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Dear John (2010)

  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 27,968 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance | War
  • Release Date: 5 February 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 108 min
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Dear John (2010)


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  • IMDb page: Dear John (2010)
  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 27,968 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance | War
  • Release Date: 5 February 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 108 min
  • Filming Location: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
  • Budget: $25,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $80,014,842(USA)(25 April 2010)
  • Director: Lasse Hallström
  • Stars: Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried and Richard Jenkins
  • Original Music By: Deborah Lurie   
  • Soundtrack: Amber
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Love | College | Leave | Army | U.S. Army

Writing Credits By:

  • Jamie Linden (screenplay)
  • Nicholas Sparks (novel)

Known Trivia

  • On its opening weekend in the United States, it went to number one, becoming the film to finally end the reign of James Cameron’s Avatar, which had sat at the top of the box office for seven consecutive weeks.
  • The Swedish flag can be seen flying over John’s camp in Afghanistan. This is an homage to director Lasse Hallström’s home country of Sweden.
  • The character of Alan was inspired by writer Nicholas Sparks’ son, who is afflicted with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism.
  • The first Nicholas Sparks adaptation not to be distributed by Warner Brothers.
  • The ending was hastily re-shot as the original didn’t find favor with audiences.

Goofs: Factual errors: When John learns about 9/11 the coffee shop's TV is in Serbian while the coffee shop's sign is in Hungarian. 'Tigris Kávéház' means Tiger Coffeeshop and the sign to the right: 'Muvész' means Artist.

Plot: A romantic drama about a soldier who falls for a conservative college student while he's home on leave. Full summary »  »

Story: While John is on leave in his hometown, he finds Savannah, a college student visiting the town. Although love was unexpected, it doesn't mean they didn't find it. With the knowledge of John having to leave for the army, their love still lives, until his re-signs on due to the 9/11 attack. Troubles invade and their love put on hold. One cannot bear it anymore; can the other?Written by Fiona Anderson  


Synopsis: Special Forces Army Sergeant John Tyree (Channing Tatum) is home on a two-week leave from Germany. He meets Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried) after he dives into the ocean to retrieve Savannah’s purse that had fallen off the pier. John is smitten by Savannah and falls in love at first sight. Savannah is a college student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is on spring break and is helping build a house for Habitat for Humanity. John joins in with Savannah to help build the house. Along the way a budding romance occurs, and Savannah falls deeply in love with John. As she is about to go back to college, she promises to write John overseas during the next 12-months until he returns to her after completing his enlistment. Their love is put to the test when John reenlists after the 9/11 attack. Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

The book review is below:


Setting:Wilmington, NC and Lenior, NC. Begins in 2000 and ends with epilogue in 2006.

Dear John is a three part book that starts out with 23 year-old John Tyree, an army enlistee.

The Prologue starts of with the ultimate question, "What does it mean to truly love another?" John Tyree watches as he relives every memory, emotion, and touch while falling in love with Savannah Lynn Curtis.

Part I John as a little kid struggled with finding the balance between himself and his father. While on leave from the Army, he meets Savannah. She goes to UNC Chapel Hill in North Carolina and is in Wilmington, NC to work for Habitat for Humanity. They become quick friends after John dives into deep ocean water in order to retrieve her fallen purse. At a bonfire, with wild college students, John meets Savannah’s friend Tim Wheddon. John quickly learns of how inviting and mature Savannah and Tim really are. After the initial meet, John and Savannah meet again at the beach where he teaches her to surf. They then quickly more than just friends. At the end of John’s leave, Savannah meets with him at the pier. She mentions that she thinks John’s distant father has Asperger’s. Asperger’s is a developmental disorder which would explain why John’s dad is distant, has the same exact schedule and conversation everyday, and is fairly only interested in his gigantic coin collection. After having this conversation, John quickly gets mad and accidentally hits Tim right in the nose, breaking it himself. Savannah and Tim forgive John for what he did. Before he departs, he promises Savannah he’ll marry her when he completes his deployment.

Part II, John comes home on leave and him and Savannah spend a very close night together while at one of the empty project houses for Habit for Humanity. Savannah writes him a letter, beginning with Dear John, that promises her love to him. John is very excited to come home to Savannah; however, due to 9/11, John feels the duty to reenlist in the Army. After years away from each other, Savannah writes John another letter. It starts with Dear John and ends with good-bye.

