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Dear John (2010 film)

Dear John is a 2010 American romantic drama-war film starring Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum. It was made by Screen Gems and was released theatrically in North America on February 5, 2010. The film was directed by Lasse Hallström, and it is an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' 2006 novel of the same name. It follows the life of a soldier (Channing Tatum) after he falls in love with a young woman (Amanda Seyfried). They decide to exchange letters to each other after he is deployed to the war. The movie was filmed in 2009 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Dear John
Dear John film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLasse Hallström
Produced byMarty Bowen
Wyck Godfrey
Ryan Kavanaugh
Screenplay byJamie Linden
Based onDear John
by Nicholas Sparks
StarringChanning Tatum
Amanda Seyfried
Henry Thomas
Richard Jenkins
Music byDeborah Lurie
CinematographyTerry Stacey
Edited byKristina Boden
Distributed byScreen Gems
Release date
  • February 5, 2010 (2010-02-05)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$25 million[1]
Box office$114.9 million[1]


While serving in the United States Army Special Forces in 2003, Staff Sergeant John Tyree is lying on the ground in Afghanistan, after being shot twice with his comrades around him. In a voice-over, he recalls a childhood trip to the US Mint and compares himself to a coin in the United States military before stating that the last thing he thought of before he blacked out was "you."

In 2001, John is on leave in Charleston, South Carolina. He meets Savannah Curtis, a college student building homes with a group of co-eds for Habitat for Humanity while on spring break, when he fetches her purse after she drops it off of a pier into the ocean. She invites him to a bonfire party where he meets her neighbor, Tim Wheddon, and his autistic son, Alan. Over the course of two weeks, they go on several dates and fall in love. Savannah also meets John's father, who is obsessed with his coin collection. John's father takes an interest in showing Savannah his collection and what it means to him.

Savannah mentions to John that his father may have a form of high-functioning autism known as Asperger's syndrome like Tim's son, Alan. This upsets John, who storms off. Savannah's friend Randy, who also has a crush on her, makes a comment that provokes John to fight, and he accidentally punches Tim, breaking his nose. Savannah sees the commotion, and stops speaking to John. John later apologizes to Tim, who offers to give Savannah a message. She drives to John's house to spend one last day together. On their last day, they both make a promise that they will continue their correspondence with letters. They vow to tell each other "everything".

John and Savannah continue their relationship through letters, and John visits her in her hometown to meet her family while on a future leave. John and Savannah makes plans to start a life together after John is discharged from the army in December 2001. However, when the September 11 attacks occur, John chooses to re-enlist with his team. Their time apart start as weeks and turn into months and years. Savannah begins to spend more time with Tim, and decides that she wants to work with autistic children; she plans to build a farm and horse stables where they can enjoy the outdoors and animals. Over the next two years, John and Savannah's romance continues through their letters. One turns out to be a literal "Dear John" letter, in which Savannah breaks up with John, saying that, while she still loves him, she has developed feelings for someone else - she does not reveal that the "other man" is Tim. In a fit of anger, John burns all of Savannah's letters.

John is later wounded and encouraged to return home, but he re-enlists for a second time. Four years pass, and John is informed that his father has had a stroke - instead of being deployed with the rest of his unit, John is being sent home to be with his dad. When John arrives at the hospital, he learns that his father is alive, but in grave condition. In addition to reading his father articles from coin collectors' newsletter (which Mr. Tyree has collected, along with his beloved coins, for decades), John writes a letter to his father, which he reads to him at the hospital; John's voice-over at the beginning of the film was from this letter, in which he told his father that the first thing to cross his mind after he was shot was coins, and the last thing to cross his mind before he lost consciousness was his dad. Soon afterward, his father dies.

After his father's funeral, John visits Savannah at her ranch and learns that she has married Tim, abandoning her dream of a riding camp for autistic kids because of Tim's fight against lymphoma. She talks to Tim on the phone and tells John that Tim would like to see him. She takes John to the hospital, and Tim tells John that Savannah still loves John; she loves him (Tim), too, but not in the same way she loves John - and Tim can see that. John takes her back to her house and they enjoy a quiet evening together, eating dinner, and are tempted to pick up where they left off years earlier, but do not go through with their feelings and, upset, John leaves. John sells all of his father's coin collection (except the valuable mule coin that he found with his father years ago) in order to raise money to help with Tim's cancer treatment. John returns to the military, carrying the mule coin with him as a charm/talisman. He receives a letter from Savannah telling him that Tim died after two months of treatment. John, now a civilian, eventually returns home; while riding his bike in town one day, he sees Savannah at a coffee shop, and they hug.



Dear John OST
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedFebruary 2, 2010 (2010-02-02)
LabelRelativity Music Group
1."Paperweight"Joshua Radin & Schuyler Fisk3:22
2."The Moon"The Swell Season4:40
4."Exelsior Lady"The Donkeys3:34
5."Things & Time"The Wailing Souls3:22
6."Little House"Amanda Seyfried3:17
7."The is the Thing"Fink4:25
8."Think of Me"Rosi Golan3:09
9."You Take My Troubles Away"Rachael Yamagata & Dan Wilson3:39
10."Dear John Theme"Deborah Lurie1:53
Total length:33:30


The score to Dear John was composed by Deborah Lurie, who recorded her score with the Hollywood Studio Symphony at the Warner Brothers Eastwood Scoring Stage.[2] A soundtrack album containing songs was released on February 2, 2010, from Relativity Media Group, and a score album was released digitally the same day.[citation needed]


Box officeEdit

Dear John has grossed $80,014,842 in North America and $34,962,262 in other territories for a worldwide total of $114,977,104.[1]

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $30,468,614, finishing first at the box office, knocking off Avatar after seven weekends in first place and making it the best debut for a film based on a Nicholas Sparks novel.[1][3]

The film was the second highest debut for a film opening Super Bowl weekend, just shy of Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert in 2008.[1][4]

Critical receptionEdit

The film received mixed to negative reviews from critics, with some praising the casting, but many dismissing its characters and writing as generic.

Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score from film critics' reviews, reports a rating of 43% based on 34 reviews.[5] On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a "rotten" 29% with an average score of 4.4/10.


Year Award Category Work Result
2010 MTV Movie Awards Best Male Performance Channing Tatum Nominated
Best Female Performance Amanda Seyfried Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Drama Dear John Nominated
Choice Movie Actor: Drama Channing Tatum Nominated
Choice Movie Actress: Drama Amanda Seyfried Nominated
Choice Movie: Chemistry Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum Nominated
2011 People's Choice Awards Favorite Drama Movie Dear John Nominated
ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Top Box Office Films Deborah Lurie Won
CinEuphoria Awards Top Ten of the Year – Audience Award Lasse Hallström Won
Top Ten of the Year – International Competition Won
Best Actor – International Competition Channing Tatum Won

Home mediaEdit

Dear John was released on DVD and Blu-ray on May 25, 2010.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Dear John (2009)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-05-19.
  2. ^ Goldwasser, Dan (2010-01-25). "Deborah Lurie scores Dear John". Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  3. ^ Brandon Gray (2010-02-08). "Weekend Report: 'Dear John' Delivers, 'Avatar' Flies High Again". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-02-09.
  4. ^ "SUPER BOWL OPENINGS". Retrieved 2010-02-09.
  5. ^ "Dear John (2010): Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks. Retrieved February 7, 2010.

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