Dear John (12A)
Friday 16 April 2010
Lasse Hallström's extraordinarily dull and earnest romantic drama stars Channing Tatum as a brooding hulk, and Amanda Seyfried as the petite southern belle he meets on the beach.
He's a soldier on leave. She's a college student on spring break. "Two weeks together! That's all it took. Two weeks for me to fall in love with you," she gushes. The dialogue is underpinned by mawkish piano music. He goes off to war. She goes back to study. 9/11 happens. Various plot contrivances (autistic relatives, cancer-stricken friends, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq etc) ensure the couple drift apart. This is an epistolary movie and Hallström's craftsmanship can't disguise how torpid this all is.
musicReview: Culture Club performs live for first time in 12 years
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Axe wielding man shot dead after attacking four New York policemen on busy street
- 3 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 4 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 5 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo
This is what a film sex scene actually looks like on set (mostly awkward)
Taylor Swift, 1989 - album review: Pop star shows 'promising signs of maturity'
American Horror Story season 4, Fox - review: Silly, sensational but still sensitive
The Apprentice 2014: Nurun Ahmed and Lindsay Booth sent home in double firing
Russell Brand's Revolution - book review: Witty banalities aside, the comic has an authentic voice
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Attacks on 'Ukip Calypso' show how skewed people’s priorities are