The Vow

6.81 h 43 min2012X-RayPG-13
Inspired by a true story, The Vow tells the tale of a husband (Channing Tatum) who must regain the love of his wife (Rachel McAdams) after a coma steals the past five years of her memories.
Michael Sucsy
Rachel McAdamsChanning TatumSam Neill
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Scott SpeedmanWendy CrewsonJessica LangeJessica McNameeTatiana MaslanyJoe Cobden
Jonathan GlickmanPaul TaubliebGary BarberRoger Birnbaum
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Original Toe KneeReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
I wish I could love this movie.
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As I get older, I want movies like this one to draw me in. What do I mean? Simply establishing the actual characters in the initial scenes. MAKE ME CARE ABOUT THEM. Flashbacks are just a silly cheesy "hp way of covering my earnest desire to know these folks...However, flashbacks in this case just cause me to wonder who they are, over and over and this movie ultimately kept reminding me this is JUST A MOVIE. What makes film great is that a good film can help you forget where you are and transport you to another world.This one could have easily established characters and the depth of love and the off-on reality of a relationship that finally deepens enough to be genuine. I know it's a risk, but filmmakers need to remember they are responsible for the longevity of a film such as this. Those who love this movie, haven't lived and lost and loved and lost enough. simply put, they get the fantasy... but I suggest that after they love and lose and live and lose and regain their balance, coming back to this film, it will seem shallow and trite. So sad that a "based on true story" film reminds me that I do not want to be fooled by fantasy, I want to be lured back to truth. My take on this film; the filmmakers ultimately traded box-office for depth... And therefore the film fails in my opinion... Certainly it is shocking to have the car accident so early in this movie, and I guess that works for some... but accidents happen every second of every day. I suggest that viewers need to "feel" for the characters, how can you feel for the characters if you do not care about them; if the film hasn't lured you into knowing them and caring??? Lastly I will say this; reality tells the truth. People who experience these kinds of accidents or the loss of love or a child RARELY recover. Rarely recover... it is exceptional that the "real" people this film supposedly tells a story about actually endured and redeemed their love. I want to know about "them", and I read only one reviewer who also suggested she wished she knew about them... so I wonder, who were they, were there ever "real" people this story is based on???/
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Louise GlassReviewed in the United States on April 1, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not Worth the Effort to Watch
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The Vow is not worth your time. Channing Tatum was the reason I watched the entire movie with my husband. He has real acting chops and came across as believable. Rachel McAdams was given the thankless role of making an unlikable character likable, and until the very end it just didn't work.
Yes, she was wonderful in the Notebook, but that had a heluva great script and she earned her acting chops with it.
This movie has her lose her memory and at that point she runs from her husband and seems to want to live a life surrounded by her wealthy family and ex-fiancé.
They wasted the wonderful actress Jessica Lange. She shone in a small bit towards the end. I wonder-why did she take this role?
This was based on a real story of a real woman who loses the last 5 years of her memory in a car accident and her husband tries to win back her love. From what I saw she was NOT worth winning back.
Hopefully Channing and Rachel went on to better movie roles.
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Bernadette MalaveReviewed in the United States on July 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great love story
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This movie is number one in my book. The actors are top of the line and this love story could only be told with these two actors. You will enjoy it from being to end. ENJOY.

PS: I connected with this movie because I had a truck accident when I was 14, and I was in a coma for 3 1/2 months. I woke up with no memory and a complete vegetable. Fortunately, with God's blessing, I recovered, and I have 75 percent of my memory back, but I will always have memory issues. Head injuries are all different. So, this is why I hold this movie in a special place in my heart.
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Deborah MarieReviewed in the United States on December 6, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
This was such a beautiful movie. I Luv Rachel mcAdams
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This was such a beautiful movie. I Luv Rachel mcAdams. She is so sweet in this movie. I first saw her in Sherlock holms. This movie is about a couple that truly love each other and marry. Based on a true story. They get into a car accident and she looses her memory of the last 5 years. Her husband Channing who was very convincing in his role tries desperately to win her love back, but she is living in the past. So he gives up with tears and leaves her to her old life. I will not give the end of the movie away but I will say true love and providence wins out. It is so refreshing to see a movie about faithfulness and though sadly God was not ever mentioned , I believe this couple was put together by God , and he blessed their lives together. I bought the movie and was very glad I did. I will watch it over and over again. If you like true love stories that have a happy ending you will love this movie.
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Jack E. LevicReviewed in the United States on June 1, 2012
3.0 out of 5 stars
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THE VOW claims to be "inspired by true events" which usually means the basic premise is based on fact and the rest if all fiction. It is an interesting concept. A desperately in love couple is split apart after a tragic accident erases the past 5 years of the memory of the wife. Her husband is now a complete stranger. Her feelings are now with the ex-finance she dumped years ago. Time has stood still and everything that has happened in the past 5 years is no longer part of her memory or reality. Her family is back in her life as there is no memory of the rift that caused her to break all contact with them.

