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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.

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Lasse Hallström

Writers:

Jamie Linden (screenplay), Nicholas Sparks (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Channing Tatum ... John Tyree
Amanda Seyfried ... Savannah Curtis
Richard Jenkins ... Mr. Tyree
Henry Thomas ... Tim
D.J. Cotrona ... Noodles
Cullen Moss ... Rooster (Dan Rooney)
Gavin McCulley ... Starks
Jose Lucena Jr. Jose Lucena Jr. ... Berry (as Jose Lucena)
Keith Robinson ... Captain Stone
Scott Porter ... Randy
Leslea Fisher ... Susan
William Howard Bowman ... Daniels (as William Howard)
David Andrews ... Mr. Curtis
Mary Rachel Quinn ... Mrs. Curtis (as Mary Rachel Dudley)
Bryce Hayes Bryce Hayes ... Yellow Shirt
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Storyline

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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Love can transform us in ways we never could have imagined. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Querido John See more »

Filming Locations:

Oak Island, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Savannah Curtis: What can happen in 12 months, John? Tonight, you're here with me.
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Compelling and endearing, though some things definitely just don't click at times...
5 February 2010 | by Dragoneyed363See all my reviews

I had mixed expectations when I was going in to see Dear John. I had never really given any thought about how good or bad it might be, because it was a night out with friends and I was unconcerned at the moment. Eventually, we started to watch the movie. At first, it was just dull. I mean, I know it was trying to build up the characters and establish a good story line, but I was a tad bit uninterested, just because the characters were so plain at the time. Though it does set up things rather well, it lacks in any really high appeal from the moment it comes on the screen, if that makes sense.

Anyway, on to the rest of the movie. Though there were times when I was very interested, it just overall was nothing special. The performances by each individual actor were extremely questionable. For instance, Channing Tatum was unable to display any real sense of emotion except for maybe two scenes in the entire movie, and Amanda Seyfried seemed like it was just too big of a role for her to play. While they both didn't do so hot separately, I have to say the chemistry between them when they were on set together was believable, intense and undeniably noteworthy; Certainly the best thing about the movie, in my opinion.

I do give Dear John a decent and satisfactory rating for it really strived to be a poignant and strong film, even though it fell a little short, and I was moved at times by the feelings Channing and Amanda expressed into their characters, though all together their performances were eh. It was interesting and entertaining, and I enjoyed it... lightly. With all that said, it again falls short of being rewatchable with it's extreme dullness throughout and lack of powerful, independent, likable performances. Not anything special, but certainly not anything bad, and I recommend you don't watch it with high expectations, because you'll be very disappointed, but if you're not an extreme critic and you're just looking to blow some time, or are extremely hard up for Channing Tatum shirtless, you can and will enjoy this in some way.


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