October 21, 2014
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The Vow
Don Fowler
3 stars
Reviewer's Rating:

(Soppy romantic flick)

Even Joyce the romantic couldn't buy into this soppy romantic flick about a newly married woman who loses her memory after a car accident.

Flashbacks and voiceovers carry the story from past to present, as we meet Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum), two young Chicagoites who meet, fall in love, marry, and then become victims of a tragic memory loss.

Paige remembers nothing after leaving her family and moving to the big city. Leo is a complete stranger. He patiently tries to jog her memory, while her doting parents lure her back to the family homestead, where she remembers all of her old high school friends and her boyfriend, whom she dumped after dropping out of law school to become an artist.

While the movie claims to be inspired by a true story (they even show the couple during the closing credits), it stretches the relationship to extremes.

The parents are the bad guys, with a secret that isn't revealed until the final moments of this tear-jerker. Even her old boyfriend is a jerk.

Leo is stoic and committed through the entire grueling experience. After all, he took a vow to always love Paige and be there for her. So what if she hasn't a clue who he is.

Leo resorts to all sorts of devices to make Paige fall in love with him again, but she doesn't have the same loving, caring personality she had before her memory loss. This part was a bit hard to swallow.

Also difficult to accept was Channing Tatum, who plays "stoic" more like "stiff.”

"I'm not sure I can learn to love you the way that you love me," Paige says.

But wait. This is a romantic movie, so the authors come up with a bit of a contrived ending to satisfy the romantics in the audience. Well, most of them.

Rated PG-13, with some sex and minor profanity.


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