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The Best of Me (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 17 October 2014 (USA)
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A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown.

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Amanda and Dawson are soul mates who met as teens and were from different backgrounds. But circumstances would force them to part ways. 20 years later they are brought back together by the passing of a mutual friend. So they go back home to fulfill his final wishes and they run into each other. While Amanda is married, albeit unhappily, she still has feelings for Dawson but can't forgive him for pushing her away. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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You never forget your first love.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexuality, violence, some drug content and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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17 October 2014 (USA)  »

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Lo mejor de mí  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,003,827 (USA) (17 October 2014)

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$26,761,283 (USA) (9 January 2015)
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Trivia

This is the second Nicholas Sparks film involving James Marsden. The first being The Notebook wherein he portrayed Lon Hammond. See more »

Goofs

In '92 when young Dawson is driving, he drives by a parked newer red ford in a driveway. See more »

Quotes

Young Amanda: Dawson, What would you risk for me?
Younger Dawson: Everything.
Young Amanda: Then let me love you like that. Please.
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: The 2016 Oscars (2016) See more »

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Down by the Riverside
Arranged by Jay Weigel
Performed by Allstar Quartet+1
Courtesy of Music of Melpomene
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Just so disappointingly 'middle of the road'
23 August 2015 | by (Dudley, England) – See all my reviews

The Best of Me is simply 'middle of the road'. It's a film boasting with beautiful set pieces and cinematography, but seriously lacking in personality and story. It's a film that manages to hit the cheesiness without being downright sickening, and also a film that suffers from identity crisis. Comparatively, 'The Best of Me' and 'The Notebook' are pretty much the same film, but the former fails to hit the emotional strings the way the latter does. Strangely enough, the tone of the film is far more depressing than The Notebook, but to the point where it is almost suffocating. This was ruined by the main protagonists persona's...

I wanted to like these characters, but they were frustratingly stuck in monotone even as the story develops. For the most part I found them very difficult to connect with emotionally and sympathetically, and given the series of events that occur during the film, this is bad. Main man Dawson is a typical nice-guy with a troubled past and finds it impossible to see the positives in life. Damsel Amanda is borderline annoying, but at least she seems remotely human. The cast do a decent job portraying these characters, but still these nitpicks do bother me.

The plot also runs very monotone, it feels as if it goes nowhere. While there are a couple of stand out scenes (which are actually very good), the plot occasionally hits some serious goofs. Especially towards the end. The stunning set pieces often help the snoozier sections, Director Michael Hoffman manages to pull the visuals off very nicely.

To cut this short, The Best of Me is technically harmless. It is a watchable but also a painfully middle of the road romance film. I was left constantly hoping for something to surprise me, and whilst one scene did impress, it simply wasn't enough. If you're into something a bit more melodramatic and soppy then I'd say it's worth a watch, otherwise you're probably best giving this a miss.


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