Monday, February 11, 2013

Parents' Night Out: 'Safe Haven' + Premiere


Get your tissues, folks. Safe Haven, starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough, could have you blubbering in your seat -- or possibly even ugly crying.

Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel on the red carpet.
I had the chance to attend the star-studded premiere of the film last week at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, and not only did I get a glimpse of Duhamel and Hough, I also caught sight of Ryan Seacrest, Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw, the last two even performing before the movie began.

Ryan Seacrest
Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, Dear John), Safe Haven is a romantic thriller about a young woman (Hough) who shows up in a North Carolina town with secrets of her own. She slowly joins the community and is ready to settle down, but her past keeps trying to catch up with her. She meets a widowed store owner, Alex (Duhamel), who has two kids of his own, but who's the guy who can't seem to let her go?

Safe Haven is somewhat of a mystery. From the beginning, we know that Hough's character, Katie, is on the run. But why? Seems a relationship has gone south — way south — and we don't know if she's innocent or something much worse.

The love story in the film is sweet and (sometimes) fraught, as Katie holds her cards close. As she gets closer to Alex, it's easy to get caught up in their romance. (Definitely a date night film, parents!) But with Katie not being what she seems, are Alex and his kids at risk? And who's that friendly neighbor (Cobie Smulders) that keeps checking in on Katie?

Like I said, get some tissues, because those answers might have you reaching for more than just the popcorn.

The movie opens nationwide on Valentine's Day. Enjoy!

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