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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.

Director:

Ross Katz

Writers:

Bryan Sipe (screenplay), Nicholas Sparks (novel)
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Cast

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 ... Megan
Lou Lou Safran Lou Lou Safran ... Katie
Vance Griswold Vance Griswold ... Jesse
Brett Rice ... Dr. McCarthy
Ashley LeConte Campbell ... Maryanne McCarthy
Sharon Blackwood ... Cora
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Storyline

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

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Let your heart decide.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En nombre del amor See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,050,443, 7 February 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,709,066, 27 March 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,420,878
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Trivia

Clint Eastwood's son, Scott Eastwood, was originally cast in this film but was replaced by Tom Welling and put into another movie from a book also written by Nicholas Sparks, called The Longest Ride (2015), which came out in April 10, 2015. See more »

Goofs

The newborn puppies appear to be several weeks old rather than a few hours. See more »

Quotes

Travis: Why do you make it so hard for me to flirt with you?
Gabby: Because if I made it easy you wouldn't flirt with me anymore.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Choice (2016) See more »

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On My Way Back Home
Written by Ben Bridwell (as Benjamin Bridwell)
Performed by Band of Horses
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Puppies in a basket
4 February 2016 | by David FergusonSee all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. When the word formulaic is used to describe a movie or book, it's typically meant as a disparagement. We must admit, however, that if the formula works, it only makes sense (and dollars) to stick with it. Most Hollywood blockbuster franchises are built around a basic formula – superheroes, romantic-comedies, alien invasions, etc. Author Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook) has taken his tragic-romance novel formula and turned it into big screen gold. This is the eleventh film developed from his writing, and it's likely to be another successful entry into the Sparks canon.

Director Ross Katz (Adult Beginners, 2015) is at the helm of the screenplay by Bryan Sipe (upcoming Demolition) and many of the familiar Sparks features are present. First off, the key players are all exceedingly attractive – Ralph Lauren model attractive. Secondly, there is a will they/won't they romance that will of course happen and then may fall apart, but probably won't. And third, some type of tragedy will occur that will kick off a stream of tears from a certain segment of the audience.

This one begins with a narrator's humble-brag promising to tell us the "secret of life". That narrator is Travis, played with an over-flowing abundance of southern charm by Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, 2012). His main vices are a tendency to use "damn" to the point of overkill in most every conversation, and his natural ability to attract the ladies. Oh, and he has a rescue dog and a lake house and he is a veterinarian. See, in the Sparks universe, everyone is beautiful and successful. Travis has his eye on his new neighbor, who is pretending to be annoyed but mostly admits to playing a game of hard-to-get. This is Gabby (Teresa Palmer, Warm Bodies 2013), and she is beautiful and a doctor-to-be. Gabby's current boyfriend is, of course, a handsome doctor. Ryan is played by Tom Welling (a bit heftier than his days as Clark Kent/Superman in "Smallville").

The beautiful Maggie Grace (Taken) plays Travis' sister, and Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas) plays Monica … she is not only beautiful, but she is also the nicest, most understanding and supportive "other" woman ever seen on screen. Tom Wilkinson plays Travis' veterinarian dad, and Sharon Blackwood plays the wise-cracking and match-making assistant Cora. If that's not enough beauty and success for you, we also get "puppies in a basket"! Come for the chuckles and tears … just not twists or surprises. Fans of this genre will get exactly what they want. It's a romantic fantasy set in the somewhat realistic world of doctors, veterinarians, and equestrians. The faces are perfect. The dialogue is snappy without being demanding (even in the God discussion). Many scenes feature loyal dogs, or a serene lake, or the "moon and stars". Even the difficult parts of life – raising kids, health issues, etc – are given the "yada, yada, yada" treatment. While Travis claims over and over that Gabby "bothers him", it's the kind of bother that creates a cryfest in the theatre … whether things go right or wrong. It's also the reason that all eleven Sparks films feature a couple of lovers on the poster. Just remember, if that formula works ….


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