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Switching back and forth between the current timeline with the adult versions of Amanda (Michelle Monaghan) and Dawson (James Marsden), separated lovers are brought back together after the death of an old friend (Gerald McRaney) who helped to support the younger Amanda (Liana Liberato) and Dawson (Luke Bracey) during their star-crossed meet and greet.

Michael Hoffman (The Emperor’s Club) seeks to find the best in Nicholas Sparks’ sentimental journey about two kids from opposite ends of the economic spectrum with a few standard twists and turns but, for discerning viewers, it will feel like the story succumbs to the worst in terms of its own sense of thoroughly predictable inevitability. (PG-13) Grade: D