Year Released - 2008
Running Time - 97 minutes
Directed by George C Wolfe
Written by Ann Peacock (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Kit Kittredge: An American Girl) and John Romano
*Based on the novel written by Nicholas Sparks (who has also written The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, and A Walk to Remember)
Diane Lane (Unfaithful, The Outsiders, Murder at 1600, Jumper, etc)
Richard Gere (Unfaithful, An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman, Primal Fear, etc)
Rating: 3 Skulls
With chaos tearing her marriage and family apart, Adrienne Willis takes a weekend caretaker job at her friend's coastal North Carolina inn. When a storm hits, stranding the inn's only guest, Dr. Paul Flanner, Adrienne's life changes forever.
As the storm rages outside, Adrienne connects with Flanner, who came to the Rodanthe retreat to escape his own personal crisis.
Have you ever watched a movie simply based on some minor aspect of it? Well, I have and this one is a perfect example - when I first saw the trailer for this film, I fell in love with the house shown in the movie, and I wanted to see more of it - simple as that.
It only helped that the movie starred Diane Lane and Richard Gere [both of whom I like, and I thought Unfaithful was great] and the movie is based on a Nicholas Sparks' novel [whom I also like - I thoughtThe Notebook was great as well]
Also, the DVD release date [which was yesterday] coincides perfectly with Valentine's Day.
So, my wife and I settled down, to watch this film. . .
Diane Lane plays Adrienne, a mother of two, who has recently separated from her husband. When he tells her that he made a mistake [cheating on her] and wants to come back, she retreats to a friend's Bed & Breakfast to think things over.
There is one other guest at the inn - Dr. Flanner [Richard Gere] who is a plastic surgeon currently being sued for malpractice/wrongful death. [His patient's husband lives in town, and he has come to discuss what happened]
When a hurricane hits Rodanthe, the two are stranded at the inn, and you can guess what happens from this point on.
While this movie was nowhere near as good as The Notebook, I still enjoyed it. I felt that it was very realistic and true to life. So, if you are in the mood for a romantic drama this Valentine's Day weekend, this movie is not a bad way to spend your time.
Here's the trailer:
As for the house - I researched it a little bit - apparently it is called the "Serendipity House" and is located on Hatteras Island in North Carolina.
It has 5 bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths. The weekly rate for 'off season' is $1,710.00 - for 'peak season' it is $3,785.00 - for a week! - yeah, I'll pass. . .]
Turns out though that it is currently unavailable for rent - I wonder if this is why: