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'The Lucky One' Has Plenty of Heart

Teen heartthrob Zac Efron breaks out in his first real adult role as a war veteran who has come home looking for love in a romantic melodrama that is worth the price of admission.

Zac Efron plays Logan, an Afghanistan war veteran on his third tour, who comes across a picture of a woman who inspires him 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, over a period of time, 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 turned into movies like "Message in a Bottle," "Nights in Rodanthe" and "The Notebook." This film, in my opinion, is one of his better stories. And, with an attractive young cast, it should be very appealing to audiences.

The notion that a chance event, finding a photo in the middle of nowhere, could change not only one man’s life, but the lives of everyone he comes into contact with … is interesting. A decent story line and the on-screen 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. Efron is making a statement as a possible leading man (not teen heartthrob) in future films. I mean, he bulked up to be in a movie where he plays a war vet who has come home to find love in a dog kennel.

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