Vow, The
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -2

Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum. Romance. Written by Jason Katims, Abby Kohn and some others with equally fascinating last names. Directed by Michael Sucsy.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Paige and Leo are very much in love. They are a young, hip couple who manage to live the good life in NY City; he owns a recording studio, she’s a sculptor. (They’re so hip, they get married in an art gallery, without any mention of God.) They have been blessed in that they have found love and appreciate it. But a car accident puts Paige in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband, Leo works to win her heart again. She remembers her family, her past, and of course, her old fiancé, but she doesn’t much care for her hubby. Based on a true story.

PREVIEW REVIEW: When you’re a film reviewer it helps both the critic and his readers if he likes films in any category, including the infamous “Chick Flick” genre. And I do. When it comes to movies that were supposedly aimed at women, I can remember being completely involved in Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Jane Eyre, Sarah, Plain and Tall, etc. Usually, it’s a combo of performance and script that sells me no matter the preferred demographic. It’s even better when everything comes together, from the director’s pacing to the film’s score, as is the case with those just mentioned. The Vow, on the other hand, is more a test for audiences than a satisfying movie experience. If your man sits through this film, then buys you dinner, well, ladies, you’ve found love.

Most of us guys begin to squirm when the lead, played by body beautiful Channing Tatum, spells out “Move In” on his girl’s pancakes with blueberries, or when he watches from outside a restaurant as she waits tables (he’s standing in the rain, getting drenched, isn’t that sweet?).

Every cornball lovers-under-attack cliché is absorbed into this saccharine, overblown melodrama, including her family having absolutely no sympathy or even manners when it comes to the amnesia victim’s new husband. These are about the most soulless bunch since Macbeth’s clan.

What makes the movie somewhat tolerable (I mean where we guys keep from stabbing ourselves in the head with our Coke straws) is Rachel McAdams. It’s not just her looks, which are both cover girl and next-door sweetheart in one, but it’s also her ability to play with earnestness this Jacqueline Susann-like take on real life. Besides being a beautiful woman, Ms. McAdams is also a very good actress.

Now, about this being a true story. I have a feeling the real true story would have been more interesting. Sadly, this tripe is, well, quickly forgettable. I hope.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Screen Gems

Crude Language: A couple of crude remarks
Obscene Language: Six or so obscenities, mostly the s-word.
Profanity: One profane use of God’s name.
Violence: We see a graphic car crash. A little on the crash victims’ face.
Sexual Intercourse: One brief sexual situation, but it does not become graphic; sex before marriage is implied.
Nudity: Brief shot of the male lead from behind getting out of bed and walking across the room, sans clothing.
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: Some drinking.
Other: None
Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Women and their male subjects

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