Reckless teenager and king of cool, Landon Carter (Shane West) gets caught after a prank with his buddies goes wrong, and is sentenced to school community activities. His punishment, tutoring underprivileged students and taking part in the Drama Club Spring musical, thrusts him into close contact with Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore), the quiet and plain daughter of the local preacher (Peter Coyote). Finding himself out of his depth in both activities, Landon turns to Jamie for advice, which develops into a budding romance. Much to the distaste of Landon\'s friends and Jamie\'s father the two form a strong bond, with Landon catching Jamie\'s zest for life. Jamie is harbouring a secret however, one that will test their new love, and make Landon\'s re-evaluate everything that is important to him.
 

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Shamelessly manipulative film and yet the performances are pleasing and believable.

The unlikely romance between Landon, Shane West, the coolest guy in Beaufort High School and Jamie, Mandy Moore, nerdy but self-possessed daughter of the local Baptist minister, Peter Coyote, begins when Landon, as punishment for an irresponsible act that causes physical damage to another student, is ordered by the headmaster to take part in community service and to sign up for the school play. Jamie is also in the play. Landon and his mates make fun of Jamie?s seriousness and her fashion sense but when he needs to learn his lines she?s the one he turns to for help. Of course he snubs her in front of his friends, but when she snubs back in private he?s devastated. Much against the wishes of her father and to the amazement of his friends Landon and Jamie are drawn to one another. There?s a strangely old-fashioned feel to this very wholesome film which has been updated to the present from the 1950?s setting of Nicholas Sparks? novel on which it?s based. It?s terribly predictable at just about every turn, it?s shamelessly manipulative and yet the performances are pleasing and believable, despite Daryl Hannah looking ever so frumpish as Landon?s single mother. A Walk to Remember tends towards the mawkish, particularly in the second half, but director Adam Shankman presents his story of love, faith and redemption in a simple, untaxing way. It?s the sort of film that Christian churches would want to show young parishioners. Whether other teens flock to this is to be seen.

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