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Monday, April 30, 2012

The Vow by Michael Sucsy, 2012 (PG-13)

with Rachel McAdams (To The Wonder, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Midnight in Paris, Morning Glory), Channing Tatum (Side Effects, Haywire), Sam Neill, Scott Speedman (Barney's Version, Adoration), Jessica Lange, Sarah Carter, Dillon Casey, Jeananne Goossen, Rachel Skarsten, Kristina Pesic

Rachel McAdams stars in this romantic drama about a newlywed woman who slips into a coma after a car accident and awakens with amnesia. Her devoted husband (Channing Tatum) must help her recover and also win her back.

If at the end of the movie I wouldn't have read that this was based on a true story (she will never remember), I would have simply trashed the movie. Instead, I might just say that Rachel McAdams  is much more convincing when she isn't doing romantic comedies ("The Lucky Ones", "Midnight in Paris"). Her latest "Morning Glory" or "The Vow" are postcards of cities, with stereotypes of how people with dream-jobs should be... And it gets ridiculous. The feeling are overdeveloped, the characters look dumb and I am not saying this because they are in love, they are just simplified to the cheesy emotional feel good characters you're supposed to fall in love with so you can relate to the story. But they are not attractive being like that, it is sad. Michael Sucsy did a much better job when depicting the downfall of the Onassis family in Grey Gardens.


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