Walk to Remember, A
Entertainment: +2 1/2
Acceptability: -1

Set in the late fifties and based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, this family oriented story stars pop recording artist Mandy Moore as Jamie Sullivan. Landon Carter (Shane West), whose reputation as a wild rebel and juvenile pranks land him in the principals office, gets rehabilitative punishment. Part of his sentence includes time to help tutor slower students and taking part in the schools spring drama. Both acts throw him in with Jamie, the less than popular pastors daughter in the small North Carolina town. But hes really stunned when the ugly duckling becomes a swan during the play, and even more surprised when he begins to fall in love with the social outcast. Although her father remains skeptical because of Landons reputation, Landon finds himself helping Jamie complete a list of lifetime desires, like showing her how to be in two places at one time by straddling the states border. But his love is put to the test when she reveals the biggest obstacle to completing her list. Teens and adults alike will be drawn to this down-to-earth story that focuses on the positive changes love can make.

Strong Christian elements, including Bible readings about love, are included without seeming overly preachy. In a refreshing change from the usual Hollywood fare, the main character is portrayed as a Christian without being psychopathic or holier-than-thou. Jamie demonstrates her faith through her acts, but also shows that she has dreams and desires just like Landon. In fact, her list of life goals encourages Landon to make plans of his own. Although his divorced mother prompts an angry Landon to renew his relationship with his father, it's his father's reaction to Landon's relationship with Jamie that sparks reconciliation. In a slight decade discrepancy, school computers are used to put Jamie's head on a bikini model to embarrass her. And although a few crude sexual comments are made, no sex scenes are shown. Unfortunately, almost a dozen obscenities are heard in early scenes, which prevents our total recommendation. But with A WALK TO REMEMBER, teens and young adults may find this love story setting a new example for relationships.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Distributor: Warner Brothers

Crude Language: Many (10) times Mild 8, moderate 2
Obscene Language: Many (11) times S-word 10, other 1
Profanity: None
Violence: Few times Mild and moderate (boy jumps into water/ knocked unconscious, car hits barrels, cut on boys head, pushing, boy punched)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: Near nudity Once (photo of girl in skimpy bikini)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Several times (sensual kissing, boy grabs crotch, girl invites boy with parents arent home, crude sexual reference and motion, girl questions boy about seduction)
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Strong Christian character changes another for better, Bible verses read, parent-child reconciliation, reference to miracles
Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Ages 12 and up

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