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A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.

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Jon Kohler ...
Bus Station Clerk
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Bus Station Worker
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Giulia Pagano ...
Pushy Bus Woman
Juan Piedrahita ...
Jr. Detective Ramirez (as Juan Carlos Piedrahita)
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Bus Boy
Tora Hallström ...
Ivan's Waitress
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When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family. But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and ... Written by Nicholas Sparks

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving threatening behavior, and for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,401,594 (USA) (15 February 2013)

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$71,346,930 (USA) (24 May 2013)
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Trivia

Lead star Josh invited some local Southport NC Staff from a restaurant to go sailing with him during filming. See more »

Goofs

Katie calls and leaves a message on her neighbor's answering machine while at work at Ivan's on a Monday (according to the answering machine). When Kevin calls Ivan's and listens to the recording, it states that Ivan's is open Tuesday to Sunday, meaning it is closed on Monday. See more »

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Alex: So why South Port?
Katie: It's like this, a clean empty canvas.
Alex: So you're starting over.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.201 (2013) See more »

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We Both Know
Written by Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat
Performed by Colbie Caillat feat. Gavin DeGraw
Colbie Callat appears courtesy of Universal Republic Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Gavin DeGraw appears courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Ent.
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A Little Bit Bland
24 March 2013 | by (North Lanarkshire, Scotland) – See all my reviews

'Safe Haven' is from the same author as romantic classic 'The Notebook.' 'Safe Haven' is not exactly as generic as 'The Notebook' but it does qualify as pretty boring in terms of cinematic exploration.

Despite the story – on paper – seeming fairly interesting and relatively unique to the romantic genre, the film still manages to bore you for the first hour of it. In fact, the last 30 minutes of the film are sadly the most interesting. Before that we have endless conversations that seem pointless and clichéd, naff romantic gestures and unrealistic characters. Domestic abuse is sadly a very real problem for many but this film somehow makes the issue seem very unrealistic and as something so dramatic it could never happen in real life. Beautiful people deal with their problems in a beautiful, idyllic small town very quickly and very easily, it isn't exactly interesting.

The acting was a lot better than I had expected; Julianne Hough was a bit flat in some scenes but her performance wasn't bad – just not memorable. Josh Duhamel gave a fairly good performance; he was not playing a pretty face with zero background like he has done in other films and he managed to show he can act with at least a little depth. David Lyons gave the best performance in the film but unfortunately had the least amount of screen time. Playing the creepy, alcoholic, abusive husband, he made the final act worth watching and was quite scary.

Overall, the film certainly is not a bad film; it just isn't a very interesting or memorable one. It's full of clichés and there are not many emotional, heart-warming scenes so it is a little bit bland.


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