Nights in Rodanthe
Adrienne Willis (Diane Lane), a woman with her life in chaos, retreats to the tiny coastal town of Rodanthe, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to tend to a friend’s inn for the weekend. Here she hopes to find the tranquility she so desperately needs to rethink the conflicts surrounding her–a wayward husband who has asked to come home, and a teen aged daughter who resents her every decision. Almost as soon as Adrienne gets to Rodanthe, a major storm is forecast and Dr. Paul Flanner (Richard Gere) arrives. The only guest at the inn, Flanner is not on a weekend escape but rather is there to face his own crisis of conscience. Now, with the storm closing in, the two turn to each other for comfort and, in one magical weekend, set in motion a life-changing romance that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives.
I find it rather ironic that there are two movies opening this weekend which center around a wife’s decision to leave her husband or stay and fight for their marriage. This film takes the point of view that romance is worth setting everything else aside and you are encouraged to follow your dreams. In “Fireproof”, the other romance released today, the husband spends 40 days learning about God’s wishes for all husbands and wives and then acts out these biblical values in his marriage. Wow, what amazingly contrasted stories.
In “Rodanthe” the woman turns away her husband and spends the next several months writing love letters to her newly found boyfriend only to find out in the end that he has died in a mud slide, never to return. In “Fireproof” the woman’s decision is swayed by the godly actions of her husband and the marriage is slowly restored. To me, the latter is the more romantic movie.
Oh well, due to language and the inappropriate sexual relations between the leads, Dove cannot award our Seal to this film.