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Forever My Girl

Forever My Girl

Movie
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In Theatres: 
Jan 19, 2018
Grade:
D-
Running Time: 
104 minutes

Forever My Girl is being promoted to fans of Nicholas Sparks, and it’s easy to see why. The film has all the hallmarks of a sappy love story where they guy and girl are deeply in love and then he makes a huge mistake leading to their breakup, but then by some happenstance he ends up back and trying to win her over. Oh, and of course there’s some kind of shocking twist involved that will only further complicate their relationship. Unfortunately the only thing it really does is make you appreciate Nicholas Sparks movies all the more, because a lackluster script and cheesy acting make me wonder how the film made it pass direct-to-video and ended up on the big screen.

 

Liam Page (Alex Roe) left his fiance Josie (Jessica Rothe) at the altar to pursue a music career, becoming a huge country music star with fans across the globe. Eight years later and he’s on tour nearby the small town he grew up when he hears on the news that his best friend from high school has died. Of course he runs into Josie and is shocked to learn that she was pregnant when he left, and he now has a seven-year-old daughter, Billy (Abby Ryder Fortson). Determined to make things right, Liam decides to stay in town for as long as it takes and begins to realize his true priorities in life.

 

My biggest problem with Forever My Girl is that Liam is never a likable character. The opening scene of the film is him leaving Josie at the altar. We never see any good moments in their relationship before he runs off to become a country rock star, and the film doesn’t even do a good job at making him likeable with that, either. He’s inept at everything he does. Everything has to be done for him, from making sure his room has whatever booze (or girl) ready after a show to any kind of payment whatsoever because apparently he doesn’t even know where his credit cards are. I’m actually amazed he is able to put two and two together and figure out that Billy is his daughter without having Josie spell it out to him.

 

Speaking of Billy, Abby Ryder Fortson is the only redeeming aspect of this movie. She’s absolutely adorable and steals every scene she’s in, although to be honest that’s not too difficult to begin with. She carries this confidence and intelligence with her that I wish any of the other characters had.

 

We’ve seen this type of story dozens of times before so to see it be done badly just makes the film that much worse. Even the original music, which is also being heavily promoted, is lackluster and forgettable. Forever My Girl is forever annoying and reminder of how bad January movie releases can be.

Matt Rodriguez
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