WEEK IN FILM
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As the latest romance/drama from the Nicolas Sparks novel adaptation factory, The Lucky One tells the story of the world’s prettiest marine and his search for a mystery woman. Heartthrob Zac Efron stars as Logan, the soldier who is looking for the girl-that-got-away, but set across his three deployments overseas. Relative unknown Taylor Schilling plays Beth, the girl that Efron can’t get out of his head. Despite the war backdrop, The Lucky One still looks like typical Sparks-ian cheese but there is definitely an audience for that, and fans of The Notebook and Dear John will probably enjoy what is on offer here.
Based on the book by Steve Harvey, this rom-com looks to have some fun with couples who take some interesting relationship advice. The mostly African-American cast stars Kevin Hart, Chris Brown, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good and Regina Hall. It is a large cast of characters, but that is nothing new to the typically star-studded, but often disappointing genre. Hopefully the creativity afforded by Harvey’s book will make for some good laughs as the men and women try to play one another, and not have the audience give the movie the “silent treatment.”
Rounding out the major releases this week is a documentary about a three-year-old chimpanzee. While it might sound like the odd one out, Chimpanzee is being put out by Disney, who have a stellar record with their family-friendly nature documentaries. Not to mention that the whole thing is narrated by Tim Allen. Chances are it won’t top the box office, but it will probably make up for it in “Awwwwww’s.”