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Safe Haven

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 (Safe Haven 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.
  • Genres: Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • Running Time: 115 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, March 1, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 [ Sexuality, Thematic Material, Threatening Behavior, Violence ]
  • Critic's Score: D
  • Starring: Josh Duhamel [Alex Wheatley], Julianne Hough [Katie Feldman], David Lyons [Kevin Tierney], Cobie Smulders [Jo], Noah Lomax [Josh], Mimi Kirkland [Lexi]
  • Directed by: Lasse Hallström [Director], Dana Stevens [Screenwriter], Gage Lansky [Screenwriter], Ryan Kavanaugh [Producer], Wyck Godfrey [Producer], Marty Bowen [Producer], Nicholas Sparks [Producer], Tucker Tooley [Executive Producer], Ron Burkle [Executive Producer], Jason Colbeck [Executive Producer], Shannon Gaulding [Executive Producer], Terry Stacey [Cinematographer], Andy Mondshein [Film Editor], Kara Lindstrom [Production Design], RA Arancio-Parrain [Art Director], Joanna Colbert [Casting], Richard Mento [Casting], Leigh Leverett [Costume Designer], Deborah Lurie [Original Music]
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