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Safe Haven Movie Review

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I have something to admit: I watched Safe Haven because of Julianne Hough. I don't really care what the plot was or is, or that it's based on yet another Nicholas Sparks novel, or that it wants to be a thriller and romantic drama at the same time, because of Julianne Hough.

She's really quite ugly, and it's hard to look away. You know what I mean.

Safe Haven is about a young, horribly ugly woman (Julianne Hough) who used to have brown hair until she fled Boston and an obsessive police officer and wound up in a small beach town where she rents a house, has blond hair and meets a widower played by Josh Duhamel, an equally ugly bastard by all definitions of the word. Naturally, the two hit it off... until her dark secret comes back to bite her.

Safe Haven in many ways is harmless. Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel are ugly enough together, their scripted romance is perfectly scripted, Duhamel's on-screen children are adorable and blah blah blah. While I wasn't bored watching the movie, I just got bored describing the movie. Yawn.

Thankfully, Nicholas Sparks was oh so kind to mix things up and halfway turn yet another stale Nicholas Sparks romantic drama into a thriller. Sort of. A lame thriller with a forgettable plot, but a thriller nonetheless. An obsessive cop! A dark secret past! Blond hair instead of brown! Oh my!

In fairness, Safe Haven is easy to watch. It isn't particularly thrilling and the romance is forgettable, but it's not painfully forgettable. The movie is better than the last Nicholas Sparks movie I watched - the one with Miley Cyrus, mainly because it doesn't star Miley Cyrus.

And because Julianne Hough.

Glowing review, this is not. But while Safe Haven is not a very good movie, it is not very bad, either. It just is. Oh, and Julianne Hough.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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