Nights in Rodanthe film review - a summary movie review about a great movie featuring beautiful wild horses

Based on the novel by bestselling American author, Nicholas Sparks (who also wrote The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle among others), this film stars Diane Lane as a woman (Adrienne) who is distraught by her husband's infidelity.

Adrienne's estranged husband is Jack (played by Christopher Meloni) and her children are heartbroken by the development that is their parents' divorce. The teenaged daughter (Amanda played by Mae Whitman) takes it especially hard. She is already at a rebellious age but she begins to rebel even more much to her mother's chagrin. Her fashion style is dark and can be taken to be a sign of her rebellion. She becomes interested in getting tattoos without first asking her mother's permission.

While Adrienne is dealing with all of this, her best friend Jean played by Viola Davis calls on her for help.

Jean inherited her mother's bed and breakfast and needs some assistance overseeing its upkeep while she goes on vacation.

Adrienne feels that looking out for the bed and breakfast can be her own vacation and she agrees to help her friend out. She needs to get away.

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Adrienne goes to the bed and breakfast in Rodanthe, North Carolina in the Outer Banks and there, she receives just one guest, Paul played by Richard Gere.

One of the strong points of this film is the beautiful scenery of Rodanthe, North Carolina and views of the gorgeous wild horses on the beach.

This is the third film that Richard Gere and Diane Lane star in together. The last one was Unfaithful. Perhaps I should now add them to my hub, "Actors who work well together".

Adrienne greets Paul, shows hims his room and prepares dinner. She seems a bit nervous and out of her element and the audience is left to wonder whether it is because she has never been a hostess at a bed and breakfast before or because she is already smitten with Paul.

Yes, a romance develops between them of course.

 The event that seemingly brings Paul and Adrienne together, throwing them into each others arms, is a terrible storm that threatens to damage the majestic house that is being used as the inn.

Paul and Adrienne scatter about the inn, boarding up windows and trying to shield the inn as efficiently as possible. Eventually they meet up in a room and just fall down in fright and exhaustion, seeking comfort with each other.

So, their love affair begins.

 Paul and Adrienne have both been experiencing hard times and with each other, they are finally happy again.

For Paul, a surgeon, he has been burdened by the thought that he hadn't made enough time to be a good father to his son as well as the possibility that he may have been at fault in a surgery that resulted in the death of one of his patients. Paul is trying to reconcile with the family of the patient (her husband and son) who blame him for her death.

 As they seek support from each other, Paul reminds Adrienne that she deserves to be truly loved and not taken for granted. She helps him to work through his circumstances as well.

Paul also has plans to reconcile with his own estranged son (Mark played by James Franco), who is also a doctor, practicing in South America. Paul decides to travel to the area with the promise to return to Adrienne. By the time they have to part, Adrienne and Paul are deeply in love. They embrace, he goes to his car to drive to the airport. He runs back to her and they embrace again.

If you have not already heard a lot about this movie, you will be very surprised by what happens next and how the story ultimately ends. I think you'll have a greater appreciation for the film if you have no idea what to expect. If you have already read a lot about it or spoken with friends who have seen it, that will spoil it.

I recommend you go ahead and rent this dvd from red box, netflix, blockbuster, hollywood video, etc, or buy from the dvd retailer of your choice.

I rate it 3/5 stars.

Rated PG-13

Starring Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Viola Davis, James Franco and others

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Lgali profile image

Lgali 7 years ago

very nice review Thanks


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Smireles 7 years ago from Texas

Have not seen the film but the review is nice.


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R Burow 7 years ago from Florida, United States

It doesn't sound completely like my regular choice in movies, but you make it sound tempting to try. I may.


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Journey * 7 years ago from USA Author

Lgali, Smireles and R Burow, thank you all for posting comments. R Burow, yes, I hope you'll give it a try. It's a very touching film.


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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA

Your review was nice and the movie was great! My only problem---the ending. Guess that’s the helpless romantic in me...


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Sandyspider 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Nice review!


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Journey * 7 years ago from USA Author

Hi Nancy, thank you! And yes, about the ending, I know what you mean.

Sandyspider, thanks!


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Cari Jean 7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

I read the book, which I was not impressed with even though I am a fan of Nicholas Sparks. Wondered what the movie was like - thanks for the info.


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Journey * 6 years ago from USA Author

Hi Cari Jean, I haven't read the book but I enjoyed the film. Hope you'll give it a try. I am also a Nicholas Sparks fan and my favorite story of his is definitely The Notebook. Thanks for commenting.


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sameerk 6 years ago from India

very nice hub


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Journey * 6 years ago from USA Author

Thanks sameerk!

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