"Sacrificial Love Story"
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DEAR JOHN is very moving and well made, with great performances by Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried. The beauty of this movie is the sacrificial love shown both by John and Savannah. Love for others and duty to country are clearly shown. The filmmakers have created a solid romance in the context of a patriotic movie. There is much to like about DEAR JOHN. It contains, however, some foul language and one scene of implied pre-marital sex that warrant caution for older children.
(BB, C, PPP, L, V, S, N, A, M) Strong moral worldview with redemptive elements exhibiting sacrificial love, duty, honor, forgiveness, and compassion, plus very strong Pro-American, patriotic content; four obscenities and one profanity; brief fight scene caused by momentary anger and forgiveness is later requested, some minor war violence as character is shot but not much blood shown; implied sex between unmarried couple though earlier in their relationship they actually discuss not doing this; upper male nudity; modest alcohol use; no smoking or drugs; and, broken promises.
DEAR JOHN is an emotional story about a man willing to risk the love of the girl he wants to marry by reenlisting to serve with his troop in the Army following the 9/11 terrorist attack.
The movie opens with John (played by Tatum Channing), an Army special forces soldier on two-weeks leave, rescuing a purse that was accidentally knocked off a pier. A very appreciative girl, Savannah (played by Amanda Seyfried), strikes up a friendship with John that rapidly escalates into romance. Savannah even becomes friends with John’s father, who has some mental problems.
John promises to leave the Army in a year when his tour of duty is up and come home to Savannah to stay. She returns to college, and he to duty in Africa. They exchange romantic letters. When the World Trade Towers are brought down, the other members of John’s troop all plan to re-enlist if everyone in the troop does. They have a weekend to consider the decision. John takes the weekend to go see Savannah, who is heartbroken to learn he feels compelled to re-enlist for two more years.
John does re-enlist and is sent to Afghanistan, where he looks forward to Savannah’s letters. The letters stop coming for a month until one comes informing him she is engaged to another man. He is devastated. Not long thereafter, he is shot twice while in action and winds up in a hospital in Germany. He recovers and re-enlists again.
When his father becomes gravely ill, he is sent home where he confronts both his relationship with his father and with Savannah.
The beauty of DEAR JOHN is the sacrificial love shown both by John and Savannah. DEAR JOHN is very moving and well made with great performances by the two main characters. Love for others and duty to country are clearly shown. The filmmakers have created a solid romance in the context of a patriotic movie. Thus, there is a whole lot to like about this movie.
DEAR JOHN contains, however, some foul language and one scene of implied pre-marital sex that warrant caution for older children.