7. Nights in Rodanthe
Sparks for the older crowd. Adrienne (Diane Lane) covers for (sassy) friend (Viola Davis) at her majestic inn in the Outer Banks during a hurricane weekend. Paul (Richard Gere) is an accomplished surgeon looking to right a recent wrong, while also escaping pent-up frustration from a failed marriage and an estranged son. People do grow close when there’s no one else around, or during extreme weather conditions. And with alcohol. Bet you didn’t expect single mom Diane Lane to start ripping whiskey shots! Their relationship intensifies quickly, without too much explanation save for the fact that they’re both there and both newly single. When Dr. Paul leaves to meet his son (James Franco) in a remote South American locale, they agree to write letters to get to know each other better. Come on, Nicky! We’ve been down this road before. Just as Adrienne executed a more successful version of Cher Horowitz’s date night plan, Franco appears at the door with silent news that Paul is Dead. That’s right, folks. Don’t write letters to anyone you don’t want to perish in a mudslide or marry their next door neighbor. Texting 4 life.