The Choice (PG) ** – By Shirl Hollenberg

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Travis Shaw (Ben Walker) and Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer) in THE CHOICE, an Entertainment One Release. Photo Credit: Dana Hawley

Promises Promises!

 

Travis Shaw (Ben Walker) and Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer) in THE CHOICE, an Entertainment One Release. Photo Credit: Dana Hawley
Travis Shaw (Ben Walker) and Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer) in THE CHOICE, an Entertainment One Release. Photo Credit: Dana Hawley

Looks like writer Nicholas Sparks is at it again. Long the favourite pensman for teenage girls our love on paper Dynamo again makes it to the big screen with The Choice. Presented in B.C. By EOne Entertain,won’t consider this 112 minute movie suitable for young girls longing for their own Prince Charming.

Poor Gabby Holland. Her big dilemma, besides passing her advanced studies, is to find the right man and Teresa Palmer has problems galore. Being beautiful and blond with a bouyant personality and brains to match its obvious why men want to pursue her.

How many times have we seen two suitors from opposite circumstance vie for the same life mate. Like the title suggest, Gabby’s choice is to go with hard-working country raised Travis Parker or take up with dashing professional Doctor Ryan McCarthy. Bachelor hunks Brnjamin Walker and Tom Welling both seem up for the challenge and, as can be expected one wins, one loses, end of story.

Oh, and to make things more interesting throw in extended families, dogs, a tragedy or two, that old time religion and The Choice turns into a mixed bag of alternatives. Not even the presence of Tom Wilkinson can elevate this mushy story that has too many too contrived scenes to make it seem remotely believable.

Waterfront scenery aside, you do sense good “heat” between Walker and Palmer that unfolds in a laid back sort of way. Truly just a movie for young girls doubtlessly female hearts will swoon at the romantic urges while others may think Mr. Sparks career may probably be on life support. Nah, probably not