Long Distance Relationships in the Media Part II

Hello everyone! I wanted to take a one day break from “Renae Week” to tell you about the second movie I discovered that had a long distance relationship in the plot line. Last week’s post discussed the lack of long distance relationships in the media and a movie that I found that involves a long distance relationship. If you missed it catch up here.


The second movie I found is “Dear John” starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, which was originally a novel by Nicholas Sparks adapted into a movie. The IMDB synopsis of the movie is:

South Carolina US Army Special operations soldier John is on summer leave from his German base, visiting his widowed father. Being gallant on the pier, he befriends college student Savannah, a college student, and her buddies, a terminal father and his angelic son. John falls in love with Savannah, who diagnoses his beloved, gentle but weird father as mildly autistic. He plans not to sign up again, but 9/11 changes that, and she won’t wait idly while their friends desperately need help.

The movie is a great way to see army long distance relationships and the ups and downs it has. A lot of long distance relationships are because of college or due to one person being in the armed forces. This movie shows both of these types of long distance relationships because of the two main characters. The character of Savannah is in college in the movie while John is in the US Army.

I originally read the novel by Nicholas Sparks and loved it, even more so than the movie but books are usually better about ninety percent of the time. If you have the time and are looking for an easy and quick read go and check out “Dear John”. It is perfect for a Spring Break beach read!

The acting is about as good as you can expect from a Nicholas Sparks movie, but the movie as a whole is so much better than people will expect. I know Nicholas Sparks’ movies get a bad rap for being cheesy and too romantic but this one is a realistic love story and has a completely unexpected ending. The movie does a great job at portraying the hardships of juggling college life and a long distance relationship through the character of Savannah. It also shows the struggles of closing the gap due to conflicts that arise throughout our lives.

This movie is a more recent one that you will be able to find anywhere so if you are free this weekend and looking for a Friday night movie to watch I highly recommend this one. But be warned, tissues will be needed! Have a wonderful Thursday everyone and come back tomorrow for the last installment of “Renae Week”.


Today’s picture for #ThrowbackThursday is from our high school graduation back in June of 2013.



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