The Best of Me [DVD] [2014]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (356 out of 374)

Special Features


  • "Tears of Joy" new storyline and alternative ending
  • Along for the ride
  • Commentary by Director Michael Hoffman
  • Music video: "I Did" - Lady Antebellum
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


The Best of Me
Twenty-one years after being torn apart by forces beyond their control, two lovers who have never forgotten one another get a second chance at happiness in this romantic drama from bestselling author Nicholas Sparks. Dawson (Luke Bracey) and Amanda (Liana Liberato) were just teenagers when they fell hopelessly and helplessly in love. Unfortunately for them, it just wasn't meant to be -- at least not then. Two decades later, in the wake of a mutual friend's death, Dawson (James Marsden) and Amanda (Michelle Monaghan) are reunited as adults. Their passion still burns as bright as ever, too, but just when it seems as if their happy ever after is finally within reach, they discover that the very same threat that separated them in youth has returned stronger, and more determined to divide them than ever before. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Michelle Monaghan
    Michelle Monaghan - Amanda
  • James Marsden
    James Marsden - Dawson
  • Luke Bracey
    Luke Bracey - Younger Dawson
  • Liana Liberato
    Liana Liberato - Young Amanda
  • Caroline Goodall
    Caroline Goodall - Evelyn



Overall customer rating

4.5
96%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Realistic romantic romp

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    ncmovieman87
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    Having seen a lot of movies I've seen my fair share of good romance movies and bad romance movies. One of the things that separates the two in my mind is realism. Some movies are so unrealistic in their representations of love and loss that it's miserable to watch. The movie is based off the book of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. Watching this movie with my sister and mom I learned there are some changes from the book to the movie. They didn't like the differences but having not read the book I can't comment! I won't give a plot description as those are easily available elsewhere. I will say that I felt the plot moved along at a very realistic pace. On a side note I personally liked the original ending to the movie better than the fairy tale happy ending. My mom and sister liked the alternate ending better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Another movie story about true love!

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    moviefan
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    I enjoy Nicholas Sparks movies, and this was no exception. I always enjoy James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan, and they are so great in this. But actor Luke Bracey who played the young Dawson probably affected me most. Everyone is spot on. What a sweet, deeply felt story. Another great reminder that love is in the simple things. I had not seen the movie in theater and noticed two version were available on Amazon. So I chose the "Tears of Joy Edition" because something told me the original might not have a happy ending. And I'm a sucker for happy endings. Perfect treat for being stuck at home with a sore back. Well done!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Young Amanda & Dawson make you believe in LOVE!

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    JustinMoore88
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    The Best of Me made me want to be a better man! Younger Dawson and Tuck's relationship was meaningful and heartfelt! I had a strong connection with their scenes, and it was a nice change in this film over the past Sparks adaptations. James Marsden was not overly charming, his delivery was delicate and light. It was nice to see the lead role more laid back. Gerald McRaney (Tuck) and Luke Bracey (Younger Dawson) was my favorite part of the movie. I loved the scenes that told the story from their beginning, how they met, how they helped each other in life and love. MEANINGFUL and POWERFUL!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A better than average Chick Flick

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    MotsLots
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    This movie came recommended by my 26 year old daughter, who of course if a die hard romantic. She told us it was as good as "The Notebook" so my husband and I decided to purchase it (rather than just rent it). We were pleasantly surprised to find it wasn't highly predictable (although at least 1/2 of it is). The casting is done well with good chemistry between the actors/actresses. The movie has a good pace. There is an alternate ending where one is sad/tragic and the other is happy. I do suggest you watch both.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Another great story by Nicholas Sparks!

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    TMAN
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    I haven't read the original novel, so I can't say how the movie compares, but I really enjoyed this film. Sure it's insanely contrived and melodramatic, but what movie in this genre isn't? If you want to escape reality and enjoy some romantic goodness, you could do far worse. The chemistry between the actors is exceptional, especially with the younger couple. If you like Sparks, this is highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    When your with your wife or girlfriend

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    Muskie027
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    I am not quite the chick flick guy when I am on my own, but to be fair, the wife gets to pick what we watch as often as I do. If your wife picks this one, it won't be a wasted night. There are some chick flicks that I can't stand, some that are tolerable, some that you actually take interest in and some you end up liking. This one I was able to take interest in and somewhat enjoyed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    20 years apart and high school sweethearts reunite

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    Zak14
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    20 years apart then they find themselves back together. So 20 years apart, they get back together and guess what? They find themselves getting split up again by the SAME things that split them up two decades ago. YAWN!........The "Best Part of Me" watching this movie was getting to see Michele Monaghan (Amanda in the movie). A real yawner. Go watch something else.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    a little long & the story is jumpy

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    Reptile227
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    Being a fantastic author, this film doesn't take you where you want to go as his prior works did; ie Safe Haven. It was a great film release for the Valentine holiday, but I hear the book is more gripping. It's worth seeing, just don't build yourself up to be let down.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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