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Safe Haven (2013)

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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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Storyline

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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14 February 2013 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,401,594, 17 February 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$71,349,120

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,594,140
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Trivia

This is the 8th film adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel and the second one to be directed by Lasse Halström, the first one being Dear John (2010). See more »

Goofs

When Lexi is preparing to jump from the roof, her shirt straps fall down to her arms. When the camera cuts back to her, the shirt straps are back up. See more »

Quotes

Jo: It's a bike, not a kidney.
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Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.87 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Summer Child
Written by Dar Williams and Rob Hyman (as Robert Hyman)
Performed by Dar Williams
Courtesy of Razor & Tie Direct, LLC
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A Romance that does not feel very romantic
18 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

I was underwhelmed by Safe Haven, mostly because I cared little about the characters for most of the film--except for the little girl, Lexie, who was the high point of the film.

I was going to rate it a 6 until the bogus ending, for which I am deducting 2 points.

The acting, overall, is okay. Still it is not convincing. The story is, I think, the film's weakness. Besides the fact it did not endear the characters to me, I felt that the actions of the characters were not true to life, making their personality traits contradictory. Also, I feel the story development was too slow.

Finally, the beginning of the film and the end of the film feel like they were slapped together from two different movies. For a better first part, see almost any romantic drama. For a better second half, see Cape Fear starring Robert Mitchum.


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