The Vow (2012 film)

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The Vow
A man and woman embracing, side view.
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Sucsy
Produced by Roger Birnbaum
Gary Barber
Jonathan Glickman
Paul Taublieb
Screenplay by Abby Kohn
Marc Silverstein
Jason Katims
Story by Stuart Spalzata
Ronnie Arkatoniatis
Starring Channing Tatum
Rachel McAdams
Sam Neill
Scott Speedman
Jessica McNamee
Wendy Crewson
Jessica Lange
Music by Rachel Portman
Michael Brook
Cinematography Rogier Stoffers
Edited by Nancy Richardson
Melissa Kent
Production
company
Distributed by Screen Gems
Release dates
  • February 10, 2012 (2012-02-10)
Running time 104 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million[1]
Box office $196,114,570[1]

The Vow is a 2012 romantic drama film directed by Michael Sucsy, starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams.[2] The film is inspired by the true story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter.[3] The Vow was a box office success, becoming the seventh highest-grossing romantic drama film of all time. This was Spyglass Entertainment's last film before MGM took over.

Background[edit]

The Vow is based on the actual relationship of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, who wrote a book about their marriage, also known as The Vow.[3] Ten weeks after their wedding on 18 September 1993, the couple were involved in a serious car accident. Krickitt suffered a brain trauma, which erased all memories of her romance with Kim as well as their marriage.[3] Kim was still deeply in love with his wife, although she viewed him as a stranger after the accident.[3]

Plot[edit]

Paige Collins (Rachel McAdams) and her husband Leo (Channing Tatum) come out of a movie theater. On their way home, at a stop sign, Paige unbuckles her seatbelt to lean over and kiss Leo. At that very moment, a truck rams their car from behind and Paige crashes through the windshield. Both of them are rushed to the emergency room, and as Leo, in a voice-over talks about how "moments of impact help in finding who we are" the movie cuts to how Paige and Leo first met. The scenes of how they courted, proposed and married at the Art Institute of Chicago and share a kiss under the Cloud Gate are interwoven with the present.

When Paige regains consciousness, she thinks Leo is her doctor, having lost all memories of the past few years. When her parents, Bill and Rita Thornton, learn about this and visit her, it is the first time that Leo meets them, and they are not happy about Leo taking their daughter, and not telling them about it. Paige does not understand why he would not have met her parents, having been married, and finds it even stranger that he did not know why either, nor did she understand why she left law school, broke her engagement with her previous fiancé, Jeremy, and why she has not been in touch with her family and friends. Her parents insist on taking her home with them and Paige agrees, assuming she might have married Leo for some mutual benefit and seeks evidence for the marriage. Just as she's about to leave, Leo comes running to play her a voice message in which she sounds very happy and romantic. Paige decides to go back with Leo, hoping it will help her regain her lost memory. Paige is welcomed home with a surprise party by her friends, but as she is not able to remember any of them, she finds it overwhelming and bursts out in anger.

The next day Paige ventures out to her regular cafe but does not remember having been there and loses her way back. She calls her mother because she does not know or remember Leo's number. That evening Leo and Paige are invited for dinner by her parents. At the dinner and in the bar later, Leo does not fit in with her family and friends. He persists in his attempts to help her regain her lost memory, but Paige is more driven to learning why she left law school and broke her engagement to Jeremy. During the course of one encounter with Jeremy, she kisses him. Her doctor advises her to fill the holes in her memory rather than be afraid of her past. With her sister Gwen's wedding approaching, Paige decides to stay with her parents until the wedding. Though Leo asks her out on a date and spends a night with her, the relationship is further strained when Paige's dad tries to persuade Leo to divorce his daughter, and by Leo punching Jeremy for talking about chances to bed his wife.

