The Lucky One
PG, 1hr 41min
Reviewed by Peter Lampp.
My strategy as a non-chick was to sneak into a quiet session of this romantic melodrama convinced all the younger womenfolk would be away chasing the tails of boy banders One Direction.
But no, my male cover was blown when I was spotted by the wife of another and I had to babble to her that this was work, not pleasure.
Hey, there were frightening war scenes in Iraq which were suitable for chaps, in which everyone appeared to get their beans except former boy actor Zac Efron who grew stubble to look grown up.
But then it got suitably soppy. Efron portrayed US Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault on his third tour of duty and amid all the bang, bang, he happened upon a photo of a blonde chick. Nicholas Sparks had him finding her faster than you could utter "Geronimo".
Just tell me Nicholas has never been a Mills & Boon author.
How Thibault achieved the feat of finding the blonde in a nation of 300 million is never explained. But hey, this is romance of the dreams variety and the guy with the sparkling eyeballs was always destined to meet pretty divorced mother of one, Beth Green (the virtually unknown Taylor Schilling).
She was running a dog hotel in a Louisiana bayou and Logan just happened to rock up there with his "shepherd", as in German.
There's the usual crew – a cute tousle-haired kid, a level-headed granny and a jealous bully of an estranged husband who happens to be the sheriff.
And surprise, Beth's initial dislike of the hero turns into a lot of like.
It was pushing it to put this movie on the same plane as Sparks' other romantic books which hit the screen, like The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe and Dear John.
But for those happy to put the dialogue aside, the lack of chemistry and the predictability of it, dreamy romantics should return a nice profit to the theatre people.
Scene to remember: Two heart-throbs wantonly dousing themselves in the shower, yes together.
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