A Walk to Remember

Jamie Sullivan: Mandy Moore
Landon Carter: Shane West
Cynthia Carter: Daryl Hannah
Rev. Sullivan: Peter Coyote
Belinda: Lauren German
Dean: Clayne Crawford
Warner Bros. Pictures presents a film directed by Adam Shankman. Written by Karen Janszen. Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks. Running time: 100 minutes. Rating Rated PG (For thematic elements, language and some sensual material).

Central Theme
Sacrificial love can overcome all odds and can restore the broken spirit to one that is whole.

Jamie was the last person Landon was likely to fall for. Serious and conservative, she was as far from cool as she could possibly be, and didnƒ­t care. Her self-confidence didn’t depend upon the opinions of others. The daughter of the town’s Baptist minister, Jamie was not afraid of letting people know that her faith was the most important part of her life, even if it cost her some friends.

Landon hung with the in-crowd — an aimless, moody, reckless guy who breezed through school on looks and bravado. His friends took pleasure in making fun of anyone who didnƒ­t meet their standards and often taunted Jamie about her plain clothes and solitary ways

Landon had no plans, no future and no faith in himself. One night a prank that he and his buddies set up for a laugh goes terribly wrong and lands a kid in the hospital. As punishment, Landon is assigned to tutor a young student on the weekends and participate in the Drama Clubƒ­s spring play ƒ± two activities the principal hopes will teach him some humility. They also happen to throw him into close contact with Jamie, who is already volunteering as a tutor and a lead in the play.

Clearly in over his head with both assignments, Landon is forced to ask Jamie for help. Soon, against his own expectations and the scorn of his friends, Landon finds himself falling in love with this outwardly plain girl who possesses a passion for life he never imagined possible. But it isnƒ­t easy. For reasons of her own, Jamie does everything she can to run away from romance until it becomes impossible to deny.

Being together will test everything they believe in. Most of all, it will test the power of love and faith to transform a life into something worth living by building a relationship on values and respect.

Beliefs num
–Things are often not what they seem.
–Inner beauty and personal character qualities are more powerful than outward beauty.
–Staying true to your beliefs rather than conforming to the crowd has rewards of its own.
–Second chances although difficult to offer, require faith and when given to the right person can transform the giver and receiver.
–Faith, hope and love make life worth living and the greatest of these is love.
–God is present though not seen, just as the wind is real but can’t be seen.
–Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
–The best entree to love is a respectful friendship.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Are high school kids capable of enduring love?
–How can parents know the difference?
–Can one live 1 Corinthians 13 love without God’s presence and help? (What was the source of Jamie’s love and did Landon come to know the source or just the love?)
–Is there a good kid beneath the surface of most ‘bad kids?’
–What does it take to be yourself rather than conforming?
–Does God have a plan for individual lives?

Provocative Quotes byline
–You need to meet some new people
==Principal to Landon
–The more Einstein studied the universe the more he believed in a higher power
==Jamie to Landon while looking at the stars
–Don’t you care what people think about you? No.
==Landon asks Jamie and she answers
–I’ll help you under one condition – You can’t fall in love with me
==Jamie on helping Landon study his dramatic role
–To witness a miracle
==Jamie’s life dream as stated in her yearbook
–Maybe God has a bigger plan for me than I had for myself. You’re my guardian angel.
==Jamie to Landon
–Jamie has faith in me. She makes me want to be different. Better.
==Landon to his mom
–I’m sorry she never got her miracle. She did. You.
==Landon and Reverend Sullivan
–Jamie saved my life. Her love is like the wind. I can’t see it but I can feel it.
==Landon about Jamie
–I wanted the movie to reach kids that did not go to Sunday school and did not have a Bible study, and I didn’t want it to feel like a dose of medicine or ‘You have become a Christian’ with a wagging finger. I wanted it to be a gentle message.
==Denise Denovi, the film’s executive producer, on her purpose for the film
–The story is a reminder of what is really important in life – unconditional love, hope and faith, things that have been proven for thousands of years to be the sustenance of human beings.
==Denise Denovi, the film’s executive producer
–Reverend Sullivan is really a decent man. He’s not a snake-waving religious fanatic. He’s a strict, upright man who loves his daughter.
==Peter Coyote, on why he was attracted to his role

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