A Walk to Remember

A Walk to Remember
A Walk to Remember
  • PG
  • 1h 42m
  • 2002
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In the little port town of Beaufort, North Carolina, Landon Carter recalls his senior year in high school ... and the girl who made him believe in his dreams. Serious, self-confident and strong in faith, Jamie Sullivan does not concern herself with peer pressure. Aimless, reckless and superficial, Landon leads the cool kids, taunting anyone who doesn't meet their standards--including Jamie. When circumstances force these two opposites together, Landon and Jamie discover that the power of love can transform an ordinary life into one worth living.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten27%
Critics Consensus: Though wholesome, the Mandy Moore vehicle A Walk to Remember is also bland and oppressively syrupy.
Reviews
Associated Press
Christy Lemire
Rotten

It's an overwrought teen weepy, Terms of Endearment for the TRL crowd.

June 22, 2017
Time Out
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An adolescent romance we've seen a million times before.

June 21, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
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This horrific teen romance-cum-weepie is best watched from between your fingers, or from under you...

June 17, 2017
BBC.com
Neil Smith
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Mandy Moore only has herself to blame for choosing such a tooth-rottingly sentimental weepie as th...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Syrupy, predictable tale has some cursing, mature themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that A Walk to Remember is a 2002 coming-of-age movie loosely based on the Nicholas Sparks novel. A teen boy is peer pressured by a group of popular teens (who have been drinking and act drunk) into jumping from a high distance into a body of water below, resulting in near-fatal injuries. Before Landon cleans up his act, he drinks and drives. Popular teens in a high school verbally bully the way another teen girl dresses. The movie explores peer pressure and cliques, and characters learn to move beyond such childish and conformist social groupings. It's clear that Jamie is very principled and she shares only chaste kisses with Landon. At one point, she asks, "Are you trying to seduce me?" and he replies, "Are you seducible?" She says she is not and he respects her for it. Landon's best friend is African American, but the character's dialogue is so stereotyped that he seems like the "token black guy" in Not Another Teen Movie. He and Landon have an elaborate special friendship handshake -- including a pantomime of smoking a joint -- and there's an unintentionally hilarious moment when, after an exchange of sympathy and support, they soberly go into their handshake moves. Occasional profanity, including "s--t," "bulls--t," "chickens--t," "piss," "damn," and "hell." Themes of terminal illness might be too much for sensitive kids.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:January 25, 2002
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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