BY CARMELA FERRO
WHAT it’s about: Two teens with nothing in common are forced to spend time together. When they develop feelings for each other, they are faced with unsupportive family and friends, as well as a heartbreaking secret that puts their relationship to the test and makes them realize the true meaning of life, love and fate.
WHO’s in it: Shane West and Mandy Moore
WHEN it came out: 2002
HOW come you haven’t heard of (or just seen) it: If you weren’t buying J-14 magazines in the early 2000’s you might have missed teen heartthrob Shane West or mistaken him for Chad Michael Murray. He starred in some goofy teen films before this role which showed a bit more of his range. The early 2000s was a busy time for heartthrobs, so maybe you were rightfully distracted elsewhere. But if you weren’t, this film was saved for movies nights with your mom or sleepovers with your girls. And if you’re going to watch any Nicholas Sparks movie and be moved to unstoppable tears it’s going to be this one (or The Notebook).
WHY you need to watch it–immediately!
- It was one of the first Nicholas Sparks films that really struck a chord with our generation. Since it was the second of his stories to be made into a movie, I think sometimes people forget the film is adapted from his work. Also, the original story is actually set in the 50s, but they changed it to appeal to a bigger, younger audience.
- Shane West! Relive your teenage swooning moments and watch Landon steal Jamie’s heart — and yours, even if you don’t want to admit it.
- Jamie had faith in Landon, she made him want to be different, to be better. There’s nothing quite like a love story about people wanting to be better for each other.
- Landon built Jamie a telescope so she could see a comet, he showed her how to be in two places at once and he made all her dreams come true.
- It was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina. It’s a beautiful small town which has been home to series like Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill. Its beautiful coastline, quaint town and state of the art studio provides a great backdrop for many of Nicholas Sparks films, along with several other productions. As a frequent visitor of the town, I can attest that it is beautiful, peaceful and the perfect place to set the scene for all of his stories.
- The story was inspired by Nicholas’s sister, Danielle Sparks Lewis. She died of cancer in 2000 and had met a man who wanted to marry her, even when he knew she was sick, even when he knew that she might not make it.
- If you’re looking for a movie to give you a good sob, this is the one.
- Life is short and unexpected. This movie is a beautiful portrayal of living every moment of your life with the people you love.