Nights in Rodanthe (2008)
Critic Consensus: Derivative and schmaltzy, Nicholas Sparks' Nights in Rodanthe is strongly mottled by contrivances that even the charisma of stars Diane Lane and Richard Gere can't repair.
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Something about Diane Lane's performance, especially in that third act, really got me involved in the film emotionally.
Most of the movie was cloying. All of it was predictable.
The comparative savvy that Wolfe showed in HBO's stage-to-TV transfer of Lackawanna Blues has gone missing.
Broadway director George C Wolfe's inexperience with visual storytelling makes everything go with a clunk. Shame.
Richard Gere suffers less than Diane Lane. He gets by with a mixture of skill and self-irony. She acts up a storm in every scene, but you root for the hurricane.
What really sells this three-hanky tear-jerker -- and there were a lot of women buying it during a recent screening -- is Lane's steely and vulnerable performance. Like Tinker Bell, she almost made me believe in fairies. Almost.
Audience Reviews for Nights in Rodanthe
Chick Flick with Questionable actions 2 stars
A girly tearjerker movie. Had me crying so much. :') Richard Gere, Reawwrr..
CAST: Diane Lane, Ricard Gere, Christopher Meloni, Mae Whitman, Viola Davis, James Franco, Scott Glenn DIRECTED BY: George C. Wolfe SUMMARY: Adrienne Willis (Diane Lane), a woman with her life in chaos, retreats to the tiny coastal town of Rodanthe, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to tend to a friend?s inn for the weekend. Here she hopes to find the tranquility she so desperately needs to rethink the conflicts surrounding her?a wayward husband who has asked to come home, and a teenaged daughter who resents her every decision. Almost as soon as Adrienne gets to Rodanthe, a major storm is forecast and Dr. Paul Flanner (Richard Gere) arrives. The only guest at the inn, Flanner is not on a weekend escape but rather is there to face his own crisis of conscience. Now, with the storm closing in, the two turn to each other for comfort and, in one magical weekend, set in motion a life-changing romance that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives. MY THOUGTHS: I really liked the story, but the ending I am still unsure about. I didn't even for a second see that happening. I thought it was just going to be one of those predictable love stories. How very wrong I was. I am all for the non typical endings. But I wanted it to be typical in this film. It was just so sad. I really felt for the characters. Diane and Richard were great together. All of the acting was good. Seemed a little forced with Mae at times. But for most, all did a great job.
Nights in Rodanthe Quotes
|Adrienne Willis:||I know you've only ever known your father and me. And I love Jack, because he is your father. But there's another kinda love, Amanda. One that gives you the courage to be better than you are, not less than you are. One that makes you feel that anything is possible. I want you to know that you could have it. I want you to hold out for it.|
|Dr. Paul Flanner:||What keeps you safe?|
|Adrienne Willis:||Well, you fall in love with someone, you know... and you make a family... and you become what you think you're supposed to be. And you change and you give up certain things. Then they look at what you've got left and you wish you... I don't know, you just think maybe you shouldn't have.|
|Dr. Paul Flanner:||Don't.|
|Dr. Paul Flanner:||Just don't do it.|
|Dr. Paul Flanner:||We all make choices, Adrianne. You chose that life, you chose that man. Do you even remember who you really are anymore?|
|Adrienne Willis:||Just stop it.|
|Adrienne Willis:||When Jack left me, it wasn't just our marriage ending. It was the loss of all the hopes that I'd had for future. I tried to move on, but the world didn't seem that interested in me anymore. Then you came along, and helped me believe in myself again.|
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