Part III John’s father dies after suffering from several heart attacks. He sees Savannah one day and finds out that she married Tim and has been living with Tim and his brother Alan, who suffers from Autism. Tim, while in his death bed, asks John to make Savannah happy and marry her when he passes away. John, making the decision of his life, sells his father’s coin collection in order for Tim to find treatment for his Melanoma. John decides to do this after realizing that if a man is selfless enough to let the love of his love go to another man, than he is worth living. Tim was on his death bed but still cared for Savannah’s safety and happiness. The treatment for Tim works and he is released from the hospital. John does not regret ever loving Savannah.

The Epilogue ends while John is watching Savannah. He sees her staring at the full moon, proving her unending love for John.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Marty Bowen known as producer
  • Wyck Godfrey known as producer
  • Ken Halsband known as co-producer
  • Ryan Kavanaugh known as producer
  • Jamie Linden known as co-producer
  • Jeremiah Samuels known as executive producer
  • Tucker Tooley known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Channing Tatum known as John Tyree
  • Amanda Seyfried known as Savannah Curtis
  • Richard Jenkins known as Mr. Tyree
  • Henry Thomas known as Tim Wheddon
  • D.J. Cotrona known as Noodles
  • Cullen Moss known as Rooster (Dan Rooney)
  • Gavin McCulley known as Starks
  • Jose Lucena Jr. known as Berry (as Jose Lucena)
  • Keith Robinson known as Captain Stone
  • Scott Porter known as Randy
  • Leslea Fisher known as Susan
  • William Howard Bowman known as Daniels (as William Howard)
  • David Andrews known as Mr. Curtis
  • Mary Rachel Dudley known as Mrs. Curtis
  • Bryce Hayes known as Yellow Shirt
  • Braeden Reed known as Alan 6 years old
  • Luke Benward known as Alan – 14 years old
  • Tom Stearns known as Coin Dealer #1
  • Michael Harding known as Coin Dealer #2
  • Brett Rice known as Pastor
  • David Dwyer known as Steve the Owner
  • Anthony Osment known as Other Surfer
  • Jim Wenthe known as Professor
  • Matt Blue known as Doctor
  • Lauree Bradway known as Party Guest 1
  • Glenn M. Tatum known as Party Guest 2
  • Martin Coleman Bowen known as Party Guest 3
  • Maxx Hennard known as Berg
  • Jay Phillips known as Young Beret
  • Steven O'Connor known as Colonel Kittrick
  • Jessica Lucas known as Nurse (as Jessica M. Lucas)
  • Teresa Smith known as Tim's Nurse
  • Bryce Hogarth known as 7 Years Old John (as Bryce Hogarth Armendariz)
  • Amanda Garsys known as Gawky Girl at Party
  • Ron Shelley known as Airport Security Guard (as Shelley Reid)
  • Cenk Otay known as Screaming Man
  • Russell A. Turner known as Adams
  • Lisa Burrascano known as Woman In Park
  • Mary Fischer known as Helpful Nurse
  • Sasha Azevedo known as Hospital Patient
  • Matthew M. Anderson known as Surfer (uncredited)
  • Mellie Boozer known as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Brett Lee Clark known as Party Guest #4 (uncredited)
  • Cricket Ellis known as Passenger (uncredited)
  • Nick Errato known as Afghani (uncredited)
  • Moses D. Gardner III known as Congolese Soldier (uncredited)
  • Anthony Garner known as Frequent Flyer (uncredited)
  • Blake Garris known as Fisherman (uncredited)
  • J.J. Gentry known as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Pam Hays known as Air Traveler (uncredited)
  • Malia Herrick known as Volleyball Player (uncredited)
  • Jim Keisler known as Curtis Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Lawrence Laravela known as Coin Inspector (uncredited)
  • Gabriella Mullis known as Child (uncredited)
  • Ernest Rogers Sr. known as Airport Patron (uncredited)
  • Tommy Scott known as Party Guest (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Deborah Ball known as hair stylist
  • John R. Bayless known as key makeup artist
  • Susan Buffington known as hair stylist
  • Kelly Caldwell known as key hair stylist
  • Whitney James known as makeup department head
  • Patricia McAlhany Glasser known as hair department head
  • Angela Rogers known as makeup artist
  • Jason Willis known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Alexandria Andross known as assistant property master: Los Angeles
  • Chris Bogart known as painter
  • Elizabeth Boller known as art department coordinator
  • Kenneth Bryant known as gang boss
  • Barret B. Burlage known as art department assistant
  • Richard M. Cole known as construction general foreman
  • D. Tobias Denney known as assistant property master
  • Greg Eddins known as propmaker
  • Elsie Eubanks known as buyer
  • Andrea Mae Fenton known as set decorator: additional photography
  • Jordan Foster known as set dresser
  • Patrick Fuhrman known as leadman
  • Jeremy Andy Gibbs known as propmaker (as Jeremy Gibbs)
  • Joe Golz known as propmaker
  • Geoffrey S. Grimsman known as assistant art director
  • Jane Gulick known as property master: Los Angeles
  • Kevin Hardison known as set designer
  • Frank J. Hart known as location foreman
  • Lillian Heyward known as graphic designer
  • Chris Holcombe known as assistant property master: second unit
  • Chris Holcombe known as prop assistant
  • Alexandra Hopkins known as art department assistant
  • Scott Johnson known as on-set dresser
  • Steven Kerlagon known as scenic charge
  • Richard Krish known as set dresser
  • Christopher Kuder known as propmaker
  • Andree Lago known as scenic foreman
  • Bill MacSems known as property master
  • Drayton McClellan known as propmaker
  • Jonathan S. Morgan known as scenic
  • Thomas A. Morris Jr. known as construction coordinator
  • William Scot Noonan known as toolman
  • Katherine Parker known as painter
  • Gregg Perez known as set dresser
  • Frank Ponce known as production assistant
  • Michael Poplin known as prop assistant
  • F. Auguste Rahmberg known as art department researcher
  • William Rampey known as propmaker
  • Grant Shaffer known as storyboard artist
  • Michael Shapiro known as set dresser
  • Debi Shirk Tagliaferro known as art department co-ordinator
  • Thomas R. Wagner known as props and weapons
  • Scott D. Warner known as mill foreman




