Leah Greenblatt
September 04, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Last Song

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
108 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/02/10
performer
Miley Cyrus, Greg Kinnear
director
Julie Anne Robinson
distributor
Walt Disney Pictures
author
Nicholas Sparks (Author), Jeff Van Wie

We gave it a B

Nicholas Sparks’ blockbuster novels are like hot buttered Orville Redenbacher for the soul: highly consumable, comforting, and by definition, pretty corny. In The Last Song — already in production as a Miley Cyrus film — 17-year-old Ronnie is forced to abandon her club-hopping Manhattan ways for a summer with her estranged father in a North Carolina beach town. The story that follows is typically Sparksian, an engaging if heavily telegraphed stew of romance, betrayal, and youthful discovery, garnished with a healthy dollop of Christianity. Fans of The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, etc., will gobble it up with glee, right through the tear-duct-milking finale. More literary types will run screaming for the exits long before. B

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