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Dear John (I) (2010)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  5 February 2010 (USA)
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A romantic drama about a soldier who falls for a conservative college student while he's home on leave.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gavin McCulley ...
Berry (as Jose Lucena)
Daniels (as William Howard)
Bryce Hayes ...


South Carolina US Army Special operations soldier John is on summer leave from his German base, visiting his widowed father. Being gallant on the pier, he befriends college student Savannah, a college student, and her buddies, a terminal father and his angelic son. John falls in love with Savannah, who diagnoses his beloved, gentle but weird father as mildly autistic. He plans not to sign up again, but 9/11 changes that, and she won't wait idly while their friends desperately need help. Written by KGF Vissers

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Plot Keywords:

leave | love | college | army | u.s. army | See All (53) »


What would you do with a letter that changed everything ? See more »


Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 February 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Querido John  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,468,614 (USA) (5 February 2010)


£5,445,790 (UK) (14 May 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »


There is a typo in the end credits. In the Special Thanks section it reads "United States Mint And Its' Philadelphia Facility" See more »


John Tyree: You're starting to make me a little nervous.
Savannah Curtis: Why am I starting to make you nervous?
John Tyree: Because I'm starting to think you might be too good of a person for me.
Savannah Curtis: Oh. No, I'm not that good of a person.
John Tyree: You're sneaking off every day to do manual labor on a house for charity. On your spring break.
Savannah Curtis: Yeah, you're right. It's selfish, really, me being this generous.
John Tyree: But no, seriously. You don't drink, you don't smoke.
Savannah Curtis: Nope. Nope.
John Tyree: You probably don't sleep around.
Savannah Curtis: Absolutely not.
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Written by Nick Hexum
Performed by 311
Courtesy of Volcano Entertainment III, LLC and The RCA/Jive Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Disappointing and not what I expected.
6 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

I was really looking forward to watching this movie - although, my expectations were not very high - but it turned out to be worse than I expected. I knew Channing Tatum was not the greatest actor - although, he is gorgeous - so I wasn't expecting very good acting. It was decent but I just didn't feel the chemistry between the two actors. The "twist" which I won't mention was where I thought the movie went completely downhill. It was very poorly executed and if you've seen the movie, you'll probably agree. Throughout, the movie was very slow- moving and not very exciting but there were a couple emotional parts! So far, the only people I've asked that did like the movie, seem to be the younger ones (12-15).

This movie is definitely NOT comparable to "The Notebook" like some people have been saying. It was nothing special, so I wouldn't watch it again, but I'd say it's good for a chick flick night. Another one of those movies like that looked SO much better on the commercials.

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