LDS Neighborhood Movies - A Walk To Remember  

Posted by Linda Keilbart Scanlan in , , , , , ,

About 10 years ago I was a visitor in a ward in the Salt Lake Area. A young couple was asked to speak about Temple Marriage. The young Sister arose and told the most loving, compassionate story of love I had ever heard. She spoke of her first marriage (She could only have been about 20 at the time I heard her speak). Her husband had a disease that he was dying from. She fell in love with this young man because of the beauty of his spirit. She agreed to marry him in the Temple knowing that they would never have a normal marriage. Their marriage became a month of memories and service for a young man that I will not forget.

I remember this talk every time I watch "A Walk to Remember". Shane West plays Landon, the good looking, shallow High School student that is court ordered to community service. It is here that he comes to know Mandy Moore's character Jamie.

This "feel good movie" portrays Landon developing from a shallow, insensitive young boy to a deeply caring man, who will never again go back to being a boy. Landon learns that Jamie has only one true desire before she dies. Initially it is absorbed as information to ponder. As Landon sees Jamie's life spirit slowly slip from her day by day, he desires only to fulfill he dream.

This movie exemplifies total unconditional love. To give of one's self knowing that you will never receive back is the final lesson of charity in this film. Kleenex boxes will need to be on hand even for the guys.

"Pure" and "simple" romance are labels used to describe this movie. It is rated PG for thematic elements, language and some sensual material. There are 11 swear words, sexual body movements, brief picture nudity and talk of drinking beer. This movie should have been rated PG-13. Parents should pre-view it and decide if it is appropriate for their children to view. Released in 19 countries with only one having a "Teen" rating on it (Spain), it remains a favorite of viewers.

This film has been linked with "The Notebook", "Bridge to Terabithia" and "Grease" as to other movies in the same catagory.

The director's commentary is informative as to spotting errors in the filming.

Return to the Neighborhood!

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Thanks for the information, Linda. I must get this movie. Another superb film coming out this autumn, is Forever Strong.

I'd like to share something, too :-)

On my blog today, there is a gorgeous free Salt Lake Temple screen saver by photographer, David Terry.

Please help yourself, and then spread the word!

May 12, 2008 at 11:08 AM

I look forward to reading about "Forever Strong". Thanks for the tip.


May 14, 2008 at 9:15 AM

This is my favorite movie of all times.
I really want to read the book! :D

May 14, 2008 at 12:13 PM

Loved the movie.

This is one of those rare instances when the movie was better than the book.

May 29, 2008 at 12:37 PM

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