A single phrase might be all that's necessary to review The Lucky One: "A Nicholas Sparks movie." Sure, Scott Hicks (Shine) is the director and Will Fetters (Remember Me) gets a screenplay credit, but the average movie-goer who settles into a theater chair to watch this is there because she appreciates Sparks and/or the kinds of books he writes. The Lucky One delivers what's expected from it: a heartfelt romantic melodrama with attractive actors in the lead roles; gauzy, moody photography; a saccharine score; and all the heat that a PG-13 production can muster. There are no surprises here - nor, one suspects, would any member of the target audience welcome such things. Barbara Cartland would be proud.
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