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Dear John

Dear John

What she said:

She

I vowed a while ago to never watch this movie.  No really, I wanted nothing to do with it.  It looked so bad that I couldn't even stand to see the trailer.  Kind of like The Time Travelers Wife.  Anyway, I broke down recently and caught it on cable.  Hey, at least I didn't pay for it.

After starting out like so many romance films of today, with one character stalking the other until they'll date them,the movie actually started to take off.  There was at least a half hour or more where it was lead-up of the happy couple, Channing Tatum (ugh) and Amanda Seyfried, living a blissful life together.  Turns out this half hour only translated into two weeks of real time, before the couple is separated, with her going to college and him off to the military. 

They remain connected by writing letters.  No, not emails, letters.  What, you've never heard of them?  It's when you use a pen or pencil to form words on a piece of paper.  You then put the paper in an envelope, address it, stamp it, dump it in a blue box on the street,and pray that it reaches its intended recipient.  I thought that the letter-writing would play a bigger role in the film, but it's actually a sort of side-bar to some of the other stuff that's going on.

As you could have predicted,the couple have their ups and downs,over a period of several years,and there are a few surprises along the way.  It's a pretty stereotypical chick-flick, and yet I found it surprisingly tolerable.  Maybe I was just in a good mood when I saw it, but I'd recommend it to Channing Tatum fans (yes, I know you exist), and those who are overly forgiving of romance-dramas.

Diagnosis: Thumbs about 80 percent up.