“Love is fragile. And we’re not always its best caretakers. We just muddle through and do the best we can. And hope this fragile thing survives against all odds.” – Steve Miller
Number of Times Seen – 1 (30 Sep 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A troubled teenager is sent to live with her estranged father for the summer.
My Take on it – I’ve never been the biggest fan of Nicolas Sparks films and they are usually hit or miss for me.
This one feels as if it just follows the typical flight path of these kind of movies and doesn;t maange to giv eus anything really unique.
The cast is fine with Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth both dping nice jobs here as the young couple.
They have nice chemsutry and that probably has somewhat to do with the fact that they began a relationship while making thsi movie.
IN supporting roles, Greg Kinnear and Kelly Preston both give nice performances as Cyrus’ divorced parents.
The pacing of this film is far too slow and the fact that very little actually happens until the third act.
Unfortunately, that part of the story gets more interesting and is impactful, but it’s too little too late to make the rest of things more powerful to watch.
The characters aren’t developed very well and that makes it so mcuh harder to really care about what happens to them along the way.
Bottom Line – Typical Sparks film that doesn’t really add anything new to the genre. Cyrus and Hemsworth have great chemistry together here and that helps explain their real life relationship at the time of filming. Kinnear and Preston are both fine as Cyrus’ divorced parents. The story moves along at a pretty slow pace which hurts things a bit. It’s a real shame that the film needs to get to the third act before it is able to actually reach a point where the it is interesting to watch. The characters unfortunately aren’t developed well enough and it’s hard to really care about them or anything they do.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – A lot of the shots – especially the night time ones – used Miley Cyrus’s double. Cyrus was still technically a minor at the time of filming so the number of hours she was able to work was strictly limited. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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