In this happily-ever-after version of domestic violence, based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, Katie (Julianne Hough) flees an abusive relationship, blood on her hands, with the help of her neighbor, an elderly cherry-picker. Her safe haven manifests itself as a tiny Southern beach town, fortuitously home to the tan and chiseled Alex (Josh Duhamel). While Katie copes with the trauma by repainting her kitchen floor canary yellow, Sparksian flames ignite between her and widower Alex. No one saw that coming. Fans of Dear John
is also directed by Lasse Hallström) and The Last Song
can enjoy a good heart flutter as Alex lifts Katie off her feet and passionately presses her against a tree. But the deranged, abusive husband won’t disappear so easily, and the events that follow will offend—if not outrage—feminists and anyone remotely knowledgeable about domestic abuse. Think J.Lo’s Enough
, deep-fried and coated with extra sugar.