By Jonathan Foreman, April 15, 2010
Once-celebrated director Lasse Hallström has been on a downward slide for years, making ever more shlocky films. However, his Dear John was a surprise hit in America earlier this year. The film is based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks, his fifth book to be adapted for the screen. It includes the usual elements: passion, sacrifice, untimely death, and the chance at redemption. John (hunky Channing Tatum) is a young green beret meets Savannah, the daughter of a wealthy family. She is played by Amanda Seyfried, star of Mamma Mia and Hollywood's current "it" girl. Over two weeks they fall in love.