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At Theaters: 2/5/2010 On Video: 5/25/2010
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 00 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 549951
Studio: Screen Gems/Palm Pictures
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The story of John Tyree, a young soldier home on leave, and Savannah Curtis, the idealistic college student he falls in love with during her spring vacation. Over the next seven tumultuous years, the couple is separated by John’s increasingly dangerous deployments. While meeting only sporadically, they stay in touch by sending a continuous stream of love letters overseas--correspondence that eventually triggers fateful consequences.
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Drama Romantic War - This is a tearjerking romantic drama aimed at female audiences, especially younger ones. Some adult subject matter and sensuality make the film inappropriate for kids. Fans of the two leads should be very pleased.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Channing Tatum G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, FIGHTING, STOP-LOSS
Amanda Seyfried JENNIFER'S BODY, MAMMA MIA!
Scott Porter BANDSLAM, PROM NIGHT
Henry Thomas THE LAST SIN EATER, E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL
Richard Jenkins BURN AFTER READING, STEP BROTHERS, THE VISITOR
Director: Lasse Hallstrom THE HOAX, CASANOVA, AN UNFINISHED LIFE
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
Dear Director...
Dear John...
Dear Savannah...
Dear Mr. Tyree...
Dear Tim and Alan...
Wish You Were Here...
Military Authenticity...
P.S. ...
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 4 S-words, 1 GD, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Sensuality without nudity.
VIOLENCE: Fights, sh ootings, combat.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: Some war combat.
COMEDY: Some cute kid humor and comic lines.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Average It matters not. In this movie, war is a plot device. It loosens its grip on John only long enough to sporadically renew his romance, before claiming him again so that we finally consider Savannah's Dear John letter just good common sense.

USA Today Full Review
Average You're more likely to roll your eyes than swoon over this slow-moving and far-fetched love story.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 129 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
7
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
4
Fairly High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
50
Very High
92%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
9
About 50/50
78%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
16
Very High
88%
30+Adults (M)
12
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
31
Very High
94%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 129 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:These older children loved "Dear John."
TEENS:This is obviously a teen female movie since there are 50 female and only four male reviews. Three of the four guys rated it high and one rated it average. Great reviews from the ladies. Three-quarters of them loved "Dear John." Most of the rest rated it average.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Half the guys enjoyed it very much. Half of the rest rated it average. The last quarter rated it low to very low.
ADULTS:Great reviews from both the males and females. These are very high reviews from the guys for this type of movie. The female reviews are also very high but a fairly high percentage rated it only average.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
John Tyree (Channing Tatum) is a handsome, soft-spoken Special Forces soldier visiting his father in South Carolina while on leave. Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried) is a beautiful, idealistic college student from a wealthy Southern family, home for spring break. John and Savannah are from different worlds, but through a chance encounter at the beach, the two meet and are immediately attracted to each other. Their meeting turns into a whirlwind two-week courtship, and their feelings quickly deepen into an all-consuming, passionate love. Each finds in the other something they'd never known they were missing. When John is forced to return to his deployment and Savannah heads back to college, the couple promises to write one another. Through a continuous stream of letters, their love continues to blossom and a deeply romantic love story unfolds.

As time passes, John and Savannah are only able to see one another sporadically. John's deployment overseas is extended, and Savannah's life back home continues on. As the world becomes a more complicated place, Savannah is constantly worried about John's safety, and John is torn between his dedication to his work and his desire for a life at home with Savannah. Against steadily increasing tension between their desires and their responsibilities, the couple struggles to keep their commitment firm. But when unexpected tragedy strikes back home, John's return provokes an emotional confrontation, and the couple is forced to discover whether their love can truly survive.

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