Warning. Nicholas Sparks wrote the novel The Lucky One is based upon.
He’s the writer who gave us the tearjerkers The Notebook, Dear John and the really awful Miley Cyrus adult breakout flick, The Last Song. It’s a beautifully filmed, but badly done, chick flick.
This is guy repellent turf. You’ll likely want to let her do this one alone.
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Zac Efron — desperate to lose his High School Musical ID — stars as Logan, a Marine and war veteran on a mission. After watching many soldiers die in an ambush, Logan sees a photo of a woman lying on the ground. When he goes to pick it up, the place he was sitting blows up and more men die. He’s the lucky one.
After being discharged Logan tries to find her. After a not-so-long search — presto — out of millions living on the Gulf Coast, there she is. As expected and very predictably, circumstances keep him from telling her that he was a) looking for her and b) her picture saved his life.
She runs a dog clinic and needs a worker. Rather than spill — because not telling her is the predictable end of the movie crisis — he asks for the job and gets hired.
Later, they fall in love. And the love complication is that her ex-husband is a vicious, controlling cop.
Fortunately, grandma is her anchor and it’s grandma that sees the match made in movie heaven. It’s a match that gives us not one, not two, but three beautifully filmed but very PG-13 love scenes in a row. One was more than enough.
Taylor Schilling (Atlas Shrugged: Part 1) is Beth and grandma is done by the great character actress Blythe Danner. Too bad she’s the only actor in the project with a character that has three dimensions. Danner has a blast. No one else does. Starting with the non-chemistry between Schilling and Efron, The Lucky One slogs from one soap opera cliche to another.
The appeal is to ladies in love with love stories. Most love story lovers will be enraged by this review. I’ll be accused of having no soul, no heart. It won’t bother me. Been there done that and leads to why The Lucky One is such a bad movie.
Been there. Done that.
Mr. Movie rating: 1 star
Rated PG-13 for mature themes, violence. It’s playing at the Carmike 12, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.