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Safe Haven
Director: Lasse Hallström
Writer(s): Dana Stevens, Gage Lansky

Genre: Dramatic Romance
Studio: Relativity
Producers: Ryan Kavanaugh, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Nicholas Sparks, Tucker Tooley
CAST: Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, David Lyons, Cobie Smulders
Release Date: February 14, 2013
Rated: PG-13
Synopsis:
An affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman’s struggle to love again, Safe Haven is based on the novel from Nicholas Sparks, the best-selling author behind the hit films The Notebook and Dear John. When a mysterious young woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller.

MY THOUGHTS:

First off… the little girl (Mimi Kirkland) who played Lexi or Kristen in the book is absolutely gorgeous!!   The movie was predictably good and entertaining! I watched it with my hubby and did get teary eyed thinking about What if?? What if something happened to me… I definitely would want him to find a great woman to love him and love my kids!! Julianne and Josh have great chemistry together. I think the only portion of the movie that I was disappointed in was the son’s character… his negative attitude then overnight 180… no explanation. I feel that his character was definitely better in the book!! I am really big on reading books before watching the movies. For me the books are so much more emotional and capture the essence of the characters more. Overall I thought the movie was great but loved the book so much more!!

Disclosure:  I received complimentary movie passes to attend a pre-screening. I was not compensated to write a positive or favorable review. This is Keeping Up With The Rheinlander’s personal opinion.