Dear John

6.31 h 47 min2010X-RayPG-13
From the author of “The Notebook” comes DEAR JOHN a story of destiny that pushes young soldier, John Tyree and idealistic college student, Savannah Curtis together. When war tears them apart, will their endless stream of love letters be enough to keep them united?
Lasse Hallström
Channing TatumAmanda SeyfriedHenry Thomas
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Scott PorterRichard JenkinsD.J. Cotrona
Marty BowenWyck GodfreyRyan Kavanaugh
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ElaineReviewed in the United States on June 15, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Military details not according to regulation
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The makers of this movie should have paid closer attention to military detail. It is not too difficult to look up AR670-1 (wear and appearance of uniforms) online, to get things right! Soldiers were outside in uniform without covers on their heads, and in one scene at the dinner table, the shoulder boards were upside down (fixed in next scene). Those were just two things that popped out at me. I almost want to go through the movie again and intently look for discrepancies. The story line was decent and it was enjoyable.
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jnakiReviewed in the United States on April 8, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
a great movie for all ages.
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this a great movie for the whole family. this nicholas sparks movie is one that we skipped when it first came out, but after reading reviews, we watched it a couple of days ago. most of those sparks movies and stories are a little sketchy. the plot of this one looked like it was getting set up like most of the others, but the actors kept getting better in their roles. the plot was very good in this one, but in the back of our minds, we thought is was going to be one of those very sad endings with out a clue. but, you will like the outcome as it has questions that your mind can build up and say that is how it will end... Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, were excellent, but that ET character was hardly recognizable...Henry Thomas
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Judy K. PolhemusReviewed in the United States on June 15, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
My favorite movie!
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I know I've seen better movies but not ones I love more. I love "Dear John" and all its riffs. When I was in the eighth grade, I read "Gone With the Wind" for the first time. Over the next few years I read it a total of five times, mainly seeking a different ending, but, of course, there isn't one. "Frankly, I don't give a damn" will always be that last retort. However, a different ending does occur in "Dear John" and I watch the movie just to see it again and again.

Besides, the beautiful Channing Tatum and the gorgeous Amanda Seigfried make up the good-looking couple who bond almost immediately in the story. The way he touches her, the way she looks at him just seem so real (or I want it to be real). Tenderness, gentility, thoughtfulness braid through the story, revealing through both their characters.

In three weeks the "summer romance" ends: she goes back to college, he returns to duty in the Middle East. Before they part, they decide to write of their lives in their letters, to continue to develop on paper what they cannot in flesh. Their words of choice in parting: "See you soon then?"

It's not an easy romance. One thing after the other interrupts this distance relationship, all good reasons, all understandable. Yet, still, everything is on hold. How long can such a love last? Additionally, John's father is autistic; Savannah's longtime neighbor male friend also has an autistic son. All play roles in this love story.

