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Parents' Guide to

The Choice

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Womanizer trades up for true love in Nicholas Sparks weepie.

Movie PG-13 2016 111 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 14+

Gabby was good but...

Formulaic, tear jerker, but casting for the guy was a total miss for me and my daughter. The story wasn't his best. We had fun watching together. She was a bit surprised it was pg-13. Seemed more 14 plus material.
age 18+

A tearjerker

I personally loved it and watched it twice right away!!!! I love a good romance and both characters played their parts to a tee!!!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Based on Nicholas Sparks' same-named novel, this is a formulaic, cliched tearjerker. It blends chaotic direction by Ross Katz, a star in over her head, and a poorly structured script full of obvious foreshadowing and words of wisdom that aren't terribly wise. "Most precautions aren't necessary. That's why we call 'em precautions." Huh? Or, "Life just keeps unfolding. If you sit still, it will pass you by." And, best of all: "A man with one chair likes to sit alone."

Without getting too far into spoiler territory, the ending reveals one element of foreshadowing that should have been highlighted more emphatically early in the script but wasn't. The one standout is Walker's performance as Travis; the actor miraculously brings depth to nearly inutterable dialogue -- and reality to a story that would otherwise fit best into the cookie-cutter mold of a Lifetime Channel triviality.

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