FOREVER MY GIRL
By Mary Cox
“Forever My Girl” is a very sweet movie that is totally predictable. You know from the opening credits it will be a happily ever after movie, but isn’t that why we go to most movies: to be entertained and to feel good?
In the year of the woman, “Forever My Girl” is definitely a chick flick. The men who are drug kicking and screaming to this film, will be delighted with the country music soundtrack even if they find the story line a little saccharin.
Liam Page, a country music superstar, and his high-school sweetheart Josie Preston grew up in the smaill town of Saint Augustine, Louisiana. On their wedding day, Liam leaves Josie at the altar for a shot at fame and fortune. Eight years later, Liam returns to his tiny hometown when his best friend dies. No one is thrilled to see him, even his father is angry with him. When Liam discovers that he is the father of a seven year girl, Billy, he tries to rebuild relationships with Billy, his father and Josie.
Alex Roe stars as Liam Page. Roe is gorgeous and he is a decent singer. Jessica Rothe is Josie. The acting is adequate. I am not so sure there was a mutual attraction between the two. One thing that bothered me about Roe was that he was sweating profusely in several scenes. Then I found out that the movie was shot in Georgia in heat that ranged from 110 to 115 degrees. I am not surprised everyone wasn’t covered with sweat.
W.C. Fields said, “Never work with children or animals.” Roe and Rothe should have listened to Fields before acting in this film because Abby Rayder Fortson who plays the precocious Billy because she steals every scene she is in.
The film is directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf from a script she adapted from Heidi McLaughlin’s best-selling novel of the same name.
I am surprised that this was released in the theaters. When I saw the trailers on television, I thought it was a Hallmark movie. The story line is like a thousand romance novels: girl loses boy, boy realizes he was a jerk, boy tries to win back girl, boy wins girl and they live happily ever after. Don’t get me wrong; I like Hallmark movies. You always feel good when you turn off the television and you will feel good when you leave the theater after viewing “Forever My Girl” too.
I think this is a great movie for women to see after a nice dinner out with their BFF’s and a couple of glasses of wine.
With all the trailers on television I thought “Forever My Girl” would have a wide opening but it opens Friday at Ronnies in St. Louis.