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A Walk to Remember

22 Ratings: 4.0
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   Landon Carter (Shane West) and his friends are the coolest kids in Beaufort, North Carolina. They wear the right clothes, drive the right cars, and get into just enough trouble to be rebellious. Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore) is the opposite--there … see full wiki

Director: Adam Shankman
Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 25, 2002
MPAA Rating: PG
1 review about A Walk to Remember

Better Than Average, But Still Not Quite Right.

  • Feb 16, 2003
Rating:
+3
While working at a church camp this summer, I heard a lot of talk from females (both staff members and campers) about the movie A WALK TO REMEMBER. They went on and on about how good it was, how it portrayed love in a realistic way, about it's positive image of Christianity, etc. They also said it's a very sad movie that made them cry. Well, right away I knew a major plot point (think big black dude with sickle).

Anyway, I've been curious to what all the hubbub was about and when my sister left for school I borrowed her copy of the film and watched it. The film is just about what I expected. It gets a lot of things right that Hollywood usually get wrong. For instance, it:

1. Portrays a very realistic love and romance.

2. Portrays Christianity in a positive light; both Jamie and her father seem like average, normal, real Christians.

3. The situations the teens find themselves in are very real and easy to relate. Landon and his friends swear and like to pull dangerous stunts, etc.

However, with all the positive elements the movie fails in one major point: it tries to pretend to be something it is not. The movie is simple a teen chick-flick with a positive, realistic look on life. When the film keeps true to this, it is charming. However, when it veers away from it's true identity and pretends to be something else: such as the cheesy scene where Jamie uses the apologetic explanation about faith--nothing against that argument, I believe it, but in that scene in the movie it's just out of place and doesn't fit; it looses it's charm and beauty. I was also bothered by the school in the movie: Landon punches another student and there are no adults around, the students keep leaving school in the middle of the day without family or school officials knowing, what happened to their graduation? I don't know why, but that stuff bothered me and kept me from suspending my disbelief.

Overall, a better than average teen-weepy that has a positive look on life. Even though I don't fully understand, I see why all those girls this summer were so enthralled with this movie.

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