Two words: Channing Tatum. Call me lame, call me goofy, call me whatever you want. I am absolutely pumped to go see The Vow this weekend, out in theaters nationwide today, because I just want to oogle over Tatum's beautiful eyes for the 1-hour, 44-minute running time. Oh, and Rachel McAdams, she's OK too.
Directed by Michael Sucsy, The Vow follows a newlywed couple Leo and Paige (Tatum and McAdams) as they recover from a car accident that puts Paige in a coma. Paige wakes up with severe memory loss, not remembering her hubby, and the movie follows his endeavors to win her heart again.
Is it a plot we've seen before? Essentially. Who really cares, though? It's soon-to-be Valentine's Day, and I say every woman deserves to indulge in a mushy gushy romantic movie. Read what the critics think in their The Vow reviews, here:
Sara Stewart, New York Post:
The bonk-on-the-head amnesia plot is a cobwebby one, but in this case it’s based on a true story — of much more ordinary-looking folks than Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams. These two stars bring believable chemistry and emotion to a film that might otherwise wilt under the weight of so much melodrama ... You believe this couple had a spark worth fighting for.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe:
It’s quite watchable date-night cheese -- the kind of movie you can simultaneously snort at and enjoy.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:
How, really, do you approach the subject of having sex with your husband if you don't remember him? Especially when he is theoretically not the kind of man you would choose, and you believe you're engaged to a man you love? The Vow never really grapples with those issues. It's pleasant enough as a date movie, but that's all.
Claudia Puig, USA Today:
The Vow promises tried-and-true rom-com formula and delivers, treading in sappy, cliché-ridden turf.
Seems to me that what you see is totally what you get with this one. I say if there was ever a time of year to see a mushy gushy film that will remind you of everything you loved about The Notebook, now is it. Check out The Vow trailer, here:
Are you planning on going to see The Vow?
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