The Lucky One

6.51 h 40 min2012X-RayPG-13
HD. Zac Efron is a war vet who tracks down a woman from a photo that he believes kept him alive during battle.
Scott Hicks
Zac EfronTaylor SchillingJay R. Ferguson
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Blythe Danner
Denise Di NoviKevin McCormick
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Master ReviewerReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Holy Corny Macaroni!
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A corny story about a sex-deprived marine stalker who goes on a self-fulling adventure to satisfy his inner MILF fantasies by taking advantage of a mother who has just lost her beloved brother at war.

The title ("The Lucky One") obviously refers to that marine as he ends up getting EXACTLY what he wanted *wink wink*

The director of the movie should have casted an ugly, old, fat, bald mother instead of the typical blonde-haired country girl wearing hot-shorts and knee-high boots - now THAT would have made this movie worth 5-stars!

Holy CORNY Macaroni!!!
7 people found this helpful
TheSWalksReviewed in the United States on May 9, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
More Mud and Sweat
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I chose The Lucky One to meet a requirement for an adult reading challenge at my local library. I'm not a big fan of mainstream fictional romance, and the book was as dreary and sugary as I expected, but the movie moved at a faster pace. I found the differences between the book and movie interesting. I'm guessing that budgeting and filming resources were the reasons the story location was changed from North Carolina to Louisiana. I grew up in Louisiana, and have relatives in North Carolina, so I'm familiar with both states. Hollywood often greatly exaggerates the Southern Louisiana accent, but this movie didn't. I also preferred the plot lines and character personalities in the book. (Hollywood does love its stereotypes!) In my opinion, Blythe Danner and young Riley Thomas Stewart stole the movie. The characters really should've been sweating more, and there wasn't enough mud after that tropical storm!
8 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 30, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
More than a love story
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I really enjoyed this movie, the story was good and the acting was natural and good. It makes one aware of what the young men of our country are having to endure and overcome in the arena of war. I feel so strongly for them and wish that more could be done for their re-entry into normal society in a world so very different from what they have had to live through in combat.
The characters were so much more than the often shallow beings of hollywood. It was such a treat to experience all the emotions and trials of the characters without them resorting to bad language.
I don't think that it is cheesy; I think that most of the characters behaved in a way that most of us would think of as normal. The ex husband was awful but unfortunately we do know that there are men out there who think and behave like him.
Zac Efron is terrific as is Taylor Schilling and their characters have a depth that is inspiring. The son was so true to trusting, responsive childhood and totally believable.
All in all I would recommend this movie to everyone.
14 people found this helpful
Steve BubbenmoyerReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Don't miss Zac Efron's excellent performance.
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As a big Zac Efron fan, I always expect a lot from him. He does not fail to disappoint. In fact, I think this is one of his best performances of his young career. His character has come home from 3 tours in Iraq and finds himself searching for some meaning in life. Upon sheer coincidence, or fate, if you'd rather call it that, he searches and finds the answer to a puzzle he feels he needs to solve, the origin which started in the war. Zac plays a marine with all that entails. However, being Zac Efron, you can't help but fall in love with his character. With his toughness comes tenderness and complete sincerity that makes this move special. Zac's character feels like he's the lucky one, but in the end it turns out that the answer to the mystery is really the one with good luck and fortune. Zac connects with each character he interacts with on a level that most actors couldn't pull from themselves. Even those who hate him in the film, can't help but like him on some level. Zac's relationship with the young son of the woman he meets, as well as her grandmother, while not central to the plot, add layers of meaning and color that make you smile and cause you anguish at the same time. Zac can say so much with his eyes and face without even opening his mouth. This subtlety never fails to pull me in. The visuals and settings in the movie are lush and vivid, which again, make it a better movie. All of the performances in "The Lucky One" are very good, but in the end, this is Zac's movie and it soars because of him.
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Leigh DReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Awesome,Heartfelt and Deeply Moving
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Best-Selling author, Nicholas Sparks, has created an awesome, stirring, touching, sometimes "funny" and romantic movie featuring Zac Efron as U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault who is desparately searching for a woman, Beth (played by Taylor Schilling) whose photo served as a good-luck charm to the Sergeant and ultimately saved his life during the war. Through a series of circumstances the Sergeant finds himself in the employ of Beth's Grandmother (played by Blythe Danner) and through his employment the Sergeant comes face to face with the woman whose face graces the photo. Each character plays a pivotal part in determining their own personal destiny. As Logan, Beth and Nana embark upon this journey together each are forced to face their own demons and to once again find a new purpose in life, as well as an understanding of the loss they have each suffered....most importantly, the ability to forgive and to love again. Zac and Taylor show great on-screen chemistry chemistry! This movie runs the gamut of emotions.....devastating loss during war, the budding romance of new love, personal inspiration and a lot of down-right fun! I loved it and know that this is a movie I will enjoy watching over and over!
5 people found this helpful
Regina AustraReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Highly Recommend
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Excellent movie. Bought it for my mom. Arrived quickly and now she can watch it anytime she wants. Highly recommend this movie. It is definitely a tear jerker in some spots so get your kleenex reeady! For anyone who has been around, married to, dated, or in military or EMS, it hits close to home big time! It has a couple scenes that are intense for young children, adult wise, and war scenes. It also shows a side of how PTSD can affect not only soldiers, but families as well. We have watched this so many times I have lost count and each time we watch it, I see something different that I hadn't noticed before which is awesome. All in all, it has good morals, shows respect, romance, action, a love of animals, shows how it is possible to move on after a death or divorce, keeping Faith, encouraging your children, and that romance, honor, loyalty, and helping others are still very much a part of our world today.
13 people found this helpful
Stacie R.Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty pictures.
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The filming, the color quality and the locations were absolutely stunning. I spent more time looking at the pictures then I did getting involved in the storyline which really seemed like nothing I hadn't seen a million times before with small twists. The story simply could have been so much more than it was. Maybe it was just too much for one short movie so there were too many places to skip around. I enjoyed it, especially because of the scenery, but really thought the story could have been done much better and I expect better from the author.
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Pit Bull MomReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Sap when you want it
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OK, when you're sitting down to watch a film based on a Nicholas Sparks book, your expectations can only be so high. What you might expect is what you'll get here: romance, struggle, resolution. I'm giving four stars because that's what it is to me in the genre of sweet-mindless-romance-I-watch-when-I'm-exhausted/stressed/bored. I didn't read the book, so I can't say anything about how true the adaptation is. The movie moves slowly enough that you don't need to give it your full attention, which is helpful in a busy house. Be careful, though, to not watch it with littlies about as there are a couple of steamy scenes. One note: I rented the HD version of this via Amazon Instant Video and had a couple of blank screen issues, causing me to stop the video and try to find my place again, which was slightly annoying. So to wrap this up, if you're in the mood for a mindless romance, during which you could fold laundry or write letters or wander in and out of the room, this is a great pick.
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