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Nights in Rodanthe

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A doctor who is traveling to see his estranged son sparks with an unhappily married woman at a north carolina inn.


Studio Warner
SKU 210516660
UPC 085391186465
UPC 14 00085391186465
Format DVD
Release Date 1/31/2012
Rating Rating
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Anamorphic Widescreen/Standard  2.40:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
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Review I can kind-of, sort-of see how this story might work as a novel. Bad dialogue doesn't sound as howlingly awful when not spoken aloud. Idiotic plot contrivances don't seem as painful and obvious. A love affair depends only on the spell woven by the author's words and isn't subject to the whims of flat performances, lifeless direction, and a script that rushes through key moments. Not having read the book, I can't say anything for certain about the magic (or lack thereof) of what Nicholas Sparks wrought with Nights in Rodanthe. About the movie, however, I can comment, and what ends up on screen is nothing short of a travesty...This is the feature debut of director George C. Wolfe, and his inexperience shows. There are some basic, annoying technical errors, such as in the depiction of the hurricane (which, in reality, would have taken the little ocean-front inn out to sea or, at the very least, flooded the cars parked about two feet from the high tide mark). A critical aspect of the film's third act, which relies on written correspondence, is turned into a muddled montage. And Wolfe is unable to provide any sense of life or passion in a story that desperately needs this to rescue it from the grip of self-parody into which it frequently slips. I approached Nights in Rodanthe with the expectation that it was a serious film. Had I expected a comedy, however, I might have gotten more from the experience. Most of the laughs are unintentional, but the result is absurd and laughable. I will admit a certain fondness for two previous Sparks' adaptations, Message in a Bottle and The Notebook, but this isn't in the same league. Nights in Rodanthe is only for those who don't care about true movie romance, as long as people are going through the motions.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 5
Review With the Gulf Coast narrowly dodging Gustav and the Houston area recuperating from Ike, now might not be the best time for a breathy romance that uses the violent lashing of a vicious hurricane to simulate foreplay between passionate lovers...It's hard to fault director George C. Wolfe, however. His Nights in Rodanthe adaptation merely adheres to a blueprint provided by best-selling author Nicholas Sparks, who makes use of a tempest in his source novel but also provides earnest human connections and palpable heartache...Rodanthe walks a fine line between maudlin and sappy, but the performers prevent it from ever plunging too far in either direction. Gere understands how best to play a character saddled with an emotional burden. Lane reveals a maternal side, displaying care and sympathetic concern even in her most passionate moments. Rodanthe is far less steamy than Adrian Lyne's 2002 thriller Unfaithful, the last film to pair Gere with Lane. (Or, more accurately, drive them apart.)...Sparks' loyal readers know that a third-act tragedy looms, and those who've read Rodanthe will be prepared for the inevitable rug pull. I'm unfamiliar with how faithful Wolfe stays to Sparks' text, so I'll comment only by saying Rodanthe dabbles in love that's characterized by the ache of separation, and how those feelings can stop a lover's heart...Which is why the knockout blow belongs to Scott Glenn, who delivers a gut-punch of mournful anguish as the husband of Gere's patient who can't accept the fact that his wife is gone. The hurt that lingered in Glenn's sorrowful eyes lingered with me long after the rest of Rodanthe had faded away.
Reviewer Sean O'Connell
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1
Product Attributes
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Angie Errigo, Empire ...nice scenery, attractive stars and another credible, affecting performance from Lane...
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer ...a reliably steamy stormy sultry story.
Chris Hewitt, St. Paul Pioneer Press ...a soap opera, for sure, but it's a beautifully-acted one and director George C. Wolfe revels in the story's swoony lushness.
Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter A tasteful melodrama courtesy of the easy chemistry between its two leads...
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer A slow-moving, unashamedly weepy, middle-age love story of the kind big-studio Hollywood doesn't often make anymore.

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