A Walk to Remember
Set in the late fifties and based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, this family oriented story stars pop recording artist Mandy Moore as Jamie Sullivan. Landon Carter (Shane West), whose reputation as a wild rebel and juvenile prankster land him in the principal’s office, gets rehabilitative punishment. Part of the sentence includes time to help tutor slower students and taking part in the school’s spring drama. Both acts throw him in with Jamie, the less than popular pastor’s daughter in the small North Carolina town. But he’s really stunned when the ugly duckling becomes a swan during the play, and even more surprised when he begins to fall in love with the social outcast. Although her father remains skeptical because of Landon’s reputation, Landon finds himself helping Jamie complete a list of lifetime desires, like showing her how to be in two places at one time by straddling the state’s border. But his love is put to the test when she reveals the biggest obstacle to completing her list.
Strong Christian elements, including Bible readings about love, are included without seeming overly preachy. And although a few crude sexual comments are made, no sex scenes are shown. Unfortunately, almost a dozen obscenities are heard in early scenes, which prevents our total recommendation. But with “A Walk to Remember,” teens and young adults may find this love story setting a new example for relationships.