What I Saw: The Lucky One
If the movies teach us anything about real life, it is that all heterosexual relationships begin with one person lying to the other one. Indeed, I am starting to suspect that choosing the right lie may be even more important than choosing the right partner. The formula doesn’t work if you come clean on your own, so you want to pick a lie that is certain to be revealed by a third party-- preferably someone with a vested interest in splitting you up. You’ll also need some physical evidence that can’t be explained away as a simple misunderstanding. And of course, it must be a lie that is big enough to utterly destroy all trust that you’ve built between each other, yet small enough that it can be overcome with a single gesture.
In fairness, Zac Efron has more than just a good lie going for him to help him win over Taylor Schilling. He is also a former marine who knows how to walk back and forth in front of her window with his dog, and readily admits that he “can’t remember the last time he had a plan.” If that’s not enough of a catch for you, he’s also working the intergenerational angle with grandma (Blythe Danner) cheering them on and a kid that he can buddy up to when the girl isn’t biting (something that is never cool in real life). Still, if I didn’t know better, I would have thought that the whole movie was just an excuse to look at Mr. Efron without his shirt on.
Which is absolutely fine for the movies. I just hope that in real life all the women out there realize that we’re in the twenty-first century, and you no longer have to wait around for a guy to start lying to you. You can take charge and start lying to them first!
Not gonna happen. Maybe there was an original song somewhere that will get submitted, but it won’t go anywhere in the nomination process.
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