A Lot or a Little?
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Friends are quite supportive of one another. Parents seem genuinely concerned about their children.
Positive Role Models
Two people nurse each other back to emotional health; some allusions to infidelity, though no trysts are shown.
Violence & Scariness
A storm cuts a violent swath through the town of Rodanthe. Couples fight heatedly. A man kicks a car out of anger and lurks menacingly.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple falls into bed together; only their faces are shown. They're also seen lolling about under the covers, with shoulders bared.
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One use of "s--t"; otherwise, "son of a bitch," "hell," and "ass" are about as salty as it gets.
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Products & Purchases
Not too many products, though the movie could serve as a tourism reel for the Outer Banks.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Two adults drink heavily in one scene; some additional social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that -- in terms of swearing, sexuality, violence, and commercialism -- there's hardly any age-inappropriate content in this romantic (if cliched) drama based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks. That said, it may not interest a lot of young since since it deals with mature subjects like infidelity, divorce, and death (albeit with plenty of empathy). Adult characters drink heavily in one scene. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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