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The Choice

The latest romance based on a Nicholas Sparks novel follows his formula to a tee: two attractive white lovers in a North Carolina coastal town overcome some obstacle to be together (class differences, other partners) and then weather some tragic twist (almost always in a hospital setting). A jocular country boy (Benjamin Walker) and his stubborn new neighbor (Teresa Palmer) engage in some unwitty banter and then quickly slip into an everlasting love, though it lacks the passion that Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams brought to Sparks's monster hit The Notebook (2004). Palmer is an appealing screen presence, and Walker is passable in his crying scenes, but together they're as bland as the lines they often appear uncomfortable uttering. Ross Katz directed; with Tom Wilkinson, who is too good for this.



  • Ross Katz


  • Benjamin Walker
  • Teresa Palmer
  • Maggie Grace
  • Alexandra Daddario
  • Tom Welling
  • Tom Wilkinson
  • Brett Rice


  • Nicholas Sparks
  • Peter Safran
  • Theresa Park
  • Hans Ritter

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