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Love is a battlefield

  • Sara Veal

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Jakarta   /   Sun, February 28 2010   /  03:08 pm

Nicholas Sparks has perfected the formula for the 21st century weepie, with The Notebook, A Walk to Remember and Nights in Rodanthe reducing hopeless romantics of all ages to tears. Lasse Hallestrom's Dear John, the latest cinematic adaptation of Spark's work, gives you everything you'd expect - heart-wrenching romance, photogenic leads, dazzling vistas - and then some. One beautiful spring day by a beach in Charleston, young Americans Savannah (Amanda Seyfried) and John (Channing Tatum) meet-cute, spurring an intense two weeks of romance, enough time to fall madly in love. So in love that they are willing to withstand a year apart, while John completes his military tour of duty. To combat the distance, they faithfully exchange letters, a passionate correspondence that helps them endure their lives without each other. Naturally, the obstacles pile up, the least of the...