Parents' Guide to

Nights in Rodanthe

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Weepy romance is tame but may not interest teens.

Movie PG-13 2008 98 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

It’s pretty “meh.”

I just didn’t care about these people. Thin backstories are provided to give them depth and complexity, and to thrust them into conflict, so they can fight and fall in love. But I didn’t care, because I didn’t like them. Maybe because the dialogue felt too much like...well, bad movie dialogue. There isn’t anything offensive as far as language goes, and there are no explicit sex scenes, but there are “mature” themes like divorce, infidelity, and death that are poorly explored. Also, call me a cynic, but I didn’t buy the syrupy letters they wrote back and forth. Actual letters. In the U.S. Mail. Bored. Just...bored. But my 13 year-old girl watched it and didn’t hate it, so...there you go.

Is It Any Good?

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This is a by-the-book tearjerker in which Lane and Gere, who previously co-starred in the outstanding Unfaithful, do the best they can with thin material. The movie feels more like an outline than a fully realized drawing, and it forces the pair too quickly into a swoon-fest of a romance.

Ultimately, even though it asks some interesting questions -- What does it mean to find your soul mate when you think you're way past the typical soul mate stage? What do we owe our kids? -- NIGHTS IN RODANTHE (based on the same-named book by Nicholas Sparks) inevitably suffers from a lack of ambition. Thank goodness for the lead actors, who gamely give it their all. (No one cries better than Lane.) And, what do you know? They almost succeed. When the movie's twist ending kicks in, it actually cuts near to the bone.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 25, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: February 10, 2009
  • Cast: Diane Lane , James Franco , Richard Gere
  • Director: George C. Wolfe
  • Inclusion Information: Gay directors, Black directors, Female actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 98 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some sensuality.
  • Last updated: March 31, 2022

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