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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.
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.
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.
Roger EbertFull 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 TodayFull Review Average You're more likely to roll your eyes than swoon over this slow-moving and far-fetched love story.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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.
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
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.