Nights in Rodanthe movie review: Adrienne Willis (Diane Lane), a woman with her life in chaos, retreats to the tiny coastal town of Rodanthe, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to tend to a friend's inn for the weekend. Here she hopes to find the tranquility she so desperately needs to rethink the conflicts surrounding her—a wayward husband who has asked to come home, and a teenaged daughter who resents her every decision. Almost as soon as Adrienne gets to Rodanthe, a major storm is forecast and Dr. Paul Flanner (Richard Gere) arrives. The only guest at the inn, Flanner is not on a weekend escape but rather is there to face his own crisis of conscience. Now, with the storm closing in, the two turn to each other for comfort and, in one magical weekend, set in motion a life-changing romance that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives.
Big question: Will the latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, which re-teams Unfaithful co-stars Lane and Gere, be beloved like The Notebook or just immensely, unconvincingly sappy like A Walk to Remember?
Skip it: Until movie theaters offer the same comforting, carefree mindset as sand and surf, beach reading won't truly translate to the big screen. Rodanthe offers not a grain of imagination or surprise, just a familiar, melodramatic tragi-fantasy that, at least, resists cuing the strings and pumping up the tear-jerking too often.
Catch it: To see the pair discuss that, even if you're preparing for a hurricane, there's just no excuse to have lard and succotash stored away in the pantry. Though it's a decent way to fight off hunger in desperate (or non-desperate) times.
Bottom line: There's something to be said about a well-acted demonstration of real love that's soapy but true and certainly preferable to the sticky stuff in most other pre-packaged, insincere romances these days. Now it's time for movie studios to trust audiences will want more than the most obvious, blatant and far-fetched developments in their love stories, and give us a tale that really means something off the page and screen.
Box Office: The film opened at #2 at the North American Box office making $13,418,454 in its opening weekend behind Eagle Eye.Nights in Rodanthe grossed $84,375,061 worldwide.