DVD: The Lucky One

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The latest of the many mawkish Hollywood melodramas to be based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, The Lucky One miscasts the elfin Zac Efron as a US Marine who tracks down a blue-eyed blonde (Taylor Schilling) he spotted in a photograph in Iraq.

Once they meet in her rural home, there's nothing standing in the way of their idyllic romance, so the film slots a series of sun-kissed montages into the gap where its story should be.