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The Vow (2012)

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A car accident puts Paige in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo works to win her heart again.

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Michael Sucsy

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel McAdams ... Paige
Channing Tatum ... Leo
Jessica Lange ... Rita Thornton
Sam Neill ... Bill Thornton
Jessica McNamee ... Gwen
Wendy Crewson ... Dr. Fishman
Tatiana Maslany ... Lily
Lucas Bryant ... Kyle
Scott Speedman ... Jeremy
Joey Klein ... Josh
Joe Cobden ... Jim
Jeananne Goossen ... Sonia
Dillon Casey ... Ryan
Shannon Barnett ... Carrie
Lindsay Ames Lindsay Ames ... Shana
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Storyline

Leo and Paige are a couple who just got married. After an accident, Paige is left unconscious, and when she awakes she doesn't remember Leo. Her parents, whom she hasn't seen since she and Leo got together, come and visit her. She can't believe that she hasn't seen them for such a long time. Leo wants to bring her home with him but her parents want her to go with them. She goes with Leo but when she doesn't recognize anything, she goes to her parents. And she wonders why did she cut off contact with her family. She also runs into her ex and wonders why they broke up. Leo tries to win her back by courting her again. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

Inspired by True Events

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for an accident scene, sexual content, partial nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Votos de amor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,202,458, 12 February 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$125,014,030, 13 May 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$196,114,570, 17 May 2012
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2.35 : 1
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Loosely based on the story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter. The Carpenters liked the movie but were disappointed by its omission of their faith in Christianity which was an important factor in their resilience. See more »

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Leo: The moment of impact. The moment of impact proves potential for change. Has ripples effects far beyond what we can predict. Sending some particles crashing together. Making them closer than before. While sending others spinning off into great ventures. Landing them where you've never thought you've found them. That's the thing about moments like these. You can't, no matter how hard you try, controlling how it's gonna affect you. You just gotta let the colliding part goes where they may. And ...
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Get Myself Together
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If you have seen the trailer, then you have seen the movie.
15 February 2012 | by ghost_dog86See all my reviews

Written by Markus Robinson, Edited by Nicole I. Ashland

I swear, the only purpose of films like "The Vow" are to make the rest of us guys look bad. Directed in ample fashion by Michael Sucsy (Grey Gardens) , but written by a trio of "B" rate romantic comedy writers, including Abby Kohn (Valentine's Day), Marc Silverstein (He's Just Not That Into You) and Jason Katims, "The Vow" works not on the theory that "love conquers all", but on the lesser addressed notion of: good guys always finish last, but if they stay loyal (like dogs) they will eventually get the girl they want.

The "The Vow", if you don't know by now, is about this fairly annoying couple (played by Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum). You know the type. The far too quirky couple who continuously acts as if they are perpetually in their honeymoon phase, in public. Anyways, this couple, who has been married for four years, is in a car crash where the wife, Paige, loses her memory. Well, she doesn't lose her memory entirely; just (conveniently) the memories that include her life with her husband, Leo. So, if Leo really loves Paige, he must work to make her fall in love with him all over again. I don't want to scoff at or downplay this lame premise too much because it is based on a true story, but COME ON! This sounds like a Nicholas Sparks story on steroids. And in fact if you are a fan of the lesser Nicolas Sparks film adaptations (The Last Song, Dear John), "The Vow" might be right up your alley. BUT still, there are some major issues here that may work to disappoint even the most fierce sappy-romantic film addicts. Because truth be told, the premise of "The Vow" is exponentially more interesting than anything the movie has to offer.

Writing for men: Many instances in Hollywood films, there are writers that produce screenplays that contain poorly written female characters. In these cases, the woman will be more of a prop than an actual fully developed person. She will be a supporting, stand by your man, subservient character, whose sole purpose is to get the man where he needs to go. With "The Vow" just the opposite holds true. The film seems as if it were written by writers who don't know how to write for men. While the female cast is given characters that are more vibrant and have lively back-stories, Tatum is given a character that has little substance (if any at all) and can be only described only as "nice guy husband". This makes the Leo character so unrealistic, that his sweet gestures, which are meant to seem romantic, come off as phony. Furthermore, his character is so one dimensional and effeminate on many occasions (not to say guys can't be effeminate), that even the section of audience that bought a ticket just to see Tatum get the girl, will find his character tedious and undesirable at times.

Final Thought: At the end of the day, this movie is what it is. If you are expecting romantic greatness then you've come to the wrong place, because most of "The Vow" is very love story paint-by-numbers. But if you are looking for a fluff-piece to get you though Valentine's Day, because your significant other forgot to plan a nice dinner, then "The Vow" may be what you are looking for. In a nutshell, the main reason why "The Vow" is a subpar romantic movie is simpler than just "the acting was bad" or "the dialogue was poorly written". In a nutshell, "The Vow" doesn't work simply because not for one minute was I invested in any of the characters on-screen. And that is the kiss of death for any romantic film.

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