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Movie Review: Don't write 'Safe Haven' off

02/27/2013

Before I say anything about “Safe Haven,” allow me to take a moment to address the guys who are reading this, thinking about skipping over to the sports section. This article is directed at you.

Most girls have either already seen this movie, or have decided that they are going to. You, on the other hand, have most likely written this movie off as a “Chick Flick.” Therefore, you will never watch it, especially if you’re single.

Now, if you are in a relationship, you feel like you have to choose between your girl friend’s happiness and your own. Well, fear not, I am here to make that choice easier for you.

The problem that most guys see with this movie is that it is a chick flick, but it actually isn’t.  Most chick flicks have this giant, romantic love story—think “The Notebook” or “The Vow.”

“Safe Haven” was portrayed in previews as a flick of the chick variety because the production company was releasing it on February 14th, and they wanted a good turnout. This is just my opinion though.

While there is a love story in this movie, it isn’t the central theme of the story. Our main character, played by Julianne Huff , is running from something. She finds a small town and starts to settle there. Meanwhile, her past tries to catch up with her.

Honestly, there was a lot to love about this movie. The acting and writing were both superb. I went into this movie expecting a total romance fest but was pleasantly surprised at the result.

The only problem I had with the movie was how the main character’s past found her.  I thought it was a little unrealistic, but I can’t think of another way it could have found her.

All in all, I give “Safe Haven” four out of five stars.  Guys in a relationship, I would highly suggest you take your special lady to see this movie. Valentine’s Day was two weeks ago and it’s long overdue.

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