Dear John

  • 12
  • Lasse Hallström (2010)
  • US
  • 103 min
Dear John
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Lasse Hallström's deft direction turns the weepie bestseller by Nicholas Sparks (Message in a Bottle, The Notebook) into a timely and emotive depiction of two young people struggling to overcome the obstacles in the way of their love. Channing Tatum stars as John Tyree, an American soldier who falls for a beautiful, good-hearted student (Amanda Seyfried) while on leave. However, the course of true love does not run smoothly for the pair, so keep those hankies at the ready. Tatum and Seyfried are credible and wonderfully matched, while Richard Jenkins's portrayal of Tyree senior is heart-rending but realistic. It may be mawkish in places, but Dear John is genuinely sincere throughout the story's unpredictable twists and turns. Despite its flaws, this is a wonderfully filmed romance that will have even the toughest of guys dabbing away the tears.

Plot Summary

Romantic drama starring Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum. When soldier John Tyree returns to his home town on leave he meets college student Savannah Curtis and the pair embark on a whirlwind romance. But their relationship is tested when John extends his military service following the 9/11 attacks.

Cast and crew


John Tyree
Channing Tatum
Savannah Curtis
Amanda Seyfried
Tim Wheddon
Henry Thomas
Scott Porter
Mr Tyree
Richard Jenkins
D J Cotrona
Mr Curtis
David Andrews (2)
Captain Stone
Keith Robinson
Dan Rooney "Rooster"
Cullen Moss
Maxx Hennard
Alan, aged 14
Luke Benward


Lasse Hallström

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Violence and sex scenes.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 9 Apr 2010
Certificate 12
Technicolor Home Entertainment Services