Dear John

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Released 2010

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Director:
Lasse Hallström
Released:
2010
Rating:
PG-13
Dear John is a 2010 romantic drama starring Amanda Siegfried ("Mamma Mia") and Channing Tatum. Army Special Forces specialist John Tyree (Channing Tatum) comes home to South Carolina on a two-week leave and quickly wins the heart of Savannah Curtis (Amanda Siegfried) when he dashingly retrieves her purse that has fallen off a pier. They quickly begin a serious relationship in spite of their contrasting backgrounds. Wealthy college student Savanna has come to the area to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. John has come home to spend time with his eccentric father, Mr. Tyree (Richard Jenkins), who obsessively cares for his coin collection. When his two weeks come to a close, the two lovers agree to wait for one another until John finishes his remaining year of enlistment. Then September 11th changes their future plans. Lasse Hallstr''m ("What's Eating Gilbert Grape") directs this poignant drama of young love based on a book by bestselling author Nicholas Sparks ("The Notebook").

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  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Dear John carefully distills selected elements of human experience and reduces them to a sweet and digestible syrup. It may not be strong medicine, but it delivers an effective, pl...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    There's no real depth or texture to the characters of any sort, sentimental or otherwise, and I say that as someone who can be brought to tears by a Hallmark commercial.

  • 50

    Variety Brian Lowry

    Ultimately, the story feels as if it's killing time before throwing the next hurdle at the couple.

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Drama

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Social Issues, Military & War, Love & Romance