1 hour, 44 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for an accident scene, sexual content, partial nudity and some language
Rachel McAdams ...
Channing Tatum ...
Jessica Lange ...
Sam Neill ...
Jessica McNamee ...
Wendy Crewson ...
Tatiana Maslany ...
Lucas Bryant ...
Scott Speedman ...
Joey Klein ...
Leo (Channing Tatum) is a goofy recording engineer and Paige (Rachel McAdams) an effervescent art student. They had a cute romance, a quirky wedding, and four happy years together before a car crash on a snowy Chicago street changed everything. Leo had only minor injuries, but Paige has lost five years of memories. Therefore, she has no idea who Leo is. Her last memory is of being in law school and engaged to Jeremy (Scott Speedman).
Before long, Paige's wealthy parents Rita (Jessica Lange) and Bill Thornton (Sam Neill),
a control-freak judge, show up to tend to her, even though she’d long
been estranged from them and they had never even met Leo. After Paige recovers and spends a brief
spell back with her husband, she decides to go back to her parents’ suburban home, using as an
excuse helping to plan her sister Gwen’s (Jessica McNamee) imminent
wedding. But at the event she reconnects with Jeremy and all her old
friends from her past.
Since despite Leo's best efforts, Paige shows no sign of regaining any memory
of their married life, Bill suggests
to Leo that he ought to divorce Paige, sensing an opportunity to regain the
daughter he feels he's lost. A big revelation about Paige's parents in the finale, which led to her
estrangement from them, is rather poorly handled by director Michael Sucsy (HBO's "Grey Gardens").
The title of The Vow is taken from the promise that Leo and Paige made to one another on their wedding day, in an impromptu affair before a bunch of their artsy friends in Chicago. When Leo and Paige have finally resolved all their problems they emphasize that despite all their difficulties, they will keep their marriage commitment. It's a pity that the film doesn't manage to do that as well. This is simply a sudsy, synthetic tearjerker.