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Romance Sparks ‘The Lucky One'

Teen heartthrob Zac Efron grows into a leading man for a role full of war, love and dog kennels.

Zac Efron plays Logan, a soldier on his third tour in Afghanistan who comes across a picture of a woman and is inspired to search for her stateside, in The Lucky One.

His search lands him at a kennel in Louisiana owned by Beth (Taylor Schilling) and her grandmother, Ellie (Blythe Danner). He gets a job there and settles in, still not telling anyone his real reason for being there.

As you might imagine, sparks start to fly.

The Lucky One is a Nicholas Sparks movie. He's good at this kind of thing, writing books that turn into such movies as Message in a Bottle, Nights in Rodanthe and The Notebook.

This film is one of his better stories, and with an attractive young cast, it should appeal to audiences.

Efron is making a statement as a possible leading man, rather than a teen heartthrob. I mean, he bulked up to be in a movie in which he plays a war vet who comes home to find love in a dog kennel.

The notion that a chance event—finding a photo in the middle of nowhere—could change the lives of a man and everyone he comes into contact with is interesting. The decent story line and the chemistry between Efron and Schilling make this one worth seeing if you are into this kind of film.

The Flick-o-meter gives The Lucky One three out of five.

You're going to cry, so skip alcohol before. If you're a guy, you'll cry at the war scenes. If you're a girl, you'll cry at the love story and the war scenes. If you hate people, you'll cry at the dog scenes. This won't be a pretty show. You might as well get a non-pretty food before. Head to something like

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