An inconsequential two-hanky lost-love woman’s pic disguised as an inconsequential home-front war drama, courtesy director Lasse Hallström and novelist Nicholas Sparks. An inarticulate soldier (hunk-of-the-month Channing Tatum) with a pathologically shy father (Richard Jenkins) meets a vapid, blond rich girl (Amanda Seyfried from Jennifer’s Body) while on leave in their hometown of Charleston, SC, circa 2001. He ships out for various wars, they dissolve and reunite, and that’s it. Could have used a bit more narrative incident, not to mention better sets in the battle scenes. Jenkins and Henry Thomas lend needed character support but it’s not enough. Hallström has a history of writing-plagued tearjerker projects (The Cider House Rules, Chocolat, The Shipping News). Chalk up one more (105 min.).
Director: Lasse Hallström
Writer: Nicholas Sparks and Jamie Linden
Producer: Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey
Cast: Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Henry Thomas, Richard Jenkins, Scott Porter, Leslea Fisher, Cullen Moss, Mary Rachel Dudley, Michael Harding and June Letourneau