THE VOW certainly has good intentions even though something is lost along the way. Rachel McAdams as Paige is lovely as always and Channing Tatum provides the beefcake. They both try but the chemistry between them is not so strong. It is interesting to follow Paige's journey into a life she does not remember and her looking at pictures and videos that must seem totally alien. The story could have delved deeper into this journey.

Sam Neill and Jessica Lange are in the supporting roles of Paige's parents. It was sad to see how time has not been good to the lovely Jessica Lange who looks so much older than her "husband" Sam Neill. Paige returns to her parents' home since there is no memory of why she left and broke all contact with them and including her sister. She even broke contact with her sister apparently for no reason. When we learn the reason for the rift, it is anti-climatic. Is that all? That is the reason she left her family and broke all contact? It seems like the author could have found a more compelling reason.

At the end there is a brief reference to the couple who inspired this story. I was hoping there would be a bonus feature in the extras to tell more about this couple.

THE VOW is an OK movie. I was hoping for much more but it wasn't a total disappointment. A good film if you need a bit of light entertainment.
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nuclearpaintballReviewed in the United States on June 30, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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The story of this movie is simple. Rachel mccadams loses her memory after a car accident leaves her in a coma. Before the accident she was married to Channing taintdumb, who runs a failing recording studio. After the accident she tries to remember why she was with Channing, who progressively forgets how to speak English and perform basic tasks as the movie goes on. Gradually they reform their bond as she remembers how much she loves the smell of his farts and we forget why we wanted to watch this movie in the first place. I think Channing eventually goes back to stripping, where his signature move is filling an entire balloon with his farts while mumbling incomprehensible gibberish. By the end of the film we all lapse into a coma as Rachel travels through a hole in the time space continuum where she meets and marries Eric cumberb*tch. The end.
V. McKnellyReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great, grown-up love story
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The Vow is a romance based on real events, in which a married couple are in an accident and the wife loses five years of her memory and doesn't remember meeting, dating, or marrying her husband. Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams deliver the goods, I don't care what anyone says. Their characters (Leo and Paige) are utterly believable throughout the movie, and Scott Speedman as Jeremy the ex-fiancee, Jessica Lange as Paige's mother, and Sam Neill as Paige's father definitely add to the story with their convicing characters. I've seen all the tepid reviews and I'm not sure I get what the problem is. This is a wonderful story of a man holding true to his vow of life long love, who is also mature enough to sacrifice for the happiness of the woman he loves. It is also a story of hope, patience, and incredible love. My only wish is that the ending had given us a bit more, because you are really rooting for Leo, hoping Paige will either remember or will just fall in love with him again, and it would have been great to have a little more to hang your heart on than the last scene (I will not give it away more than that). I thought Leo's voiceover throughout added to the story, made it more personal and heartwarming, and I thought the frustration, anger, pain, sadness, love, and bittersweet moments were a wonderful emotional landscape to explore. Don't let the naysayers dissuade you--unless you are really cynical, sarcastic and jaded, or you just don't like romance, I think you'll really enjoy this movie.
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B. WhiteReviewed in the United States on January 7, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Vow - sweet!
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Okay, this is a chick flick. Gotta just get that out of the way. McAdams and Tatum have decent chemistry together and make this story believable. This movie IS based on a true story - which makes you really think, if you lost your memory and ** number of years like that time never existed and the last thing you remembered was that you were dating/engaged to someone else, how it would make you and the people you love feel to basically leap back in time?

I think they could have delved even more deeply into the story of this couple, but it is a movie and unfortunately there are time constraints and you can't always get everything you want!!

All in all, good movie with good actors and makes you think... or if you just want entertainment you can watch it for that also even though it is sorta the normal 'romance' type story all in all.
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