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Forever My Girl (2018)

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After being gone for a decade a country star returns home to the love he left behind.

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Bethany Ashton Wolf (screenplay by), Heidi McLaughlin (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Roe ... Liam
Jessica Rothe ... Josie
Abby Ryder Fortson ... Billy
Travis Tritt ... Walt
Peter Cambor ... Sam
Gillian Vigman ... Doris
Judith Hoag ... Dr. Whitman
Tyler Riggs ... Jake (as Stephen T. Riggs)
John Benjamin Hickey ... Pastor Brian
Morgan Alexandria ... Kiera
Lauren Gros ... Laura
Terayle Hill ... Mason
James Rackley James Rackley ... Johnny
Divina Cook ... Mrs. Boudreaux
Jason Davis ... Mr. Guillory
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Storyline

In Saint Augustine, Louisiana, Josie is left at the altar by her fiance Liam. Eight years later, Liam is a successful country singer. The day after a concert in New Orleans, Liam learns that Mason, one of his groomsmen from the wedding, has been killed in a car accident. Liam returns to St. Augustine and attends Mason's funeral. Although Liam attempts to be discreet, Josie recognizes him. After Mason's burial, Josie approaches Liam and punches him in the stomach. Liam stays with his father, Pastor Brian, although his father is bitter that Liam never kept in contact after becoming famous..

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated PG for thematic elements including drinking, and for language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forever My Girl See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,245,490, 21 January 2018

Gross USA:

$16,376,066
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LD Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Roe prepped to play Liam Page as a singer, musician, and performer for 5 months before shooting commenced with music producer Boyett and screenwriter/director Wolf. He went through rigorous singing rehearsals, performed on stage in jam sessions with a live band each week in private rehearsal spaces, and then recorded in Nashville. Wolf and Roe felt that it was a pivotal part of his prep to be able to fully embody country star Liam Page. Wolf wanted Roe to not only be a great singer and musician, which she says that he is, but she wanted him to also truly feel as though he could command a stage as a country star performing to 20,000 fans. Wolf felt that performing on stage with a live band each week in jam sessions leading up to production was an important part of his process to prep for the role. See more »

Goofs

When the vehicles drive into the hangar in London, the driver is still on the left side of the car, not the right, as they should be in England. See more »

Quotes

Sam: Does that prehistoric cell phone of yours even have wa fa?
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Soundtracks

Little White Church
Written by Karen Fairchild, Wayne Kirkpatrick (as Wayne Kirkpatrick Jr.), Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook
Performed by Little Big Town
Courtesy of Capitol Nashville Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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a blanket of some type
19 January 2018 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. To determine if this is your type of movie, you need only answer one question: Are you a Nicholas Sparks fan? Even though this is based on a novel by Heidi McLaughlin and not Nicholas Sparks, no normal person would be able to tell the difference, as the formula and story structure is very familiar (even the marketing campaign capitalizes on this). Perhaps that is the key to the success of movies like this - the stories are like a warm, comfy blanket to some folks.

Picturesque (and fictional) St Augustine, Louisiana is the setting for the love story of Liam and Josie. Things get off to a rocky start as the jilted bride is stranded on her wedding day. The film jumps ahead 8 years and we find that Liam (Alex Roe, THE 5TH WAVE) is now a country music superstar with a drinking problem and a duct-taped flip phone, while Josie (Jessica Rothe, HAPPY DEATH DAY) is a successful business owner and single mom. It's at this point where you could most assuredly guess what happens next, as predictability and commitment to the formula are the mission.

Bethany Ashton Wolf is the writer/director and her film benefits from the presence of star-in-the-making Alex Roe and the precocious Abby Ryder Fortson as Josie's daughter. Mr. Roe spends much of the movie in various stages of sweat (I guess that's supposed to be sexy?), but the camera loves him and he has a unique approach that sets him apart from the endless line of pretty boy actors. Young Miss Fortson has already played the daughter of ANT-MAN and she has the ability to come off as normal kid, rather than an actress playing a kid.

John Benjamin Hickey (Liam's dad), Gillian Vigman (publicist), Tyler Riggs (Josie's brother), and Peter Cambor (Liam's agent) fill the supporting roles, and it's Travis Tritt who adds an all-too-brief touch of authenticity to the music and local saloon. The movie is exactly what it portends to be ... nothing more, nothing less. If it's to your taste, it'll be that soft comforter that brings you serenity. If it's not your style, it will likely be as itchy and scratchy as a new wool horse blanket.


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