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Dear John (I) (2010)

 -  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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While John is on leave in his hometown, he finds Savannah, a college student visiting the town. Although love was unexpected, it doesn't mean they didn't find it. With the knowledge of John having to leave for the army, their love still lives, until his re-signs on due to the 9/11 attack. Troubles invade and their love put on hold. One cannot bear it anymore; can the other? Written by Fiona Anderson

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leave | love | college | army | u.s. army | See more »

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Is Duty enough reason to live a lie ? See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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

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5 February 2010 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,995,301 (UK) (16 April 2010)

Gross:

£5,445,790 (UK) (14 May 2010)
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The character of Alan was inspired by writer Nicholas Sparks' son, who is afflicted with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. See more »

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The watch John wore in the movie (Suunto X9i) is very popular in the military for it's GPS capabilities. The first time John can be seen wearing this watch is in scenes from 2001, however this product was not produced until late 2006. See more »

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Savannah Curtis: The problem with time, I've learned, whether it's those first two weeks I got to spend with you, or the final two months I got to spend with him, eventually time always runs out. I have no idea where you are out there in the world, John. But I understand that I lost the right to know these things long ago. No matter how many years go by, I know one thing to be as true as ever was - I'll see you soon then.
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This Is the Thing
Written by Fink (as Finian Greenall), Blair Mackichan, Tim Thornton, and Guy Whittaker
Performed by Fink
Courtesy of Ninja Tune
By Arrangement with Third Side Music, Inc.
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Don't read the book if you want to see and/or like this movie...
6 February 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I'll try to make this short and sweet, like the two weeks the two characters spent together before all hell broke loose:

If you read the book, lower your expectations. If you haven't read the book,...well, you can raise your expectations just a bit higher.

I was one of those girls who squealed every time they saw a TV spot, or watched the trailer on YouTube a million times. I bawled my eyes out when I read the book- both times I read it. Last night, I went to see the movie knowing full well that it wasn't going to live up to the book. Unfortunately, I was right.

What made 'Dear John' different from all the other love stories we've read and seen was taken away in the movie. I don't know how I would have understood what was going on in the movie if I hadn't read the book. Scenes were rushed (especially the two weeks where the two main characters fall in love), and characters weren't well developed at all. Heck, one of the main characters barely resembles (both appearance- and personality-wise) the character in the book. *cough*Savannah Lynn Curtis*cough*.

That said, there were a couple of scenes where the dialogue was sweet and funny. I also enjoyed the music, but that may be because I'm a huge fan of acoustic. Also, the scenery was absolutely beautiful. Not to mention Channing Tatum's body (pretty much the only thing worth my money).

As far as acting goes, Channing Tatum was the stronger one in this film. While I'm still personally neutral about my opinion on Amanda Seyfried, I found she's done better. She may be better off with comedy or musicals. And Richard Jenkins was lovable, as always.

If you've read the book, don't expect anything similar to it. I can't point out a single scene that even resembled that of the book. Part II of the book, especially, was almost non-existent. You will definitely be able to pick out the noticeable differences between the book and the film. Hopefully, you won't be TOO disappointed.

But like I said, you're more likely to enjoy the film if you haven't read the book.


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