Paige rejoins law school and Leo signs divorce papers. At a store, she meets her old friend Diane (Sarah Carter) who, unaware of her amnesia, apologizes for having had a relationship with Paige's dad, thus alerting Paige as to why she had left her family. When she confronts her mother about this, Rita tells her that she decided to stay with Bill for all the things he had done right instead of leaving him for one wrong act. Paige then asks Leo why he never told her, and he replies he wanted to earn her love instead of driving her away from her parents. Paige, while in class, starts sketching; thus depicting why she first left law school. She continues her interest in art, eventually returning to sculpting and drawing. Though Jeremy confesses he broke up with his present girlfriend, hoping to be back with her, she turns him down stating she needs to know what life would be like without him.

As seasons change, Leo discusses his philosophy about "Moments of impact." "A moment of impact whose potential for change has ripple effects far beyond what we can predict. Sending some pictures crashing together, making them closer than before. While sending others, spinning off into great ventures, landing where you never thought you’d find them..." Back in her room, Paige finds the menu card on which she had written her wedding vows and is deeply moved. The movie ends with Paige finding Leo at their regular Cafe Mnemonic and going with him to try a new place instead of their regular alternatives.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum's casting was announced by Variety in June 2010. Filming took place from August until November 2010 in Toronto and Chicago.[6]

Music[edit]

The Vow: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released February 7, 2012
Recorded 2011
Genre Soundtrack
Label Rhino Records

The soundtrack was released on February 7, 2012, through Rhino Records.[7] The film score, written and composed by Rachel Portman and Michael Brooks, was released digitally on a separate album on February 7, 2012 through Madison Gate Records.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)"   Meat Loaf 5:23
2. "Specks"   Matt Pond PA 3:49
3. "Leaving on the 5th"   Voxhaul Broadcast 3:41
4. "This Too Shall Pass"   OK Go 3:08
5. "Get Some"   Lykke Li 3:22
6. "Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly)"   Phosphorescent 4:49
7. "Come On, Come On" (Dean & Britta Remix) Scott Hardkiss feat. Britta Phillips & Dean Wareham 7:35
8. "Play My Way"   Maya von Doll 3:21
9. "Problems of Our Own"   Light FM 3:12
10. "Neon Blue"   Still Life Still 3:20
11. "Pictures of You"   The Cure 7:28

The digital version of the soundtrack also contains "England" by The National.[9]

Release[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The film received negative reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 29% based on 124 reviews, with an average rating of 4.9/10.[10] At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 44, based on 23 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".[11]

Emma Dibdin from Total Film gave the film a three stars rating out of five, commenting, "there’s an essential sweetness at work here, thanks partly to McAdams and partly to an unusually chaste love story that ultimately keeps melodrama at bay."[12] Empire critic Helen O'Hara gave the film a three stars rating out of five, also. She found McAdams "excellent" and Tatum "surprisingly heartbreaking" and concluded "The few weaknesses in the plot can be overlooked as The Vow makes for a wonderful – if a bit teary – romance that is brilliantly acted."[13] The Washington Post '​s Stephanie Merry wrote "It's a shame things are so black and white, because the movie has more promise – and more laughs – than trailers suggest". She added "Tatum, while a bit deficient in the dramatic acting department, delivers some memorable quips. He and McAdams also have chemistry."[14]

Giving the film a 2.5 stars out of 4, Roger Ebert from the Chicago Sun-Times found it, "pleasant enough as a date movie, but that's all."[15] USA Today wrote that "It may appeal to the most rabid fans of tearjerk romances like The Notebook, but it's a hard-to-swallow, maudlin tale."[16] Betsy Sharkey, film critic from the Los Angeles Times wrote, "Despite the sweet story, this is a movie that leaves you wanting more. To care more, to cry more, to love more."[17] ReelViews' James Berardinelli was very negative about the film. He wrote, "with its would-be crowd-pleasing contrivances and rote adherence to formula, [this film] offers almost no redeeming characteristics. [...] This is for young women what Transformers is for young men. He concluded describing the film as a "heartless, soulless product".[18]

Box office[edit]

The Vow debuted at #1 with strong results on its opening weekend, with US$15.4 million on opening day and US$41.2 million over the weekend.[19] On the 2012 Valentine's Day the film grossed US$11.6 million, breaking Hitch '​s record US$7.5 million for the highest-grossing mid-week Valentine’s Day.[20] It also earned around US$9.7 million internationally this weekend.

