'Lucky One' Is No 'Notebook' & Zac Efron Is No Ryan Gosling (VIDEO)

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The Lucky OneI'll go ahead and speak for everyone when I say that The Notebook was the best love story of all time. I mean, come on. Allie and Noah? If you're a bird, I'm a bird? That Nicholas Sparks really knows how to tug at your heartstrings, doesn't he? Well, stock up on some tissues because his latest movie, The Lucky One, hits theaters nationwide today.

Directed by Scott Hicks, The Lucky One follows U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (played by eye-candy Zac Efron) as he arrives home from Iraq with a photograph he found of a beautiful woman (Taylor Schilling). After finding this mystery woman, he realizes he's falling in love with her, but the complications in her life might prevent them from their happily ever after.

Hmmm ... I don't know, you guys. Could this really live up to The Notebook? Well, according to the movie reviews ...

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly:

The Lucky One doesn't have the schlock rapture of The Notebook (the one Sparks adaptation that has really worked). The trouble with the movie isn't that it's too girly-swoony; it's that it tries to achieve emotion through glowy sunsets and a paint-by-numbers script.

Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter:

... director Scott Hicks serves up this treacly tale with absolutely no trace of self-consciousness about the material's cliches or simple-mindedness.

 Sara Stewart, New York Post:

I'm beginning to think writer Nicholas Sparks isn't one person at all, but a roomful of ladies doing Harlequin-romance Mad Libs.

Peter Travers, The Rolling Stone:

Consider yourself lucky if this review is the closest you get to the contamination known as The Lucky One.

Damn, the critics are really beating this one down. Poor Nicholas Sparks. But, at least the trailer looks good:

In my opinion, the main flaw is the casting. Zac Efron? Really? Believe me, I know he's dreamy. And he's certainly bulked up for this role. But he's no Ryan Gosling. I just can't picture him as this sexy leading man who will do anything to win the heart of the damsel in distress. I mean, wasn't he just bopping around to cheesy songs in High School Musical like ... yesterday?

Will you be seeing The Lucky One this weekend?


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Brianna Taylor Parnell

I do not Agree with this post at all because the notebook and the lucky one has nothing to do with the other one. yes the Notebook was a great movie and even better book. But if you read the book of the lucky one you would see yes it dose end up being a love story at the end but if you realize that for chapters of the book is telling how he survived because the photo that he found was his lucky charm. He didn't love her when he found the photo and he didn't love her until a little bit after he got to her town and started working at the kennel. the only reason why he went to find her was because of his Friend Victor told him about destiny and that it wasn't over with the photo. and later on Logan realize that he wasn't even their for her deep down it was because of her ex husband. Just because he came their looking for her and ended up falling in love is totally different from what the story line really is about. Also this story will touch the heart of many many many if not all Military wives because as being one myself i aperacite this movie and book on a level that you wouldn't understand.

nonmember avatar June

I have been looking forward to seeing this movie ever since I saw the trailer for the first time--not because it's Nicholas Sparks but because I am a hopeless romantic who believes that true love can be found over the distances of space and war. I compared this movie to "The Christmas Card" rather than trying to make it stand up to "The Notebook". I realize I haven't seen this movie yet but "The Christmas Card" immediately came to my mind when I saw the trailer for this movie. And for love alone is the reason I will see this movie and love it.

Michelle Spears

This movie looks dumb, just like every other chick flick that is boring and overly sappy. I do not enjoy love books, and movies now a days with military in it just makes me mad, except for "Act of Valor".

Felly... FellyScarlett

The Notebook is the best love story ever? You don't read much, I assume.

Torra... TorranceMom

Zac isn't Ryan - he's better. ;)

Danzz... Danzzcoach

totally agree Torrance! lol

MamaM... MamaMandee

I might see it when it comes out on DVD. 

elasmimi elasmimi

Not a Sparks fan, imagine that.

Kayla... KaylaMillar

i really want to see it. Maybe i can talk dh into taking me! =)

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