Set in Beaufort, in North Carolina, a small southern town that time forgot and economic prosperity long since abandoned, we have the typical 'bad boy' Landon (played by Shane West) and the Baptist minister's southern belle, 'goody-goody' daughter Jamie (played by Mandy Moore) meet each other at their high school drama class and sparks fly immediately. Or at least there are supposed to be sparks, but the sticky sweet, sugar-coated drivel that pours from the screen would make even the most ardent pop culture-addicted person sick with saccharin poisoning.
I would recommend you read the book and skip this movie altogether. Actually, for a far better, more edgy and entertaining coming of age movie that is worth seeing, rent Ghost World.
DVD extras: separate commentaries from Shane West, Mandy Moore and director Adam Shankman. There is an interview with novelist Nicholas Sparks and screenwriter Karen Janszen; also a music video for Mandy Moore's 'Cry'. The disc has a Dolby digital 5.1 soundtrack in English or Quebec French, plus Spanish and French subtitles.