The Best of Me

The Best of Me

Michael Hoffman (2014)

12A Certificate


Our Score
This adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel follows the reunion of two childhood sweethearts (James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan) at a friend's funeral. Through flashbacks we see the events of the past that tore them apart. The film follows the Sparks-adaptation formula (forbidden love, small town drama, dying father figure) as it heads off in ludicrous directions. As the plot takes its third or fourth twist, it's clear that the script's only intention is to make as sad a film as possible, plausibility be damned. Matters aren't helped by Marsden and Monaghan, who have none of the chemistry of their younger screen selves, Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato, and instead spend much of the film looking sad and resentful. Cynical and lazy, The Best of Me feels as if it's assembled from parts of other better weepies.


Two people who were a couple during their high-school years are reunited 20 years later when they return home to attend a friend's funeral. They decide to resume their relationship, but soon discover that the issues that drove them apart as teenagers still linger in their adult lives. Romantic drama based on Nicholas Sparks' novel, with Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden.

Cast & Crew

Dawson Cole James Marsden
Amanda Collier Michelle Monaghan
Young Amanda Liana Liberato
Young Dawson Luke Bracey
Tuck Gerald McRaney
Harvey Collier Jon Tenney
April Schuyler Fisk
Frank Reynolds Sebatian Arcelus
Jared Ian Nelson
Director Michael Hoffman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: Violence, swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 17 Oct 2014