Dear John

WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH A LETTER THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING?

In 2001, John and Savannah (Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried) meet and fall in love, but their relationship is tested at the start of the Afghanistan War when John decides to re-enlist. It’s very hard to see what Lasse Hallström saw in this simple romantic story, as formulaic and syrupy as anything else Nicholas Sparks has written. Still, the director knows how to pick the right cast and the young stars carry the film through its painfully obvious twists and turns; Richard Jenkins is also good as the autistic dad.

2010-U.S. 105 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Lasse Hallström. Novel: Nicholas Sparks. Cast: Channing Tatum (John Tyree), Amanda Seyfried (Savannah Curtis), Richard Jenkins (Bill Tyree), Henry Thomas, Scott Porter, David Andrews.

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