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The Choice

The Choice
Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace, Alexandra Daddario, Tom Welling, Tom Wilkinson

Rated: PG-13 for sexual content and some thematic issues.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: February 5, 2016 Released by: Lions Gate Films

Based on best selling author Nicholas Sparks' 2007 novel, this latest romantic/drama stars Ben Walker (In The Heart Of The Sea and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) as Travis Shaw and Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four) as Gabby Holland.
The 11th of Sparks' books to be adapted to screen, this is not of the caliber of his iconic, popular The Notebook, but like that film, the two actors have a great deal to do with the overall appeal of the story.
Set in North Carolina, Travis is an easy-going, handsome veterinarian, who works in a small animal hospital run by his father (Tom Wilkinson).  He lives in a great house on the shore, has a lot of friends, fishes from his boat and has an ex-girlfriend who wanders in and out of his life.  What he doesn't have, is someone to love and settle down with.
Gabby is a med student who rents the house next door.  She's a serious young woman who's bothered by Travis' loud music, and when she goes over to complain, you just know these two are going to get together.  She's engaged to a doctor (Tom Welling), but she falls in love with Travis when her fiancé goes away for a few weeks to work at another hospital.
The first half of the film is devoted to their romance, and the script takes its time building their relationship.  The actors are very charismatic and easy to watch. 
The second half takes a turn to drama, but because the characters are so like-able, you get involved and care about what happens to them.
Directed by Ross Katz, the film has beautiful scenery, romance and turmoil - in fact, everything you want in a Sparks' film treatment. 

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