Production Companies:

  • Screen Gems (presents)
  • Relativity Media (in association with)
  • Temple Hill Entertainment (as Temple Hill)

Other Companies:

  • Big Film Design  titles
  • Business Affairs  production counsel
  • Creative Sound Studios  adr recording
  • Dear John  copyright holder
  • Dennis Davidson & Associates Public Releations (DDA)  international publicity consultants
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Entertainment Clearances  rights and clearances
  • Getty Images  stock footage
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment
  • Los Angeles Rag House  grip and lighting equipment
  • Lotus Post  ADR recording
  • Movie Movers  hair and make-up trailers
  • Movie Movers  transportation
  • Relativity Media  funding
  • Relativity Music Group  soundtrack
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phone rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  modem card rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  nextel cell phone rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  walkie rentals
  • Sony Pictures Stock Footage  footage
  • Studio Charleston  production facility (as 620 Dobbin Rd)
  • Studio Charleston  stages (as 620 Dobbin Rd)
  • Transportation Resources  transportation equipment


  • A-Film Distribution (2010) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • A-Film Distribution (2010) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Alliance Vivafilm (2010) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Filmopolis (2010) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2010) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Hollywood Classic Entertainment (2010) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • Incognito Films (2010) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2010) (France) (theatrical)
  • Nordisk Film (2010) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures (2010) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Pioneer Films (2010) (Philippines) (theatrical) (as Pioneer Films International)
  • Presidio (2011) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Screen Gems (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2010) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • A-Film Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • A-Film Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Audio Visual Entertainment (2010) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Castello Lopes Multimédia (2010) (Portugal) (all media)
  • CatchPlay (2010) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • FX Network (2012) (USA) (TV) (cable)
  • Kinowelt Filmverleih (2009) (Germany) (all media)
  • Momentum Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (UK) (DVD)
  • Nordisk Film Theatrical Distribution (2010) (Finland) (all media)
  • Panorama Distributions (2010) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
  • Panorama Distributions (2010) (Hong Kong) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Pinema (2009) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • & Company

Visual Effects by:

  • Chris Gelles known as visual effects executive producer: & Company
  • David Isyomin known as visual effects supervisor: & Company
  • Eric Leverenz known as digital imaging
  • David Piombino known as visual effects artist
  • Kevin Vale known as digital imaging

Release Date:

