The Lucky One 2012

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A Marine travels to North Carolina after serving three tours in Iraq and searches for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war.

Starring:
Zac Efron, Blythe Danner
Runtime:
1 hour 36 minutes

The Lucky One

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Scott Hicks
Starring Zac Efron, Blythe Danner
Supporting actors Taylor Schilling, Jay R. Ferguson, Riley Thomas Stewart, Joe Chrest, Adam Lefevre, Courtney J. Clark, Sharon Morris, Jillian Batherson
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Aug 2013
Format: DVD
This was an impulse buy at Tesco and is a typical afternoon movie what you might call a light weight but with a subtle difference it has beautiful camera work and breath taking scenery. The story is typical of what you might expect in that the boy finds the girl she initially hates him then grows to love him but it's done in such a way as to take it above the normal offerings. It's worth the 5 it cost and is good enough to be watched a second time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
My 19-year old daughter is a monster fan of 2004's "The Notebook" and the books of Nicholas Sparks - so I had to get 2012's "The Lucky One" for her.

For Daddy there's the fabulous actress TAYLOR SCHILLING who I think is a huge star in the making (sort of America's answer to Emily Blunt). I've pigged out on over 40 episodes of both TV Series "Mercy" (2009) and "Orange Is The New Black" (2013) precisely because she rocks both with a lightness of touch on the one hand and a genuine depth on the other. It's easy to see why Director Scott Hicks picked Schilling to stand alongside a now grown-up and buffed up ZAC EFRON in "The Lucky One" (clever casting and career moves in both cases).

I wish I could say that this is a great romance film - it isn't - but it definitely has its moments. Unfortunately a lot of the time it feels two shades short of a bad Mills and Boons book. The fluffy dogs - the idyllic surroundings - the dishevelled mother (Blythe Danner) and the pretty daughter (Taylor Schilling) - the aw-shucks family values - the laughing and flicking of hair in row boats - the shagging in dripping showers - the obstacles she must overcome (a lost brother, a bullying husband and a politically manipulative Mayor). Then there are the obligatory schlock songs in-between fields and afternoon walks, a violin-playing son in need of a father figure and cutesy tree houses. It also keeps the absolute worst piece of Rock Ballad turd I've ever heard until the end credits roll.

"The Lucky One" tries real hard - it does - but when it should be winning your heart - it's actually making you cringe. "The Jane Austen Book Club" or "People Like Us" or "Now Is Good" are all so much better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Martin on 22 Sep 2012
Format: DVD
An easy watch, acting quite good... however rather predictable. Not as good as I had hoped. One to rent, not buy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray
First I have to confess that I have not read the book. This is not my preferred genre for reading.

The film however deserves a viewing as it does rings around what could have been a Hallmark movie. This was formula enough to pretty much guess the complete film from the early beginning. However I suspect the draw is the character interaction and not a mystery or action. All the actors were good in their parts and very believable. I thought Blythe Danner was exceptional.

Basic story is of a marine Vet, on his third tour of duty in Iraq; Sgt. Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) finds a picture during the war. He believes this is his good luck charm and is determined to fine the person behind the smile in the picture that he owes his life to. He finds more than he bargained for. Did he fine more than he could handle?
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Thompson on 30 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
Zach Effron plays Logan a US Marine who while on a tour of duty in Iraq sees a picture on the ground. When he picks it up he notices that it's a photograph of a beautiful young woman. As he is looking at it a bomb goes off where he had just been standing and he realises that the photo saved his life. Logan decides to find the woman in the photo so that he can thank her for saving his life.
The story is sweet and predictible and there weren't really any surprises but I still enjoyed it.
I'm not usually a Zach Effron fan but loved him in this. This film probably wouldn't appeal to Zach's younger fans as it does feature quite a few love scenes and I must admit that these were somewhat spoilt for me by a group of young girls who kept laughing whenever these came on.
I really enjoyed this film and can't wait to see it on dvd.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By darcy on 2 Jan 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Good romantic film.thoroughly enjoyed it! Nicholas sparks stories usually good.This one did not disappoint- sometimes it's just nice to watch a film which you don't have to think about just enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dottie33 on 18 Oct 2012
Format: DVD
This is a perfect film for a night in with the wine and chocolates. Great chemistry between the two leads and a moving story. Its not action packed but it does keep your interest all the way through and I enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emily1994 on 9 Oct 2012
Format: DVD
I absolutely LOVE this film! Zac Efron is so dishy too! Went to go and see it at the cinema with my friend and I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to follow. I got the book soon after the visit to the cinema and finished it within days! Absolutely love Nicholas Sparks' books and movie adaptions and this did not let me down!
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