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‘Best Of Me’: Is Nicholas Sparks’ Rom-Dram The New ‘Notebook’? — Review

Tue, October 21, 2014 2:35pm EDT by Elizabeth Wagmeister 1 Comment

Did you see ‘Best Of Me’ this weekend? If you didn’t catch the romantic drama on opening day, don’t worry. Here are 10 reasons why I think you should wait to watch the movie on DVR. Or DVD. Just not in theaters.

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed Best Of Me, and accepted it for what it is: a super sappy, predictable chick flick. Not that there’s anything wrong with that because I love my chick flicks, and sometimes, that’s what we all want to watch, whilst sipping on a glass of red wine on the couch, under a warm blanket, during a rainy day, in our pajamas. Nicholas Sparks did it again and pulled on our heartstrings with his latest novel-to-screen adaptation — but, I have to admit, it’s not The Notebook.

‘Best Of Me’ Review: Best To Watch From The Comfort Of Your Couch, Wine In Hand

I’ve got to be honest. When I walked out of the press screening for Best Of Me, I was pretty happy I didn’t pay for my ticket. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t like the movie — it just means I would recommend waiting to see the flick, until it’s out of theaters and on your own TV. Why? Because it was beyond predictable.

But you know what? Some movies are just better watching from home, anyway. Case in point: the Nicholas Sparks chick flick.

So that’s why I’m here to tell you the five reasons why you should see James Marsden‘s rom-dram, and the five reasons why you should wait to see it later because it’s just not The Notebook. (But it certainly tries to be.)

5 Reasons Why You Should See ‘Best Of Me’

1. Young Dawson and Amanda will bring a smile to your face. Liana Liberato and Luke Bracey have great on-screen chemistry.

2. Luke Bracey could quite possibly be the next big thing. He’s likable, he can act and he’s Australian in real life, so that never hurts.

3. Luke Bracey and James Marsden both take their shirts off. And do tons of sweaty, manual labor.

4. Gerald McRaney is the sweetest, kind-hearted man and you’ll love to watch him in his supporting role as young Dawson’s caretaker. (James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan are also great, but unfortunately, their chemistry lacks together.)

5. Despite the predictable nature of the film, it’s still a heartwarming coming-of-age story.

‘Best Of Me’ Is Not ‘The Notebook’ — But It Tries To Be

6. The young rich girl falls in love with the poor white guy. (Been there, done that.)

7. The wealthy girl’s parents don’t approve of her “white trash” boyfriend, but she’s deeply in love with him. (Hmm. Sounds familiar.)

8. The female lead goes on a trip, only to rekindle the flame with the love of her life and finds herself again…and ends up cheating on her husband with her childhood boyfriend. (Wait, didn’t Allie cheat on Lon aka James Marsden with Noah?)

9. The young lad woos his lady over with a sensual slow dance. And then they do the deed. (I remember that happening in 2004.)

10. The most predictable ending ever. I won’t give it away because I won’t spoil the ending for y’all who haven’t seen Best Of Me, but take my word: once you’re halfway through the film, you’ll know how it ends. (My heart goes out to you, James!)

HollywoodLifers, did you see Best Of Me? Let me know what you thought if you saw it — if not, will you be running to theaters?

— Elizabeth Wagmeister

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