“The Vow” makes us swoon

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Based on the true story of Kim and Krickett Carpenter after Kim woke up from a coma with no recollection of her husband, “The Vow” follows a similar story of Paige and Leo.

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Shannon Galvin, Staff Writer

For the lucky people who have found love in their lives, sometimes finding the perfect date night activity can be too much responsibility for one person to handle. Might I ease the burden with a simple suggestion: “The Vow.” It’s romantic, gushy, and the perfect movie choice for a date night with your significant other.

If it were any other time of year, “The Vow” would be a less successful version of “The Notebook,” which coincidentally Rachel McAdams starred in as well, but “The Vow,” the perfect example of love surpassing the challenges of life, came into theaters right around the most romantic and love-crazy time of the year: Valentine’s Day.

But “The Vow” isn’t limited to the infamous Valentine’s Day. With an all-star cast like Rachel McAdams (“The Notebook,” “Mean Girls,” “The Family Stone”), Channing Tatum (“Dear John” and “She’s the Man”) and plenty of other talented actors not yet known to the big screen, the high level of acting talent makes “The Vow” a must-see for any occasion.

Based on the true story of Kim and Krickett Carpenter after Kim woke up from a coma with no recollection of her husband, “The Vow” follows a similar story of Paige and Leo. Paige, an artist, and Leo, a music producer, are returning from a late night movie in Chicago and are hit by a semi-truck from behind while stopped at an intersection, sending Paige through the windshield.

Though the trailers would classify “The Vow” as a romance movie, the very rare bits of actual romance are all shown in flashbacks, so describing it as a drama would be more appropriate. When Paige wakes up, the last five years have been erased from her mind, including her memories of her marriage to Leo.

As the movie progresses, Leo tries to remind Paige of the love they had and the life they shared, but her parents also want her to return to law school and rekindle the relationship with her boring ex-fiance. Leo attempts to show Paige how happy she is through art, but Paige has forgotten her creative skills that she discovered through meeting Leo. Though Leo tries his hardest to win back Paige, she ends up leaving him with a broken heart and moving back in with her parents.

Though the movie cannot be properly described as simply a romance movie, “The Vow” is, in fact, a stunning drama with it’s own unique twists that set it apart from Nicholas Spark’s tear-jerkers like “The Notebook” and “The Last Song.”