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2/11/2010 Orlando Sentinel: Dear John
By Roger Moore
An Army Ranger (Channing Tatum) and the girl he loves (Amanda Seyfried) find their romance disrupted by 9/11, leaving them with little to go on but the promises they've made to each other and the letters they write. Based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, the film sticks close to the Sparks formula, which calls for lots of Southern beach scenes, slow-paced romance, longing and loss. The film is as pretty as a Carolina coast postcard and as warm as a New England beach in February. Rated PG-13; sensuality, violence. 1 hour, 45 minutes.