A Walk to Remember
The well of teen lovers from different worlds has been tapped, dating all the back to Romeo and Juliet. Sparks isn’t reinventing anything by pairing bad boy Landon (Shane West) up with bookish Jamie (Mandy Moore), and the social repercussions he’ll ultimately feel inside his school cafeteria can be seen from miles away. But there’s something about how once he realizes she’s someone he cares about (the moment she sings “Only Hope,” perhaps?) and subsequently does everything in his power to help complete her bucket list before it’s too late, that makes you wish he was a bigger star. Don’t pretend like you don’t want to try the “standing in two places at once” thing on your next road trip, and don’t pretend like you had the same Corinthians passage as your high school yearbook quote (without realizing it was from the Bible). If you want an more serious and better acted version of this–minus cancer–check out last summer’s The Spectacular Now.