Dear John

Theatrical Release: February 5, 2010
Dear John


Directed by Lasse Hallström and based on the novel by best-selling author Nicholas Sparks, DEAR JOHN tells the story of John Tyree (Channing Tatum), a young soldier home on leave, and Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried), the idealistic college student he falls in love with during her spring vacation. Over the next seven tumultuous years, the couple is separated by John’s increasingly dangerous deployments. While meeting only sporadically, they stay in touch by sending a continuous stream of love letters overseas–correspondence that eventually triggers fateful consequences.

Dove Review

The title of this film obviously gives it away that a certain letter will be mailed to the main male character in the story and he happens to be named John, played by actor Channing Tatum. The story delves into some interesting themes including John’s relationship with his father and how John’s girlfriend, played by Amanda Seyfried, recognizes the symptoms of his father Bill’s autism. In addition, their relationship takes some interesting twists and turns and does not necessarily end as some viewers might think, based on the title of the film.

Regrettably, there is some strong language uttered in the movie in addition to a scene which involves two characters having sex outside of marriage so we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this film.

Content Description

Sex: Passionate kissing; an unmarried couple have sex; a woman straddles a man while they kiss but they are full clothed.
Language: GD-1; J-2; G-1; H-3; S-2; D-1; SOB-1; A-1; Frickin-1
Violence: A man punches some other guys; shooting in war and a couple of people are hit with some blood but it is not gratuitous.
Drugs: Drinking of beer and wine.
Nudity: Woman wears very short skirt and dress; shirtless men; woman in bikini; woman's back and side of breast seen.
Other: A couple of characters die; grief; a couple of characters deal with autism.


Company: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Writer: Jamie Linden & Nicholas Sparks
Producer: Marty Bowen
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 105 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter