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The Best of Me

Rated PG-13 117 minutes 2014

To satisfy the dying wish of an old friend, two former high school sweethearts (Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden) reunite at a secluded cabin after 20 years apart; she's a rich housewife married to a dopey-looking businessman, and he's a hunky oil-rig worker whose criminal relatives want him dead. That may sound like the premise for a Russ Meyer movie, but this is adapted from a romance novel by Nicholas Sparks, so all the laughs are unintentional. Director Michael Hoffman, who's seen better days (Restoration, Game 6), delivers the glossy, perfume-ad aesthetic one expects from this sort of thing.

Film Credits

Director: Michael Hoffman

Producer: Denise DiNovi, Alison Greenspan, Nicholas Sparks, Ryan Kavanaugh, Theresa Park, Tucker Tooley, Robbie Brenner, Ron Burkle and Jason Colbeck

Cast: Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Gerald McRaney, Caroline Goodall, Clarke Peters, Sebastian Arcelus, Jon Tenney, Sean Bridgers, Robert Mello, Hunter Burke, Robby Rasmussen, Caroline Hebert, Ian Nelson, Schuyler Fisk and Douglas M. Griffin


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