On the weekend lasting from February 24–26, The Vow became the first film of 2012 in North America to cross the US$100 million mark, and the third film to cross the US$100 million mark worldwide behind Underworld: Awakening and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.[21] The film grossed $125,014,030 in North America and $71,100,540 in other countries for a worldwide total of $196,114,570.[1] It is the sixth highest-grossing romantic drama film of all time.[22]

Accolades[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Award Category Recipient(s) Result
BMI Film & TV Awards[23] Film Music Award Rachel Portman Won
Golden Trailer Awards[24] Best Romance Nominated
Best Romance TV Spot "Forever" Won
MTV Movie Awards[25] Best Male Performance Channing Tatum Nominated
Best Kiss Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum Nominated
Teen Choice Awards[26] Choice Movie: Drama Nominated
Choice Movie Actor: Drama Channing Tatum Nominated
Choice Movie Actress: Drama Rachel McAdams Nominated
People's Choice Awards[27] Favorite Dramatic Movie Nominated
Favorite Movie Actor Channing Tatum (also for Magic Mike and 21 Jump Street) Nominated
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor Channing Tatum (also for Magic Mike) Nominated
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress Rachel McAdams Nominated

Home media[edit]

The DVD and Blu-ray Disc were released on May 8, 2012 with a rating of PG-13.[28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Harley W. Lond (2010-06-18). "Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum Team on 'The Vow'". The Moviefone Blog. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
  3. ^ a b c d Kathy L. Gilbert (February 13, 2012). "The Vow: A real love story of faith". 
  4. ^ a b "Jessica Lange and Sam Neill Join The Vow". HollywoodTrailers.net. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
  5. ^ "Jessica McNamee Joins Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum in 'The Vow'". FilmoFilia.com. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (June 17, 2010). "McAdams, Tatum promised 'Vow'". Variety. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (January 27, 2012). "'The Vow' Soundtrack Features The National, Lykke Li, OK Go, The Cure & More". IndieWire. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ "'The Vow' Score Album Announced". Film Music Reporter. February 5, 2012. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ iTunes – Music – The Vow (Music from the Motion Picture) by Various Artists
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  11. ^ "The Vow". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 11, 2012. 
  12. ^ Dibdin, Emma (January 7, 2012). "The Vow review". Total Film. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  13. ^ O'Hara, Helen. "Empire's The Vow Movie Review". Empire. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  14. ^ Merry, Stephanie (February 10, 2012). "Critic review for The Vow". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Reviews: The Vow". Chicago Sun-Times. February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  16. ^ Pig, Claudia (February 10, 2012). "'The Vow': You'll swear you've seen this before". USA Today. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  17. ^ Sharkey, Betsy (February 10, 2012). "'The Vow' leaves you wanting more". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  18. ^ Berardinelli, James (February 9, 2012). "The Vow". ReelViews. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Weekend Report: Moviegoers Say “I Do” to ‘The Vow,’ Check In to ‘Safe House’". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
  20. ^ "'The Vow' earns $11.6 million on Valentine's Day". InsideMovies. EW.com. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  21. ^ Weekend Report: 'Act of Valor' Gets SEAL of Approval
  22. ^ "Romantic Drama Movies at the Box Office". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  23. ^ Gallo, Phil (May 17, 2012). "Receives Career Achievement Honor at BMI Film and TV Awards". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  24. ^ "The 13th Annual Golden Trailer Awards". Goldentrailer.com. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  25. ^ "'Hunger Games,' 'Bridesmaids' top MTV Movie Award nominees". Associated Press. EW.com. April 30, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Teen Choice Award Nominees 2012". The Huffington Post. AOL. May 18, 2012. Retrieved May 19, 2012. 
  27. ^ "People's Choice Awards 2013 Nominees". People's Choice Awards. Procter & Gamble. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  28. ^ "The Vow". Complete Season DVDs. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 

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