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Dear John (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.



(screenplay), (novel)
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4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rooster (Dan Rooney)
Gavin McCulley ...
Jose Lucena Jr. ...
Berry (as Jose Lucena)
Captain Stone
Daniels (as William Howard)
Mr. Curtis
Mrs. Curtis
Bryce Hayes ...
Yellow Shirt


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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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 USA:

$30,468,614, 7 February 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$80,014,842, 25 April 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$114,977,104, 3 November 2012
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Alan was inspired by writer Nicholas Sparks' son, who is afflicted with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. See more »


On September 11, John finds a TV covering the attacks. In the first shot, the North Tower is clearly the only one still standing, meaning the South Tower had already fallen. But after a quick reaction shot to John's face, the TV then shows the South Tower falling. See more »


John Tyree: No matter where you are in the world,the moon is never bigger than your thumb.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.50 (2010) See more »


Written by Joshua Radin and Schuyler Fisk
Performed by Joshua Radin and Schuyler Fisk
Courtesy of Glass Bead Music, Inc. & Cassidy Barks, Inc.
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Don't read the book if you want to see and/or like this movie...
6 February 2010 | by 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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