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The Choice (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 5 February 2016 (USA)
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Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life's most defining events.


Ross Katz


Bryan Sipe (screenplay), Nicholas Sparks (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Benjamin Walker ... Travis
Teresa Palmer ... Gabby
Maggie Grace ... Steph
Alexandra Daddario ... Monica
Tom Wilkinson ... Shep
Tom Welling ... Ryan
Jesse C. Boyd ... Matt
Brad James ... Ben
Noree Victoria ... Liz
Anna Enger Ritch ... Megan (as Anna Enger)
Lou Lou Safran Lou Lou Safran ... Katie
Vance Griswold Vance Griswold ... Jesse
Brett Rice ... Dr. McCarthy
Ashley LeConte Campbell ... Maryanne McCarthy
Sharon Blackwood ... Cora


In a small coastal town, the veterinarian Travis Shaw works with his father Shep and is very close to his beloved sister Steph. Travis is very successful with the women and dates Monica every now and then. When the resident Gabby Holland moves to the next door house, she initially believes he is a pretentious man. But when her boyfriend Ryan MacCarthy, who is fellow doctor in the same hospital where she works, needs to travel to another city, Gabby and Travis have a relationship and fall in love with each other. Out of the blue, Ryan returns and proposes to marry her. Now Gabby has to make a choice between her two loves. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Let your heart decide.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some thematic issues | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The wooden box that Adrienne made for Paul in "Nights in Rodanthe" is featured when Travis is going through Gabby's things. See more »


Travis attends a carnival which is said to be at "Wrightsville." There is no carnival in Wrightsville or at Wrightsville Beach, but there is a standing carnival every summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day at nearby Carolina Beach. See more »


Gabby: I heard every word you said. You were breathing for me baby. Your heart beat for mine.
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Referenced in Wonder (2017) See more »


What Can I Do
Written by Kelly Crisp and Phillip Howard
Performed by The Rosebuds
Courtesy of Merge Records
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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A Textbook Romantic Drama – whatever that's suppose to mean.
4 February 2016 | by supatubeSee all my reviews

Another Nicholas Sparks' (The Notebook) novel adapted for the screen where there's some love, some sadness, some happiness and a dash of mystery. 'The Notebook' was such a captivating love story that it cemented Mr sparks word on romance as the only word. The many mediocre stories that followed proved otherwise. Perhaps it's in the medium and the storyteller's ability to take the novel and turn it into a successful screenplay? But 'The Last Song', where Mr Sparks flexed his screenplay talents, is without a doubt the worst of the bunch.

Neighbours, Travis and Gabby, meet as most annoying neighbours meet, in a heated engagement over noise, which quickly turns from outrage to mild intrigue to full on schoolyard-smitten.

She's a doctor to be from a wealthy family and he a vet from modest upbringings – complete with a southern accent even though neither his sister nor father shares this accent. How peculiar. Was Benjamin Walker merely flexing his craft for accents or was it that nobody wants to hear Tom Wilkinson attempt a southern accent? And then how does one make the creative decision, do we remove the southern charm or remove Tom Wilkinson? You remove neither and pretend no one will notice, which, as you can see, totally worked. Smooth transition, my foreign soul totally couldn't tell that the Parks family don't share a familial speech pattern. But major digression there.

So, the doctor to be and the wild and crazy animal doctor – I know right, a wild and crazy vet because that's so common to find – more digression.

So, they flirt over a litter of puppies and with a few smooth moves are engulfed in the intoxication of the other. Things seem to be moving on swimmingly until things stop moving along swimmingly. Mainly because it gets a little boring. Or a lot boring, depending on the type of person you are. But the boredom is there, how much you want to drink up is entirely up to you. I personally could have had fifteen per cent less and a tad more T&A but apparently there's more romance in the awkward middle than the sexy beginning.

Give or take a few captivating moments, 'The Choice' is not as moving as 'The Notebook', nor is it as sexy as "The Longest Ride" but it is nowhere near as brain-dead as "The Last Song" – take that for what its worth.

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5 February 2016 (USA) See more »

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