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Nights in Rodanthe: Something to Watch With Grandma

As you might've predicted, Nights in Rodanthe is a sentimental, non-threatening weepie that could have just as easily been made for TV and run on the Hallmark channel. The story is bland and yet sugar-saturated at the same time. It's tame, not too racy and it features unlayered characters. There’s redemption in the male character’s storyline and an awakening in the woman’s. It’s boring as all get-out sometimes, and tries its damndest to make you cry. So, in other words, it's your average Nicholas Sparks stuff.

Adrienne Willis (Diane Lane) separated from her husband after he cheated on her with her best friend. Paul Flanner (Richard Gere) is a doctor whose workaholic tendencies drove away his wife and son (played by James Franco). After a patient dies on his operating table, Paul travels to Rodanthe to meet with the patient's husband. He stays at the inn that Adrienne is running while her friend is away. There's a big storm that brings the two of them together, bada bing bada boom, they both learn how to love again. What follows is a string of scenes meant to be either heartwarming or heartbreaking, depending on Diane Lane's incredibly expressive face. For more of my thoughts on all this,

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All in all, it's sappy, cheesy stuff that doesn’t demand much of the viewer. There's an unnerving amount of time for your mind to wander, due to not being truly invested in these people or their stories. The editing is almost comically jerky. And James Franco is in it for maybe four minutes, total.

At the same time, I understand that movies like this serve a purpose. The only reason I watched A Walk to Remember was because I was with some older relatives and it was something we could all watch. This movie is in a very similar vein as A Walk to Remember, so I’m guessing that if you liked that one, you’ll like Rodanthe.

Photos courtesy of Warner Bros.


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digitalbombshell digitalbombshell 7 years
i was sooo disappointed with this movie.. they could of done so much more with it. I've never read the book but I'm sure there was more to Paul and his sons relationship but they barely showed anything between the two. At the end i was like, huh, thats it? I wouldn't put this up there with the rest of Sparks movies because I'd never want to watch this one again.. I still enjoy watching The Notebook and A Walk to Remember. Boy am i glad i went during matinee prices.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
I will still want to see this. I think they could have made this movie out to be incredible like The Notebook. But they picked the wrong actor/actress first! Then the movie just continued down a slippery slope.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Oh, and Colbert's "review" is hilarious. http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/185692/september-25-2008/-nights-in-rodanthe--premiere
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Oh, and Colbert's "review" is hilarious.http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/185692/september-25-2008/-nights-in-rodanthe--premiere
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
Ha! "Because if they HAD used this photo for that sort of marketing, they'd probably make more money off that one image than the movie will make in the theaters." "And I'm with you, a nonny mouse, but I was thinking erectile dysfunction." You guys are cracking me up today. :)
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
"It’s boring as all get-out sometimes, and tries its damndest to make you cry. So, in other words, it's your average Nicholas Sparks stuff." Hahahah. So true, Buzz. And I'm with you, a nonny mouse, but I was thinking erectile dysfunction :)
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 7 years
Ooops, I got cut off -- The first image you've shown (the couple at the shoreline) TOTALLY looks like a "hormone replacement therapy" ad aimed at menopausal women. I'm not trying to appear snarky or elitist, but that is what the image conjures, for me. It's too bad. Because if they HAD used this photo for that sort of marketing, they'd probably make more money off that one image than the movie will make in the theaters.
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 7 years
The challenge is to restrain myself from flashing a dramatic eye-roll everytime I see this drippy saccharin-soaked advertisement. The first image you've shown TOTALLY
handsintheair handsintheair 7 years
my mom was all about seeing this. I saw it at a screening a few months ago and it was complete garbage. You could write the last 9/10ths of the script yourself after the first 10 minutes. Plus they completely dorked critics' reviews and made them seem positive when they were negative. Total bs - http://www.gelfmagazine.com/archives/an_unfortunate_title_if_ever_there_was_one_.php
mswender mswender 7 years
I totally agree with divinelight, every time the tv is on the commercial comes on and I am sick of it. I am not a Nicolas Sparks fan and have no desire to see this movie, though I really like Diane Lane.
divinelight divinelight 7 years
I just can't wait for the commercials for this movie to stop! I'm getting so sick of them.
soulight soulight 7 years
So my friend dragged me to see this movie, and man was it a waste. I didn't even cry and I cry so easily, I was mostly bored and annoyed. And it felt so rushed and phony, I would not recommend this movie to anyone, not even my mom, who normally likes movies like this.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i have to say that i like the comment about how this could have aired on Hallmark and served the same purpose but i think that it's got it's place for the older generation. not all movies that are in theaters have to be directed at kids or 20-30 somethings. i love these 2 lead actors and i think that i wouldn't mind watching the movie, i just didn't real the overwhelming urge to see it in the theater right now. as for james franco - i didn't even know that he was going to be in it until about a day or 2 ago - so i'm not surprised that there was a comment about him being in it for just a few minutes.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
Just about what I expected of this one. I'll probably rent it much, much later. Thanks, Buzz.
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