Nicholas Sparks writes romantic novels that often become chick flick movies. "The Notebook," "Message in a Bottle" and"Nights in Rodanthe" are films that demonstrate his formulas for depicting people in various stages of PG-13 love.
"The Lucky One"is his latest book to reach the big screen. Zac Efron plays a soldier in Iraq who spots a photo of a blond woman on the ground after a firefight. As he walks over to pick it up, a mortar round explodes behind him. He survives and credits the girl in the photo for his good luck.
He carries the photo for the rest of his tour. When he returns to America, he sets out to find the mystery woman in the photo.
Of course he finds the lovely lady, a single mom played by Taylor Schilling. Of course they eventually fall in love. But they must overcome the interference of her hard-drinking ex-husband. He happens to be a local cop who creates lots of trouble for our amorous soldier boy.