  • USA 24 January 2010 (Charleston, South Carolina) (premiere)
  • Canada 5 February 2010
  • Philippines 5 February 2010
  • USA 5 February 2010
  • Poland 12 February 2010
  • Ukraine 18 February 2010
  • Indonesia 24 February 2010
  • Russia 25 February 2010
  • Singapore 25 February 2010
  • Kazakhstan 26 February 2010
  • Australia 4 March 2010
  • South Korea 4 March 2010
  • Netherlands 11 March 2010
  • Turkey 19 March 2010
  • Portugal 25 March 2010
  • France 31 March 2010
  • Iceland 31 March 2010
  • Czech Republic 1 April 2010
  • Israel 1 April 2010
  • Mexico 1 April 2010
  • Hungary 8 April 2010
  • Taiwan 9 April 2010
  • Ireland 14 April 2010
  • UK 14 April 2010
  • Argentina 15 April 2010
  • Lithuania 16 April 2010
  • New Zealand 22 April 2010
  • Peru 22 April 2010
  • Finland 23 April 2010
  • Spain 23 April 2010
  • Kuwait 29 April 2010
  • Austria 6 May 2010
  • Denmark 6 May 2010
  • Germany 6 May 2010
  • Greece 6 May 2010
  • Switzerland 6 May 2010 (German speaking region)
  • Brazil 7 May 2010
  • Hong Kong 7 May 2010
  • Italy 7 May 2010
  • Norway 21 May 2010
  • Sweden 4 June 2010
  • Switzerland 9 June 2010 (French speaking region)
  • Japan 23 September 2011
  • Belgium 14 January 2012

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and violence



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. toughsoulja from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 9:57 pm

    I saw "Dear John" at a special screening and I wasn't expecting much. Ithought it was going to be a decent romance film. I hoped this moviecame halfway as good as "The Notebook". My very low expectations ofthis film were pretty cynical. But I said Hey, what could happen? Andwhen the movie finished, I was fulfilled. I didn't think it was goingto be one of the best romance movies ever and it definitely wasn't.This movie is definitely for couples. The girls will like it cause theycan connect with it.I recommend for everyone to see this film. It istouching, okay acting, and it does stick to the book. This film doesn'tcome close to the "Notebook", but people will like it no matter what.So if you want to buy a sad, romantic film. Then I'd recommend thisfilm.

    7/10 A Pearl

  2. misskirsty from Australia
    29 Mar 2012, 9:57 pm

    Not having read anything about the film (or book) beforehand, I wentinto the cinema with no expectations, (though I was worried it might bea soppy, pull-at-the-heartstrings epic like The Notebook).

    This wasn't the case. There were so many times when I thought 'Oh, Ihope this doesn't happen', or 'I hope they don't do what I thinkthey're going to do', and they didn't. There are moments of sadness,but some of them could have been made a lot worse.

    The story isn't unique, (neither is The Notebook) but it is executed ina way that makes you feel as though you're watching something new.Channing Tatum is the lovable beefcake reminiscent of Marky Mark, andAmanda Seyfried is cute, delivering well executed dialogue. And I didactually think they had good chemistry, despite what other reviewershave said. Channing's John is an army boy who had a lot of issuesgrowing up, so you can't expect him to be overly forthcoming with hisemotions.

    Richard Jenkins gives a great performance as the father, and even HenryThomas is likable as the neighbour (I must be the only person in theworld who hasn't seen E.T. so I didn't recognize the name at first).

    To me, this was acted out a lot better (and even structured better)than Twilight: New Moon, which I assume is meant to appeal to the sameaudience. I know to some that isn't saying much, but perhaps ourexpectations are a bit high these days. If you want to see a sweet lovestory with likable characters, then you might just enjoy this film.

  3. xodramaQueen
    29 Mar 2012, 9:57 pm

    I was really looking forward to watching this movie – although, myexpectations were not very high – but it turned out to be worse than Iexpected. I knew Channing Tatum was not the greatest actor – although,he is gorgeous – so I wasn't expecting very good acting. It was decentbut I just didn't feel the chemistry between the two actors. The"twist" which I won't mention was where I thought the movie wentcompletely downhill. It was very poorly executed and if you've seen themovie, you'll probably agree. Throughout, the movie was very slow-moving and not very exciting but there were a couple emotional parts!So far, the only people I've asked that did like the movie, seem to bethe younger ones (12-15).

    This movie is definitely NOT comparable to "The Notebook" like somepeople have been saying. It was nothing special, so I wouldn't watch itagain, but I'd say it's good for a chick flick night. Another one ofthose movies like that looked SO much better on the commercials.

  4. hanin84 from Canada
    29 Mar 2012, 9:57 pm

    I'll try to make this short and sweet, like the two weeks the twocharacters spent together before all hell broke loose:

    If you read the book, lower your expectations. If you haven't read thebook,…well, you can raise your expectations just a bit higher.

