Sunday, April 29, 2012

Review of "The Lucky One"

I went to see “The Lucky One” by Warner Brothers Pictures, starring Zac Efron (as Logan) and Blythe Danner (as Ellie), not knowing too much about the film except that it revolves around a veteran returning home from duty in Iraq.   During the movie I learned that Logan carries around the one thing he credits with keeping him alive--a photograph he found of a woman he doesn't even know. Learning her name is Beth (played by Taylor Schilling) and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm.

I agree with many reviewers that basically, the movie is just not that good.  It’s standard Nicholas Sparks and very plodding, formulaic and moody.

But beyond that, I found this movie extremely offensive.  Let me say that I’m not a prude (although I don’t appreciate gratuitous sex or violence in any form), but what troubled me so in “The Lucky One’ was the juxtaposition of faith and premarital sex. 

Beth’s young son Ben (played by the charmingly cute Riley Thomas Stewart) is a budding violinist, and initially, I was pleasantly surprised that the movie includes Ben practicing a hymn (“In the Garden”) on his violin, over-heard by our hero, Logan.  Inspired, Logan begins to play the hymn on Beth’s piano and then is asked to accompany Beth’s grandmother’s choir in church, which he does.  There’s a stirring Sunday morning scene where Logan coaxes Ben to play the hymn on his violin for the congregation.  I was so pleased to see that everyone attended church, even Beth’s troublesome ex-husband, and seemed engaged & inspired by the service.

Beth and Logan, of course, become involved, and there is not much left to the imagination as they engage in sex early in their relationship.  Premarital sex is everywhere – in PG movies, in primetime television, novels, you name it.  While its increasing predominance always concerns me, it’s normally not blatantly engaged in by implicitly faith-filled individuals who also attend and are involved in their church.  The message, therefore, is that Christians are like the world when it comes to sexual morality before marriage, and that’s OK – even “beautiful” and “redemptive.” 

There are certain gray areas in the Bible, but premarital and extramarital sex is simply not one of them, and I was so very disappointed that, along with many inspirational & encouraging messages in “The Lucky One,” it didn’t take the higher road in this regard.

Copyright Read On Read Now 2012

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