Monday, March 5, 2012

Movie night - The Vow

Emma and I were needing some fun mom-daughter time, so Friday after work I picked her up and we went out just the two of us. We did a little shopping, a little eating, a lot of ice cream-ing, and then went to a movie. She had been dying to see The Vow. Me, not so much. I'm not a fan of that kind of movie and from the commercials it looked ridiculous. But, it's what she wanted to see, so we went.

It actually wasn't bad.

I won't say it's the best movie ever, but she really enjoyed it. "How did you NOT cry, mom?!" (Honestly I was a little too worried about the weather to cry, but that's my next post.) The movie is loosely based on a true story (by loosely, I mean there really is a couple who had a car accident and the wife lost her memory. There's even a nice little update on the real couple at the end. But that's as far as "true" as the story goes.) The movie begins with the accident, and the couple's meeting and romance is told in flashbacks. I was really surprised that it wasn't over the top, annoyingly mushy and ridiculous. I didn't roll my eyes once. I loved the flashback of their wedding, it was such a sweet scene. I was glad the movie showed a (slightly) more realistic version instead of going all Notebook-y with the sappyness. Is sappyness a word? It should be. I was afraid at one point that the writers were going to "borrow" a scene from Ghost (Rachel McAdams' character is a sculptor) and was all prepared to be snarky, but thankfully they didn't go that route at all. She and Channing Tatum just play a cute, fun, loveable couple.

Overall, it's a nice movie. Definitely a girl's night movie - I'd never subject my husband to this. It doesn't have quite the Hollywood cookie-cutter ending, either, which gives it extra points in my mind. It would make a better Netflix night selection that date-night choice, though. And if you have teenage daughters, stock up on tissues before watching.


  1. Well, I'll add that to my list when my daughter comes home from college next month! That, and the Hunger Games :) Glad you didn't hate it!

  2. I dragged my hubby to it. He ate popcorn and drank the entire drink. I cried all the way through it. Light hearted, silly romantic chick flick. I have to give my hubby points for going with me.

  3. my daughters and I watched this together- and I was also pleasantly surprised that it wasn't the 'usual' sappy movie- it was actually quite the sense things did NOT work out just because he tried to 'rebuild' the romance- and it had to wait for time to run its healing powers.

    My girls and I actually had a great laugh about the part where they go into the water and he lifts her up with one arm-- my daughter who is almost 7 mths pregnant was saying, "boy I'd like to see my hubby do that" and we just couldn't stop laughing- kind took the 'romance' out of the moment and made it just a FUN movie!!

    I want to hear about the weather on the day you saw the movie- but get better first before you try to do that post!