Synopsis: After returning from Iraq, a marine looks for the woman in a photo he found so he can thank her for being his good luck charm.
Who’s in it? Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner and Jay Ferguson star in the movie.
Review: We’ve had “The Lucky One” sitting by our DVD player for almost four months before finally getting around to watching it this past weekend. This was both because we never seemed to find the time (and had another movie we wanted to watch more) and because I’m just not a huge romantic movie fan any more. And, while I will admit it turned out to be better than expected, I also found plenty of reasons to justify waiting so long to finally watch it.
On the surface, the movie has a somewhat interesting plot. The marine (Efron) finds a photo and, after doing so, seems to survive plenty of things he shouldn’t be surviving. And, the fact he decides to track down the woman in the photo when he gets home so he can tell her thank you was just unique enough to give this film a lot of potential.
In fact, my biggest complaint about this movie (and I suspect I would have the same complaint about the book it is based on) is he finds the mysterious woman (Schilling) way too fast. Once that happens, the film ceases to be anything overly special.
OK, to be fair, I might have given the film a bit better of a review had it made any significant effort to show some additional uniqueness. But, after the part with the mysterious photo, it fell into the same tired routine as so many other movies. Boy meets girl. The boy lies to the girl (or, in this case, doesn’t tell her the full truth). They fall in love because, other than the lie, he’s a completely amazing guy. Eventually, that relationship is put on the rocks because she finds out his secret and misinterprets his intentions. Heck, it even has the jealous, interfering ex (who is, of course, the exact opposite of the hero in every way). In other words, the names and the basic premise might be different. But, overall, this is the same film I’ve seen dozens of times before.
I will say there were a couple things about this movie I did find I liked. The first was the way the ex-husband (Ferguson) was given a chance to redeem himself, at least as far as his son was concerned. As a dad myself, that type of stuff is important to me.
I also found I liked the part about the picture belonging to her recently-killed brother. Even though the movie didn’t address this (another mistake), it did raise the question about whether or not his finding the photo, surviving when he shouldn’t and ultimately finding and caring for the woman was the work of the brother trying to take care of his sister from beyond the grave. In other words, it got me thinking a bit at least.
Final Opinion: As I said before, there were a couple things I liked about this movie when watching it. But, because it is so similar to so many other movies I’ve watched over the years, I highly doubt it will prove to be all that memorable for me. In fact, a year from now, I probably won’t remember even watching it.
My Grade: C