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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 ... 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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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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Since the movie is loosely based on the real - life story by the Carpenters, they threw a huge fit because the F word was used by Rachel McAdams in the movie which The Carpenters didn't allow since they were strictly christians See more »

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When Leo runs to the VIP floor for the second time, after Paige has made up her mind about leaving with her parents, the sequence is a mirrored sequence of the first time he runs to the VIP floor when he meets Paige's parents. 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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Written by Matt Berninger (as Matthew D. Berninger) and Aaron Dessner (as Aaron D. Dessner)
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Weak Take on Great Romantic Comedy Story
15 February 2012 | by Richard ReillySee all my reviews

The Vow was made for the Valentine's Day audience. As I went into this movie on the evening of February 14th, the theatre was packed with couples. This movie gave them exactly what they paid for. There were plenty of cute moments that make you say, "ahhhhhh." There strange nostalgic moments that makes you realize exactly how much time Rachel McAdams forgot (wait for the moment when she turns to Channing Tatum and asks him who the President of the United States is).

This movie delivered for the audience at large. But several problems persist. For such a unique perspective on memory loss, The Vow falls into the flow of the average romantic comedy. As the core of the storyline develops (which strangely reminds me of Terri Schiavo), I can't help but feel like I have seen this before. There were so many interesting possibilities that a memory-loss movie could pursue. Instead, the writing team (which is known for big star movies such as He's Just Not That Into You and Valentine's Day) decides to take the safe route. The writing team stops this movie from being great.

Despite its problems, The Vow relies heavily on its actors. With Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill, and Scott Speedman (who I still see as the romantic interest from the TV hit "Felicity), relying so heavily on your actors is perfectly alright. Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum have a chemistry that I didn't expect. This chemistry drives the storyline forwards and leads to several dramatic and hilarious scenes that will surprise you.

I need to make a note about movies that are "Based on a True Story." It's difficult to take these story lines at face value. By basing a story on true events, the producers are hoping that you will not look too far into the plausibility of the situation. When you compare the movie with the true events, however, the differences are immense. Namely, the movie makes the crash result in one problem: the loss of several years of memories. In reality, the woman what badly hurt and also suffered from severe short term memory loss. The possibility of losing several years of memories and not haven't any other physical side-effects (aside form a tiny scar around her eyes) is almost entirely impossible.

The Vow is cute enough to enjoy at face-value. If you are looking for a movie to simply enjoy and not think too deeply, this is the movie for you. 2012 has been an awful year for Romantic Comedies. One for the Money was dreadful. This Means War promises to be almost as bad. If you are pining for a romantic comedy, this will fill your appetite until the first great one of the year is released. Looking over the list of romantic comedies to be released, however, there isn't much. My money is on the new American Pie movie.


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