The Lucky One (2012) | Watch this Movie Online for Free Stream
Zac Efron plays a bit of a warrior monk who has returned to civilian life after three tours of Iraq. He is trying to come to terms with his experiences of combat and trying to understand how he made it home alive when others didn't and maybe he shouldn't have. He isn't the clichéd shell shocked/PTSD combat vet, but a good, honest man struggling with his experiences. If you have been to combat in anyway, you empathize with him. Zac Efron plays the role well from the tats to the close quarters combat. Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, and the others are good foils to his journey for understanding. My (military) audience was very engaged during the movie, especially (spoiler follows) when Beth tells off her stalker ex-husband. They cheered and clapped for her. This movie won't change your life, but it will help you appreciate it. Take a friend and go see it.
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Depending on the type of career young heartthrob Zac Efron wants to have, The Lucky One is exactly the right choice, or… not. Will Fetters’ script is based on a novel from Nicholas Sparks, who also provided the source material for A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Dear John, and The Last Song. With a Sparks novel, you know what you’re going to get: young people in love, a North Carolina setting, and about $80 million domestic.