“The Vow”: Actually Entertaining!

Ah, young love! Leo and Paige after they first meet.

There’s something to be said for movies that are mostly fluff without much stuff. Even if the critics hate them.

Case in point? “The Vow,” which had a lowly tomatometer of 28 percent from those surly reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes. While this isn’t the best romantic dramedy I’ve ever seen (definitely not in the class of “Pretty Woman”), it’s pleasant and enjoyable fare, especially if you go in with lower expectations.

Inspired by a true story (but really nothing like it), newlyweds Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum) are in their car at a stop sign when they’re hit from behind by a truck on a snowy day. Paige, who foolishly unfastened her seat belt (there’s a lesson there, kids!), is thrown through the windshield and ends up in a coma. When she awakens, she can’t remember the last five years of her life . . . which includes meeting, dating, and marrying Leo.

Will Paige ever remember Leo?

That sets Leo on a quest to help Paige regain her memory. Of course, there’s the obligatory subplot involving her estranged family (with her parents well-played by Sam Neill and an ancient-looking Jessica Lange), as well as a former fiancé (Scott Speedman) thrown into the mix. I especially loved the scenes of Chicago, my old hometown.

My main complaint about “The Vow?” Channing Tatum. The dude can’t act! And what’s with his weird hair?

This fluffy flick really is a rental . . . but it’s not bad at that $5 before-noon weekend price the Mister and I paid.


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