The Vow (2012)
Critic Consensus: Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams do their best with what they're given, but The Vow is too shallow and familiar to satisfy the discriminating date-night filmgoer.
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|Rating:||PG-13 (for an accident scene, sexual content, partial nudity and some language)|
|Directed By:||Michael Sucsy|
|Written By:||Marc Silverstein, Jason Katims, Abby Kohn|
|In Theaters:||Feb 10, 2012 Wide|
|On DVD:||May 8, 2012|
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Critic Reviews for The Vow
The film isn't as bad as what it looks like--the Chinatown knockoff equivalent of a Nicholas Sparks movie--but that doesn't mean that those outside the target audience won't find it a painful experience.
Like a less successful version of The Notebook, this works as an undemanding date movie; just don't expect much more from it.
Ultimately the vision of love and marriage that is being presented here is a fairly routine, secular one, that it is love that binds us to a vow and not the other way around.
"The Vow" might have been a decent film had the filmmakers taken the time to allow the characters to develop, or perhaps even if a better actor was cast in the lead.
Thankfully The Vow spares us from all of that shakey-camera'd nonsense, but that's about all it spares us from.
Audience Reviews for The Vow
A bit gooey but earnestly and engagingly played. Knowing that its based on a true story makes some of the more odd elements easier to accept.
"For some reason I was thinking that this film was going to be a rom-com. Big mistake on my part. It ended up being a rom-dram. I didn't think I would get so swept up in this love story since I'm not a huge fan of romance flicks, but this one got me. The story being based on true events was what really had me thinking about the film differently. It made me like it more. You can't help but feel complete heartache for this couple. I mean to be so in love and to have something that horrendous happen and *SPOILER* to never get the memory of falling in love with you husband, your wedding, and your entire lively hood with this person is just heart breaking.*END OF SPOILER* I also kinda enjoyed that there was no fairy tale ending, even though I wanted one for her. Great acting by Tatum and McAdams. I thought they had great chemistry which is a plus when doing movies like these or the film would have never worked."
Overall, not a bad movie. Certainly not "The Notebook", but it was an ok story about a man who never stopped loving the love of his life, for better or worse. I'm not quite sure if it's the presentation of the story, or Channing Tatum's moderate acting skills, but this movie didn't quite move me like I wanted it to...
The Vow Quotes
|Paige:||I vow to help you love life, to always hold you with tenderness, to have the patience that love demands, to speak when words are needed, and to share the silence when they are not, to agree to disagree about red velvet cake, to live within the warmth of your heart, and always call it home.|
|Leo:||How do you look at the girl you love & tell yourself its time to walk away?|
|Paige:||Are you trying to make me diabetic or just fat?|
|Leo:||Can I at least give you an awkward hug?|
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