Tears, tears, tears--after all, this is a Nicholas Sparks story. However, let me declare now, neither of the main characters dies. When the ending comes, it comes quietly, gently, and so understated. Perfect! It's not a perfect love story, but it is most assuredly a worthy one!
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KamWowReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2012
3.0 out of 5 stars
Meh. Ill-thought ending.
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I had pretty high hopes for this movie, since I watched and loved The Notebook. It started it out pretty well, and I thought the movie would continue to do so. However, toward the ending, I really was not impressed. The whole conflict between John and Savannah is one Nicholas Sparks failed to research in the slightest before publicizing on such a grand scale. SPOILER ALERT... The supposed reason that Savannah abandons John while he is fighting for his country is that Alan, the boy with autism, will need support after his father dies. All that needed to be done was for Alan's father to assign Savannah as legal guardian to Alan and fill out the legal documents so that she will be able to care for him. Instead, Savannah uses the opportunity to start a romantic relationship with Alan's dad and proceed to marry him (which still does not make Alan her legal son - she would have to adopt him). So, overall, Savannah uses the situation as an excuse to leave John, and start a new romantic relationship, which would not have been at all necessary. That part really upset me. At the very end, John and Savannah make up, but it is such a dull ending that it does not make up for the ill-researched climactic conflict - which is a huge part of the story. It was still, overall, an entertaining movie with some touching moments. It's just hard to feel compassion for Savannah when she leaves a soldier while he is at war for a bogus reason (meaning that she didn't have to abandon John in order to support Alan and his dad). I'm a little disappointed.
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L.BenzReviewed in the United States on June 19, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
War, what is it good for?
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So this army guy is home on leave and falls for a local girl. Both did a great job acting as did the rest of the cast. John wants to re-up for 2 yrs and what...did he think she'd wait 2 yrs? He made the choice but he asked her and I'm sure she said go so he wouldn't resent her. And guys? Nobody is gonna wait 2 yrs if you're not married with kids.
Meantime they exchange mails and not a happy ending no, John doesn't die at the end. Nonetheless not a good ending.
MandyReviewed in the United States on April 14, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Decent romance movie
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Hmmmm I like Channing and I like Amanda....I just didn't feel the vibe between them in this movie.... Description was about the along the lines of the notebook....Not sure....Their acting was good they both good actors...Just didn't feel the connection as Channing had with other actors 8n other moves! Overall it's not a bad romance moves but not something I'll space out a night to watch...It was decent
M. VasiReviewed in the United States on November 11, 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very Honest Performances
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I judge movies based on character driven or plot driven styles of presentation. This was definitely character driven. When after watching a movie I later think about the people and their issues, I give it high marks. Most of the time after watching modern movies, I never give them another thought except, 'glad it was over'. This one got me thinking about John having to make a very painful decision to stay with his Special Forces team in order to defend the country against terror. Savannah's character was developed as a philanthropist who felt the need to be close to her best child-hood friend who was critically ill. (Florence Nightingale effect) I began thinking about Casablanca and Rick's famous quote, "the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world." He had to let go of his love interest as well. So, Nicholas Sparks explores these issues without being preachy and forces one to internalize them. You won't come away with a ray of sunshine but with a deeper understanding of how people can let go of something very precious in their lives for a greater good.
As for the acting; I felt that both Channing and Amanda gave very honest performances. Most scenes were performed with diverse facial expressions rather than wordy retorts. I was amazed at Channing's range. The Barn scene especially was overwhelming to me when he told Amanda that his father had passed in such a way that it really shook me. Amanda rarely repeated a gesture or expression throughout the movie. You saw a different side of her in every scene. For as young as she is, she understands humanity to a degree very few people learn in a lifetime.
Debra Lurie did a wonderful job on the music. The melody was appropriate to the story and her use of dynamics during emotional scenes lifted the moment to a proper degree. My favorite musical moment was when John said 'goodbye' instead, 'see you again soon?' Debra used a classical guitar to set up the scene, and then blended in a full orchestra at the most poignant moment. It was emotionally overwhelming to me.
I concluded that quite a bit of thought went into these little subtleties and to me it made a big difference in how the movie came across. I don't know about you but I am pretty weary of CGI. Its good to see something which centers on the people in the story.
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J. YeeReviewed in the United States on July 2, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
Much Better Than What I've Heard
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I was surprised. Alot of what I've read from critics and movie goers said that this movie wasn't put together well nor was it well acted. OK it wasn't the very best movie I've ever seen (that might be "The Killing Fields"), but I do honestly think it was well done.

Richard Jenkins as John Tyree's father is superb. His portrayal of John's autistic father was spot on, you get a sense of a functioning father with a son but also a sense that something in a subtle way is off with him.

Amanda Seyfried's performance of Savannah was very well done. She had a good range of non verbal gestures that she used to portray gratitude, love, appreciation, and anger. You could also see the emotions as she tries to be understanding when she learns that John is going to re enlist and when she struggles to explain to John why she got married. I'm sure Amanda can look forward to a nice career as she's already had 2 movies after Dear John come out with good reviews.

Many many people feel Channing Tatum can't act at all but in this, his performance showed a range of emotions that he hasn't had to do before and he did it in believable fashion, the scene when he was with his dying father reading him the letter he wrote, the emotions in his voice and expression was very well done. The scene in the car when he left Savannah's house after after finding why she married, again his emotion came across very believably. From this movie, I think he's got potential and it looks like others in Hollywood agree, as he's got 4 movies coming out in 2011 and already at least 2 in 2012.

As for the flow of the movie, I thought it flowed okay, it might have been better if Halstrom took more time to go through the years that pass between the time that John leaves Savannah to re-enlist (right after 9/11) to the time that John goes to see Savannah after his father's passing. You don't really get a good sense that literally years have passed but then maybe Halstrom was trying to convery that the years were kind of a blur for both of them.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did - you might want to have tissues nearby which is why I avoided seeing it in the movie theater.
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