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Our Review of Safe Haven:
KRISTIAN: It’s Valentine’s Day weekend at the box office, so you can bet a Nicholas Sparks movie is being released…this time it’s “Safe Haven”, starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough. Sparks films, like action or horror flicks, have become their own genre, and this one has all the traits: romance, heartbreak, and a few ridiculous plot twists. As much as the relationship between Duhamel and Hough felt credible, that’s how bad the subplot of her past chasing her down becomes. As a result, what could have been a solid romance gets bogged down into a Lifetime movie of the week…is “Safe Haven” a good movie? No…will you take your girlfriend to see it anyway? Yep. So enjoy the good moments and try not to laugh outloud during the rest.
SCORE: 2.25/5 Schmoes
MARK: Nicholas Sparks is back, kids! That’s the guy who loves distracting you with romance, then sucker-punches with some sort of death or disease designed to keep Kleenex in business. In “Safe Haven”, the chemistry between stars Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough is surprisingly strong…their story is genuinely entertaining but even the greatest love tale can’t save a couple inane subplots that are poorly executed and exposed as cheap devices to heighten drama. It’s a silly beach novel in celluloid form, and as a fan of horror flicks I can’t bash anyone who gets sucked in (I may even be among your ranks). Entertaining as hell with a heaping side of stupid, “Safe Haven” is the perfect Valentine’s Day movie (sapfest for her, some hearty laughs for him). Did I really just grade this a half-point better than “Die Hard 5”. Excuse me while I puke.
SCORE: 2.3/5 SchmoesSafe Haven Review,