Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling, and Zac Efron all do their part to serve our country in their respective Nicholas Sparks movies, and we can totally respect that. It's hard not to notice, though, that in Dear John, The Notebook, and especially  The Lucky One, a pattern has emerged of trying to lend the smitten stars some extra testosterone by thrusting them into military gear.

Whether they're wrapping up a tour of duty or volunteering to head back into harm's way, it feels as though this has become Sparks' unsubtle tactic of choice when it comes to restoring his male characters some manhood, the masculinity that's lost within all the countless professions of love, schmoopie strolls, horse-rides on the beach, and, yes, the stalking

You know that if Zac Efron's character was a janitor or a Kinko's employee that opted to track down the blonde in that photo, The Lucky One would exist in a whole other genre, and would star Philip Seymour Hoffman or James Spader in Efron's place.