The Vow

Rachel McAdams  Actor Channing Tatum  Actor Jessica Lange  Actor Sam Neill  Actor Wendy Crewson  Actor Scott Speedman  Actor

PG13

MPAA Rating: PG13
Contains:Brief Nudity,Sexual Situations,Mild Language

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The Vow

Theatrical Release Date: 2012 02 10 (USA)

UPC: 043396398177

Studio: Sony Pictures

MPAA Rating: PG13   Contains:[Brief Nudity, Sexual Situations, Mild Language]

Summary: A husband endeavors to win back his new bride's heart after she loses her memory in a tragic car accident in this romantic drama starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Category: Drama

Features: Deleted Scenes
Gag Reel
Director's Commentary

The Vow

Format: DVD

Release Date: 05/08/2012

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 2.40:1

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1

Runtime: 104 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French,Spanish

Subtitles: English,French,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- Vow
1. Scene 1 [5:51]
2. Scene 2 [6:36]
3. Scene 3 [6:41]
4. Scene 4 [4:53]
5. Scene 5 [6:12]
6. Scene 6 [5:39]
7. Scene 7 [4:15]
8. Scene 8 [6:19]
9. Scene 9 [5:45]
10. Scene 10 [7:12]
11. Scene 11 [5:46]
12. Scene 12 [6:40]
13. Scene 13 [8:39]
14. Scene 14 [8:23]
15. Scene 15 [5:11]
16. Scene 16 [9:39]

Alaina O'Connor

The Vow is the story of an urban hipster couple, sculptor Paige (Rachel McAdams) and music producer Leo (Channing Tatum), dealing with the trauma of memory loss as the result of a serious car accident, and how said memory loss affects their relationships with each other and the people around them. The film was directed by Michael Sucsy and loosely based on a real-life couple, Kim and Krickitt Carpenter -- wife Krickitt never fully regained her memory, but the couple are still married and have two children. The premise is promising and surpasses the usual formula of boy-meets-girl with its surprising restraint and heartfelt moments.

McAdams shines as a woman trying to recognize herself in the wake of a disorienting experience, and Tatum puts aside his macho persona and gives an impressively heartbreaking performance as a genuinely nice guy who tries to win back his true love. The film does have its weaknesses, like the fact that the only years Paige forgets as a result of her injury are the ones she spent with Leo, and there are a few too many cheesy exchanges, but as far as romantic comedies are concerned, The Vow manages to reach a certain level of emotional depth that is rarely achieved in the genre.

The story centers on a young couple whose relationship is put to the test when a car accident seriously injures Paige and leaves her in a coma. When she wakes up with severe memory loss, she doesn't remember Leo and, despite his efforts to make her fall in love with him again, she doesn't recover her feelings for him. To complicate things further, Paige believes that she is close to her estranged parents (Sam Neill and Jessica Lange) and that she is still in love with her ex-fiancé Jeremy (Scott Speedman). Although Leo's friends and family advise him to move on with his life, he decides to fight to win back Paige's heart.

Initially, the story is intriguing and touches on the capacity of the human memory to be both fascinating and horrifying. It also builds to a climax that's very romantic and moving, yet the film is a little lopsided in the sense that the story is largely told from Leo's point of view, while it downplays what Paige is going through. Her tragedy is the more interesting aspect of the movie, but screenwriters Abby Kohn, Mark Silverstein, and Jason Katims displace the human-interest potential with a gooey rom-com sensibility.

Still, this syrupy romance will appeal to the legions of Rachel McAdams fans who loved her in The Notebook, as well as fans of Channing Tatum who loved him in Dear John, which makes them both graduates of the Nicholas Sparks school of romantic comedies. ~ Alaina O'Connor, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Gary Barber  Producer 
Roger Birnbaum  Producer 
Rachel Portman  Composer (Music Score) 
Jonathan Glickman  Producer 
Michael Brook  Composer (Music Score) 
Jason Katims  Screenwriter 
Abby Kohn  Screenwriter 
Marc Silverstein  Screenwriter 
Paul Taublieb  Producer 
J. Miles Dale  Executive Producer 
Michael Sucsy  Director 
Susan Cooper  Executive Producer 
Austin Hearst  Executive Producer 
Rachel McAdams  Actor 
Channing Tatum  Actor 
Jessica Lange  Actor 
Sam Neill  Actor 
Wendy Crewson  Actor 
Tatiana Maslany  Actor 
Lucas Bryant  Actor 
Scott Speedman  Actor 
Joey Klein  Actor 
Joe Cobden  Actor 
Jeananne Goossen  Actor 
Dillon Casey  Actor 
Shannon Barnett  Actor 
Lindsay Ames  Actor 
Kristina Pesic  Actor 
Brittney Irvin  Actor 
Sarah Carter  Actor 
Angela Vint  Actor 
Rachel Skarsten  Actor 
Bill Turnbull  Actor 
Dharini Woollcombe  Actor 
Rosalba Martinni  Actor 
Jeff Authors  Actor 
Roland Rothchild  Actor 
Jonathan Psaila  Actor 

Country: USA