    I was one of those girls who squealed every time they saw a TV spot, orwatched the trailer on YouTube a million times. I bawled my eyes outwhen I read the book- both times I read it. Last night, I went to seethe movie knowing full well that it wasn't going to live up to thebook. Unfortunately, I was right.

    What made 'Dear John' different from all the other love stories we'veread and seen was taken away in the movie. I don't know how I wouldhave understood what was going on in the movie if I hadn't read thebook. Scenes were rushed (especially the two weeks where the two maincharacters fall in love), and characters weren't well developed at all.Heck, one of the main characters barely resembles (both appearance- andpersonality-wise) the character in the book. *cough*Savannah LynnCurtis*cough*.

    That said, there were a couple of scenes where the dialogue was sweetand funny. I also enjoyed the music, but that may be because I'm a hugefan of acoustic. Also, the scenery was absolutely beautiful. Not tomention Channing Tatum's body (pretty much the only thing worth mymoney).

    As far as acting goes, Channing Tatum was the stronger one in thisfilm. While I'm still personally neutral about my opinion on AmandaSeyfried, I found she's done better. She may be better off with comedyor musicals. And Richard Jenkins was lovable, as always.

    If you've read the book, don't expect anything similar to it. I can'tpoint out a single scene that even resembled that of the book. Part IIof the book, especially, was almost non-existent. You will definitelybe able to pick out the noticeable differences between the book and thefilm. Hopefully, you won't be TOO disappointed.

    But like I said, you're more likely to enjoy the film if you haven'tread the book.

  5. nicki9112 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 9:57 pm

    Wow…I was expecting this movie to be awful after all of the badreviews I've read. Nothing is wrong with this movie! Nothing is wrongwith the acting. It's actually a pretty good movie. I am not usuallyone for romantic movies…usually because I find them to be lame. Thereare definitely moments in this one that tug at your heart and get youteary eyed.

    I really felt for John in this movie. His character had a tough life…and the relationship between him and his father…It made me reallysad! That Nicholas Sparks! He knows how to stir up emotions…

    I have not read the book, so I can't compare the two but I say themovie is worth watching.

  6. Douglas Young (the-movie-guy) from Memphis, Tennessee
    29 Mar 2012, 9:57 pm

    (Synopsis) Special Forces Army Sergeant John Tyree (Channing Tatum) ishome on a two-week leave from Germany. He meets Savannah (AmandaSeyfried) after he dives into the ocean to retrieve Savannah's pursethat had fallen off the pier. John is smitten by Savannah and falls inlove at first sight. Savannah is a college student at the University ofNorth Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is on spring break and is helpingbuild a house for Habitat for Humanity. John joins in with Savannah tohelp build the house. Along the way a budding romance occurs, andSavannah falls deeply in love with John. As she is about to go back tocollege, she promises to write John overseas during the next 12-monthsuntil he returns to her after completing his enlistment. Their love isput to the test when John reenlists after the 9/11 attack.

    (My Comment) "Dear John" tells the story of what happens to younglovers when time and distance from each other begins to test their truelove. Over the next several years, they write love letters to eachother telling everything about themselves. As time goes by, Savannahfinds another who needs her more than John, even though she still loveshim. She writes John a final letter saying good-bye. This is one storythat happened many times during WWII and is still happening to ourcurrent soldiers today. Our brave soldiers are sacrificing their livesand some of them come home to heartbreaking consequences as a result ofthe war. That is why this story seems so real to the audience. Themovie will make you laugh, cry, smile, and relate to the characters.Women will like the movie, because they can stand in Savannah's shoes.Men will like it, because they know that it is better to have loved andlost then never to have loved at all. The story is truly touching withall of life's ups and downs. Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried arevery good in their roles, along with Richard Jenkins as John's father.(Screen Gems, Run Time 1:45, Rated PG-13) (6/10)

  7. Der_Schnibbler from Germany
    29 Mar 2012, 9:57 pm

    I suspect this board will soon be full of comments from over-emotionalpeople praising "Dear John" as a "pearl" and a "rollercoaster ride" andall the other vacuous words this film's target audience typicallyemploys.

    I am most definitely not this film's target audience, but I do notdislike romantic dramas either, as long as they are well made, so hereis my objective take on the flick.

    It is not good.

    It's not a bad movie either. But the plot meanders, developmentstagnates where it should've been moving forward (right around themiddle, to be precise), and as for the ending…it almost felt as ifthey had run out of ideas so they suddenly said, "Hey, let's just filma last scene real quick, put some sentimental string soundtrack overit, and end it that way." Even Amanda Seyfried's beauty could not savethis. Channing Tatum too gave a good performance, but you can only doso much with a flawed script.

