The cheesy movie romance factory that is Nicholas Sparks has a brand new film for you. It's called The Best of Me
, and it naturally involves a lot of classic Nicholas Sparks-esque elements that will make you gently weep, violently sob, and lead you to believe that love alone is the only thing that makes the world go 'round — all at the same time.
The film centers around Amanda (Liana Liberato
) and Dawson (Luke Bracey
), two teens from different walks of life who fall madly in love in 1984. However, dramatic circumstances separate the lovers (duh) until they're finally reunited 20 years later after Dawson has an oil rigging accident. From there, the adult versions of Amanda and Dawson, played by Michelle Monaghan
and James Marsden
, rekindle the love of their youth through easygoing joy rides and candlelit dinners on the porch set to the tune of John Legend's "All of Me."The Best of Me
also includes one essential Nicholas Sparks element that guarantees to up the inflamed passion and gut-wrenching drama of any romance film. And, no, we're not talking about adding a devastating disease
to the mix. That's right, you guessed it: the rain-drenched make out session...
The Best of Me:
: Safe Haven
(no rain here, but you get the gist) The Notebook
Congrats, Mr. Sparks. You have managed to make bucket loads of money by churning out variations of the exact same thing. And this time, you managed to take James Marsden along for the ride. But as they say — if it ain't broke, don't fix it.