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Nicholas Sparks’ book “Safe Haven.”
After “A Walk to Remember,” “The Notebook,” “The Last Song,” “The Lucky One,” and “Dear John,” Nicholas Sparks is obviously running a campaign to become president of sappiness. His novels have inspired a number of hokey adaptations chock-full of one-dimensional archetypes and scenes ripped off from other romances. This guy loves seeing people get caught in the rain more than Michael Bay marvels at the sight of explosions. The latest picture from the novelist turned producer, “Safe Haven,” is every bit as cheesy and mushy as one would expect. It’s about as original as a Lifetime movie designed to brazenly manipulate our emotions. Maybe I’m becoming easier to manipulate, but this melodramatic cornball kept me completely invested from beginning to end.
Maybe it was my preconceived distaste for chic flicks. Maybe it was the fact the romance genre tends to stick to a predictable formula. Maybe as one of the only males in the audience, I felt uncomfortable. Or, maybe, “The Lucky One” really was just that bad.
Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling come together in the newly-released “The Lucky One.” The film is based on a novel written by Nicholas Sparks.
Rated: PG-13. Running time: 1 hour, 49 minutes. 1.5 stars.
Source: AP - AP Wire Service
It’s already on the calendar.
Envy flows deep — often unspoken — in the 4A Sonoran region, as CDO’s rivals gear up to topple last year’s state runner-up squad.