A Walk to Remember
January 25, 2002
A Walk to Remember is a teen drama that focuses on all the usual teen angst issues. The story centers on a girl who is socially awkward and does not fit in. As she gets closer to the popular guy on campus, he pushes her away in a classic teen pseudo-class struggle. He then realizes his mistake and attempts to win her back but a broken heart is not easily mended.
The two leads are played by Mandy Moore, teen pop star, and Shane West, most known for his role in Whatever It Takes, in which he played more or less the same character that Moore plays in this film. The movie, which is based on a book by Nicholas Sparks, focuses on Jamie (Moore), the conservative daughter of a Baptist minister, and Landon (West), the popular guy in school. One of Landon's pranks lands him the punishment of helping out with school activities where the two meet. The more they learn about each other, the more attracted to one another they become. But with Jamie's strong faith and Landon's role in teen society, they have to overcome many before love will prevail.
The trailer and ads for the film push Moore heavily and really go for the emotional element of the story. Some of the ads are reminiscent of the behind-the-scenes ads that were used for The Majestic; they feature both Moore and West speaking, out of character, about the movie. Obviously, Warner Bros. is hoping that A Walk to Remember will fair better at the box office than The Majestic.
Teen dramas are usually not very successful but they do have some staying power, as they are mostly effective in what little they attempt to achieve. This type of movie has seen its share of success, most notably Save The Last Dance from 2001. A breakout is still unlikely for A Walk to Remember but it should do reasonably well over time. (Walid Habboub/BOP)
Comparison films for A Walk to Remember
|Princess Diaries, The
|She's All That
|Parent Trap, The (1998)
|Autumn in New York
|Walk in the Clouds, A