    Speaking of the music, it is unbearably predictably and kitchy. Fromthe smokey voiced, irritatingly high-pitched female folk singer schtick(surely chosen to appeal to the majority of college-age girls that willgo see this movie) to the overused "shimmering strings and piano"combo, it only annoys anyone paying more attention to the film as awhole rather than to his own "feelings." The film has a good beginningand the major conflict that launches us into the second act were allpromising. So was part of the second act itself, as the story unfolded.Then the film just dropped the ball. Beyond that, I'd have to givespoilers.

    "Dear John" is not a bad movie, but it doesn't work as it shouldeither. If you want to see a truly moving film about prolonged lovewaiting to be reunited, go watch "Notebook," which was truly superb.

  8. astevensaz from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 9:57 pm

    Having read this story a while ago I was very excited to see the movie.I read the book again. It is one of my favorite Nicholas Sparks books.What I think what makes the story is the relationships. That was thedown point for me in the movie because I think the relationships werepoorly expressed in the movie. I have no idea what the point ofchanging main characters roles (Tim's and Alan's characters). The moviedidn't at all capture John and Savannah's relationship. Maybe if youhaven't read the book you might like this movie, but I thought it wasso dull compared to the book. I thought Channing was a great pick forJohn,but I had a feeling he was going to bring all young adults out towatch it, so I think it was more geared towards them. The ending cutsthe whole point of the book out so I was also unhappy with that. I washoping the movie was more like the notebook or a walk to remember andthe way they captured the books. I do feel like I wasted a Friday nightout and 10 bucks on a sappy love story, not at all the story I wasexpecting to see.

  9. vampirekittieprincess from Maryland, Usa
    29 Mar 2012, 9:57 pm

    I'm not much of a critic but this film makes me dislike it so much witha passion. Not only was it not all that exciting and entertaining inthe beginning and after in the first place, but when John finally gotthe letter from Savannah after waiting months (which was when I thoughtthings were finally getting good) it turns out from then on ..nor Johnor Savannah try to get back in touch with each other after that. Itturns out later on when he visits home to see his sick father on hisdeath bed that she did go through with the marriage after all thefeelings that were "supposedly" floating in the air and all aroundthem. She didn't come to see his father while he was deathly ill, norto comfort John for all the pain and mental suffering he's been goingthrough with the war and now the only person that he really had allalong is dying. And even after his father dies she didn't show up tothe funeral. I mean my god…. it seemed where they lived was in asmall area how COULD THINGS NOT SPREAD AROUND such things like someonedying? So that didn't even make sense. And then after all thebullshitting around they did when they finally spoke to each otherafter so long, she gives him a bullshit excuse as to why she dumped himin the first place, and even that didn't make much sense. She said sheleft him because Tim needed her, and so did his son…and she waslonely and not thinking… lol I'm sorry but if you really care andlove someone and think about them every single freaking day then no wayin hell can you go through that much torture successfully, unlessyou're emotionally messed up. She was being selfish and didn't knowwhat she wanted, so let's just put it at that. So then, John takes hisfather's coin collection and sells it (ok ..good for him) but only tospend the money on Tim's expenses so he can have more time withSavannah lol …that's about it as far the story itself goes …wedon't really know what happens between John and Savannah after thatbecause the film was done poorly. I have never read the book and I'msure as **** glad I didn't see Dear John in theatre's because I wouldof wasted my money.

  10. kirahheffner from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 9:57 pm

    For starters, i'm not a big critic of movies. And sure, this one wasn'tvery complex, the characters weren't surprising and there was no bigtwist at the end–but i thought it was compelling. I had just seenAmanda Seyfried star in letters to Juliet, and was surprised at thecontrast in her two that has to say at least SOMETHINGpositive about her. plus i just think she's cute and likable.

    and who knows, maybe i'm just a sap, or i watched it at the wrong timeof day, but i did cry. It's the classic tragic love story. therelationship that everyone wants but no one really ever gets. andthings just keep falling apart. Everyone knew the dad was gonna die andSavannah was gonna move on from John while he was gone..but somethingabout seeing channing tatum cry broke my heart and i sniffled the restof the movie through.

    i certainly don't think you should buy it. i probably wouldn't watch itagain. ( i rented it on 99 cent Monday at my local movie store) but mytime wasn't wasted at all. you just have to be a girl in the right mood:)

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