“The Lucky One”

“The Lucky One”

April 22nd, 2012 at 11:45 am by under A Look at the Movies

Rated PG-13
1 hour 45 minutes

Starring: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner

True love doesn’t come easily on the Louisiana Bayou for single mom Taylor Schilling in “The Lucky One”. Until, of course, handsome drifter Zach Efron sweeps her off her feet. “The Lucky One” runs out of luck when the unconvincing love story becomes too predictable. Efron, who hasn’t been with a woman since coming back from Afghanistan, puts Schilling up on a pedestal.

The picture only gets better when granny Blythe Danner sprinkles some crusty humor on this otherwise drab romance. And the lovely Louisiana scenery gives the picture a panoramic brilliance, but Efron’s too busy feeding his obsession with Taylor’s bully of an overly possessive ex-husband.

Those sultry southern nights have a way of pushing PG-13 to the brink of an R-rating, but not quite.

Schilling’s ex sees Efron standing in the way of his favorite pastime of harassing his former wife. But Efron’s not afraid of combat and tells the bully boy, he’s known guys like him his entire life.

We’ve seen too many shallow love stories which lack any emotional punch. “The Lucky One” comes up short with just 2 stars. If you’re lucky, you’ll talk your date out of seeing this lackluster love story.