The Vow

Friday, September 30 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

The Vow

JOY REVIEW

At first glance, The Vow would look like all those other sappy, made-for-TV movies for women, but this one is somewhat of a cut above the rest because of Rachel McAdams, who’s terminally cute, and Channing Tatum, who’s also terminally cute. Apparently it’s based on or inspired by true events.  But nevertheless, the story is that this couple meet, then we get to see the flashback of their blossoming relationship, and she’s involved in a terrible accident and loses her memory. So she doesn’t remember that old Channing, who adores her, is her husband. And it turns out she’s from a wealthy family that stars Sam Neill and Jessica Lange, and she’s been estranged from them and they want to basically take her back because she doesn’t remember that she’s angry with them. Alright, you got it all? Throw in an old boyfriend that she dumped, and going back to law school as opposed to being a sculptor and you about have it. But this is actually a fairly interesting movie, that among other things, deals with our memories, and the acting and the cuteness of the leads does help it a bit. The first part I thought ‘boy, people that see this on Valentine’s Day are going to think their boyfriend or girlfriend is just not good enough,’ but it settles into a slightly more, or less, cutesy mood and mode. I was surprised at how entertaining it was. Three stars.

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