The Vow (2012): 4/5

The Vow was one of my most anticipated films of the year for two reasons: I love Rachel McAdams, and I have an unabashed love for romantic comedies.

McAdams portrays spunky artist Paige who, after a snowy car accident, can no longer remember the past five years of her life — including the fact that she is married to a man named Leo (Channing Tatum).

Paige and Leo, a ‘based on true events’ couple who become ill-fated by memory loss (photo via

As expected, McAdams is fantastic. I’ve never seen an ineffective performance from her — not even in such light, teenage-oriented fare as The Hot Chick. No matter how terrible the movie is, she always pulls through and gives a solid performance.

Luckily, her performance wasn’t the only good thing about this film. Channing Tatum, who I usually don’t care for in the least, was much more effective than usual.

I usually find him to be very stale, but here he actually succeeds is drawing emotion from the reader. He completely wins the audience over with his tears and lonely puppy-dog expressions as his character struggles with his wife’s plight.

The character itself is a kind, funny and charming man — the kind of man that most female audience members would want to date. It was a great move on the part of the screenwriters to make him so nice, especially given the typical audience for romantic comedies.

The plot itself is semi-predictable, as most rom-coms are. However, it was much less cheesy than expected, and there were a few little surprises thrown in. No corny cliff in sight here!

Overall, The Vow is a sad and sentimental but very enjoyable romantic-dramatic-comedy. It’s got a few laughs and more than a few tears (though I didn’t shed any myself). If you’re not typically into romantic films, skip this one; if you’re like me and have a soft spot for cute movies, the film is currently available for DVD delivery from Netflix, or you can find a copy on DVD or blu-ray at your local Redbox.