Safe Haven

Theatrical Release: February 14, 2013
Safe Haven


An affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman’s struggle to find love again after she arrives in a small North Carolina town. Her reluctance to join the tight-knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller.

Dove Review

This film has two speeds, slow and fast. The beginning is slow and takes a while in establishing the main plot. The ending is full of action and leads to a crescendo before finally settling down again at the very end. The two leads, Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel, are likable as Katie and Alex. Katie is fleeing police and arrives in a small fishing village in North Carolina. She lands a job as a waitress and rents an old house in the woods. She is a bit of a recluse until a neighbor named Jo befriends her. She also makes acquaintances at the local general store where she meets Alex, a widower, and his two children.

She has a flashback of a man being stabbed and we slowly learn what happened, why she is fleeing the police and this leads to more revelations, including a bit of a ghostly one. Despite the nice cinematography, of the sea gulls and bridge at dusk, and the hope the movie offers by film’s end, it contains a sexual relationship between a single man and married woman, as well as strong language. For these reasons we are unable to award the film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: A sexual relationship between a single man and married woman; kissing.
Language: GD-1; For C*rist's sake-2; For G*d's sake-1; G/OMG-4; D-1; S-1; BS-2; H-2; Crap-1
Violence: A man physically abuses a woman and she stabs him with a knife and some blood is seen; man punches woman; man starts a fire and a house burns; gun held on woman; guns goes off and a character is killed.
Drugs: Drinking in a few scenes; a man puts vodka in a water bottle; man is drunk and man drives while drinking; wine; drinks seen at a restaurant on the table.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless man; woman in shorts; characters in swim wear and woman in bikini; woman's bare shoulders.
Other: A man is abusive to his wife; a widower deals with the loss of his wife; a ghostly being shows up.


Company: Relativity Media
Writer: Leslie Bohem & Dana Stevens
Producer: Marty Bowen
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 115 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter