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Good story but ran too much like daytime soap with unnecessary musical numbers.
I almost bought the book on Amazon. But the fool in me gave it a pass. Now that I'd seen the movie I have a rather mixed feelings about it. I mean the story is fine; beautiful, in fact.
But it ran so much like a daytime soap that it felt too sappy at times. And what's worse it tried to be a musical which was totally off. So much so that it even felt like "Glee".
In any event, putting the cheesiness of daytime soap and musicals aside, what's important was the story itself. In all honesty, it's a beautiful story that spans several decades and with the movie's run time being slightly under 2 hours I'd say the story line was pretty solid. But it all had to be credited to the author of original novel itself, Jay Bell. Production-wise was "meh".
However, it doesn't hurt that the two main leads happened to be cute.
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