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The Choice

MPAA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPAA) for sexual content and some thematic issues.
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Primary Audience:
Adults Older Teens
Romance Drama Adaptation
1 hr. 51 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
February 5, 2016 (wide—2,600+ theaters)
DVD: May 3, 2016
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Featuring: Alexandra Daddario … Monica
Teresa Palmer … Gabby Holland
Benjamin Walker … Travis Parker
Maggie GraceStephanie Parker
Tom Welling … Dr. Ryan McCarthy
Tom WilkinsonDr. Shep
Noree Victoria … Liz
Rochelle Aycoth … Doctor
Brad James … Ben
Niki Davis … Shelly Ballard
Brett Rice … Dr. McCarthy
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Director: Ross Katz
Producer: Nicholas Sparks Productions
The Safran Company
Distributor: Lionsgate

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “When feisty medical student Gabby Holland moves in next door to perennial ladies’ man Travis Shaw, they embark on a surprising romantic journey neither imagined possible. Travis has always believed a serious relationship would cramp his easygoing lifestyle, while Gabby is preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend—until an irresistible attraction between the unlikely couple upends both of their well-planned lives. Spanning a decade and tracing the evolution of a love affair that is ultimately tested by life's most defining events, this story features a memorable ensemble of friends and family in Sparks's beloved North Carolina setting, culminating with the question that every couple must ask themselves: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

THE CHOICE, an inspiring love story by New York Times Bestselling Author NICHOLAS SPARKS, is headed to the big screen! This February witness an incredible love story full of romance, hope, and heart-wrenching choices when Travis Shaw [Benjamin Walker] meets the beautiful Gabby Holland [Teresa Palmer]. An adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' best-selling novel The Choice (2007), this film follows the journey of Travis Parker and Gabby Holland, two young neighbors in a small coastal town who ultimately become lovers despite having to face many barriers. Their relationship is tested by life's most defining events.”

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Movie Critics
…story falls way short compared with other Nicholas Sparks adaptations… The screenplay by Bryan Sipe…jams in a host of romantic movie tropes to get us rooting for our storybook lovers. But there’s such mechanical artifice at work that it’s hard to do more than squirm and groan at the couple’s ultimate travails…
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
…In the end…the film disappointingly, even lazily, shies away from being anything more than you’d expect. The agonizing decision of the deceptively mundane title is enough to render a theater completely silent—but ultimately, with the way that director Ross Katz (“Adult Beginners”) and screenwriter Sipe stick to their source, there’s no real choice made at all. …
Tom Russo, The Boston Globe
…The Choice you make seeing this weeper is a bad one. …I’m grasping at the slenderest of straws for anything genuine or positive to take away from this wretched Valentine’s Day weeper…
Kristian Lin, Fort Worth Weekly
…Nicholas Sparks’ latest sweeping romantic adaptation is a tick-the-boxes, by-the-numbers affair… I walked out disappointed. … [1½/4]
Chris Knight, National Post
…quite possibly worst, tissue-thin weepie to issue forth from the Nicholas Sparks page-to-screen assembly line…
Andrew Barker, Variety
…“The Choice” is the cinematic equivalent of staring at a Hallmark Card for two hours. …the hokiest marriage proposal ever put on film…
Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

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