Put the wonderful actors Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum together and throw in a cute but tragic tale of love, and you have the tear-jerking film, The Vow.
When Leo (Tatum) and Paige (McAdams) get in a car accident, Paige wakes up with no memory of her husband and the past four years of her life. Paige is surprised to learn that her life has completely changed from what she last remembers, and finds her foreign husband, job and home too much to deal with. As Leo slowly tries to win her back, the audience feels for him and sees his frustrations in trying to get his wife to remember and love him once more. As Paige slowly slips away from him and favors the life she actually remembers, she returns home and learns why she became estranged from her family and broke off an engagement with her former fiance. While Paige attempts to make sense of the new life before her, the viewer travels with her and desperately hopes that she remembers the funny and charming Leo and the wonderful life they had together.
What is particularly amazing though, is that the film is based on a true story. The couple that The Vow was inspired by is currently together and happily married, with two kids in tow. While the acting in the film is beautiful, the story slowly drags along in some places and is ridiculously cheesy in others (but what else can you expect from actors that have been in epic love stories like The Notebook and Dear John?).
If you like the very sweet and cliche romantic dialogue and funny and adorable montages of the two falling in love, then this is the film for you. A small warning though: you will probably get teary-eyed multiple times during the movie. (Even the grown man next to me had a constant stream of tears rolling down his face!)
3 out of 5 stars