“A Walk to Remember,” reviewed by Jennifer Anne Messing.
Drama/Romance. Rated PG for thematic elements, language, and some sensual material. Recommended for family viewing, with teens ages 14 and up. Check your favorite movie rental stores or the public library for availability.
“A Walk to Remember” is a one-hour, forty-two minute, Warner Brothers Pictures 2002 release, in color, directed by Adam Shankman, starring Shane West, Mandy Moore, Peter Coyote, and Daryl Hannah. This movie is based on the bestselling novel with the same title by Nicholas Sparks.
“A Walk to Remember” tells the story of Landon Carter (Shane West), a popular boy in his senior year at Beaufort High, who gets into trouble after a practical joke between Landon and his friends leaves a boy in the hospital. As punishment, Landon is asked by the school principal to do community service, as well as participate in the high school’s spring play. The rehearsals for the spring play bring him into closer contact with a fellow student who is a preacher’s daughter, Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore)—a young lady who is sensible and intelligent, and whose self-confidence doesn’t depend on the opinions of others.
When Landon finds it difficult to memorize lines for the school play, though it’s the last thing he wants to do, he asks Jamie for help. Landon soon finds that his blossoming friendship with Jamie opens up a new world to him—a world of ideals, faith, hopes and dreams, hard work and determination. Landon even surprises himself when he finds that he is falling in love with Jaime, a girl who has never hung around with the popular group, and a girl whom his own friends have often ridiculed. Yet Landon cannot help but be drawn to Jaime’s lovely inner qualities like sincerity, kindness, and modesty—as well as to her quiet outward beauty, too.
I definitely recommend that parents view this movie with teens ages 14 and up only, because of some sensual content, and because of the profanity used in some scenes. Though this movie has many noble themes and a great lesson, its subject matter is not suited for kids under 14.
“A Walk to Remember” is to be praised for the wonderful way it introduces topics like faith, purity, respect for authority, and the pursuit of academic excellence to a generation of young people who are desperately searching for answers to their questions in a confusing world. One touching and noble moment in this movie occurs when Landon asks Jaime’s father, Reverend Sullivan (Peter Coyote), for permission to take Jaime out to dinner. Probably many teen boys today are not even aware of such protocol when dating a girl, but that scene modeled a good example for young men to follow.
Likewise, the way that Jaime kept Landon’s and her relationship pure by maintaining physical boundaries is an example that many teen girls today would be wise to emulate, for their own self-respect and so that they don’t end up in a situation with serious life-changing consequences such as pregnancy out of wedlock, or even the contracting of a sexually transmitted disease. Probably the most admirable theme of all presented in this movie is that true love is proven with a commitment, and willingness at times to give sacrificially to bring joy to the person we love.
“A Walk to Remember” also offers insightful perspective on the subject of love and loss. Is it painful to lose someone we have truly loved? Yes, indeed it is. Yet with eyes of faith we can see that having experienced both the giving and receiving of genuine love from a special person brings richness and depth into our lives.
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Portland residents can borrow “A Walk to Remember” (2002) on DVD, at the Multnomah County Library, tel. 503-988-5234.
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Author, poet, speaker and singer Jennifer Anne F. Messing of Portland, Oregon, is a wife, and mother of three children. She has a bachelor’s degree in Christian Education and a diploma in Journalism and Short Story Writing. A past president of the Oregon Christian Writers, Jennifer Anne has over 180 articles, movie reviews, and poems published in 60 magazines and books including “The Christian Journal,” “Evangel,” “LIVE,” “Bible Advocate,” “Christian Fiction Online” and “Nudges from God.” Her poetry gift book, “MORNING’S PROMISE: Poetic Moments in His Presence” is now available in trade paperback. CLICK HERE TO ORDER, or find more information on her website: www.JenniferAnneMessing.com.
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