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Dear John (2010)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, War | 5 February 2010 (USA)
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A romantic drama about a soldier who falls for a conservative college student while he's home on leave.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Tyree
... Savannah Curtis
... Mr. Tyree
... Tim
... Noodles
... Rooster (Dan Rooney)
Gavin McCulley ... Starks
Jose Lucena Jr. ... Berry (as Jose Lucena)
... Captain Stone
... Randy
... Susan
... Daniels (as William Howard)
... Mr. Curtis
... Mrs. Curtis (as Mary Rachel Dudley)
Bryce Hayes ... Yellow Shirt
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Storyline

South Carolina US Army Special operations soldier John is on summer leave from his German base, visiting his widowed father. Being gallant on the pier, he befriends college student Savannah, a college student, and her buddies, a terminal father and his angelic son. John falls in love with Savannah, who diagnoses his beloved, gentle but weird father as mildly autistic. He plans not to sign up again, but 9/11 changes that, and she won't wait idly while their friends desperately need help. Written by KGF Vissers

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What would you do with a letter that changed everything ? See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and violence | See all certifications »

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5 February 2010 (USA)  »

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Querido John  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,468,614, 7 February 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$80,014,842, 25 April 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$114,977,104, 3 November 2012
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Originally started in development at New Line before the screenplay was picked up by Screen Gems and Relativity Media. See more »

Goofs

The watch John wore in the movie (Suunto X9i) is very popular in the military for it's GPS capabilities. The first time John can be seen wearing this watch is in scenes from 2001, however this product was not produced until late 2006. See more »

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John Tyree: So there's something else I wanna tell you. Right before everything went black, you wanna know the very last thing that entered my mind? You.
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Featured in Loose Canon: 9/11 (2016) See more »

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Excelsior Lady
Written by Timothy DeNardo, Jessie Gulati, Anthony Lukens, and Sam Sprague
Performed by The Donkeys
Courtesy of Dead Oceans
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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A lovely story with great characters
5 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

Not having read anything about the film (or book) beforehand, I went into the cinema with no expectations, (though I was worried it might be a soppy, pull-at-the-heartstrings epic like The Notebook).

This wasn't the case. There were so many times when I thought 'Oh, I hope this doesn't happen', or 'I hope they don't do what I think they're going to do', and they didn't. There are moments of sadness, but some of them could have been made a lot worse.

The story isn't unique, (neither is The Notebook) but it is executed in a way that makes you feel as though you're watching something new. Channing Tatum is the lovable beefcake reminiscent of Marky Mark, and Amanda Seyfried is cute, delivering well executed dialogue. And I did actually think they had good chemistry, despite what other reviewers have said. Channing's John is an army boy who had a lot of issues growing up, so you can't expect him to be overly forthcoming with his emotions.

Richard Jenkins gives a great performance as the father, and even Henry Thomas is likable as the neighbour (I must be the only person in the world who hasn't seen E.T. so I didn't recognize the name at first).

To me, this was acted out a lot better (and even structured better) than Twilight: New Moon, which I assume is meant to appeal to the same audience. I know to some that isn't saying much, but perhaps our expectations are a bit high these days. If you want to see a sweet love story with likable characters, then you might just enjoy this film.


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