Excerpt: The Film When a long distance relationship develops between a soldier on leave and a southern college student on break in the pre- and post- 911 world, it's only a matter of time and a series of letters before the actual "Dear John" letter arrives, and this scenario provides the plot for Dear John .
Pros: Actors: Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Richard Jenkins, Henry Thomas, Director: Lasse Hallstrom, Audio Languages: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Subtitles: English SDH, Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1, Number of Discs: 1, Rating: PG-13, Studio: Sony Pictures, Release Date: May 25, 2010, Run Time: 108 mi...
Excerpt: Dear John tells us something about lost love. Let’s say the girl you thought was “the one” decided to marry someone else while you were away. Shucks, right? Well no, not according to Dear John . All you need to do is wait for her husband to fall terminally ill with lymphoma and make your move.
Conclusion: Is 'Dear John' a great film? No. Is it even a very good film? Well, no, it's not that either. In fact, it's one of the more offensive movies I've seen in a long time (moreso than, say, 'Antichrist,' and a lot less fun).
Excerpt: I understand that according to the press notes, Dear John is not in fact a four-hour epic. But when I was in that theater, watching Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried make virginal moony eyes at each other, I swear to you I felt time stop.
Excerpt: Reduced to its basic elements, the romantic fiction of Nicholas Sparks reads like a generic personal ad: “Single white character loves sunsets, horses, full moons, and walks on the beach. Terminal illness inevitable but bittersweet.
Excerpt: Another in the increasingly inbred line of romantic melodramas to spring from the fertile loins of Nicholas Sparks, Dear John is as inspired as its title, a reference that originated with the scores of break-up letters sent to soldiers deployed overseas during World War II.