A Walk To Remember Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
A Walk To Remember doesn’t stray far from the typical teen path when it comes to characterization. Landon Carter (Shane West) is a handsome bad-boy with an ex-girlfriend unabashedly marketing herself to get him back. He hangs out with a tough crowd of truants who get their kicks by pulling pranks on their peers and harassing Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore) the Bible carrying class reject clad in a frumpy sweater.
Life is cool for Landon until a dare goes wrong. While lying to elude police prosecution, he is instead sentenced by his principal to be part of the school’s upcoming play. Unhappy about it, he doesn’t use any sugarcoating to let the troupe of amateur actors know how he feels… especially Jamie.
But with opening night looming closer, he starts to panic. Well out of his friends’ sight, he asks the preacher’s daughter for help with his lines while refusing to acknowledge her at school. And although she may be willing to overlook his mistakes, her pulpit-pounding father (Peter Coyote) doesn’t feel the same way. In a very uncharitable tone, he lets the boy know exactly what he thinks of him.
However, this is where A Walk To Remember takes a turn down the road less traveled, at least for teen movies. With some content issues and plot-holes big enough to mire a school bus, this film still portrays some refreshing changes. Jamie does get prettier as her relationship with Landon blossoms but she doesn’t lose the dowdy sweater… entirely. With a self-written list of goals to accomplish, she doesn’t cross the line even when Landon makes the move her daddy warned her about. Initially repulsed by her faith, Landon begins to admire her direction in life and even more, her belief in him.
Now I’ll admit this is a chick flic (and a possible redemptive date night for all you guys who’ve taken your girl into the latest string of war movies). But unlike the quick sex and make-up magic promoted so often, this is a story about what love could be… whether you’re dating or married.Starring Shane West, Mandy Moore. Running time: 101 minutes. Theatrical release January 24, 2002. Updated August 30, 2012
A Walk To Remember
Rating & Content Info
Why is A Walk To Remember rated PG? A Walk To Remember is rated PG by the MPAA
Overall: B Caught up with the wrong crowd in high school, Landon Carter undergoes a transformation after a teenage prank goes drastically wrong. He discovers the power of love and faith when he falls for the preacher’s daughter in this film for older teens that includes some thematic, language and sensual content.
Violence: B- Dangerous and vengeful pranks engaged in by some characters: one resulting in serious injury. Teen couple argues, involves some pushing. Character involved in police chase and car accident (some blood shown). Girl cuffs boy on shoulder. Boys fistfight. Boy argues with parent.
Sexual Content: B- Includes kissing (with varying degrees of passion) between teen-aged couples. Characters make rude comments about body parts and one grabs crotch. Character invites boy into home while parents are gone. Character makes sexual motions and comments. Character’s clothing reveals part of her back. Picture of scantily clad girl is passed around school.
Language: C At least: 2 crude anatomical terms, 12 moderate profanities, 10 mild profanities and 1 term of Deity used as expletive.
Alcohol / Drug Use: C Teenagers involved in drinking on school grounds and at home.
Miscellaneous Content: Teens use peer pressure and pranks meant to hurt or embarrass others. Contains some derogatory religious portrayals, and some teasing about religious beliefs.
Page last updated August 30, 2012
A Walk To Remember Parents' Guide
Jamie made a list of things she wanted to accomplish in her life. What kind of life goals would you put on your list?
Seeking and granting forgiveness are themes that run throughout this film. Can you list the characters that either said they were sorry or forgave someone? Did you feel differently about the characters afterwards? Is apologizing or forgiving easy?
In many teen movies (such as She’s All That and The Princess Diaries), characters have to change their outward appearance before they are considered acceptable. How did Jamie change when she fell in love with Landon? What kind of changes did Landon make? Were these changes external or internal? What motivated the transformations and who benefited from them?
The most recent home video release of A Walk To Remember movie is May 14, 2007. Here are some details…
A Walk to Remember releases to home video on May 14, 2007.
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Mandy Moore appeared in The Princess Diaries. Although full of content issues that parents may want to consider before sharing with their teens, Shallow Hal is another story about a man who learns to love a woman based on her inner beauty. Beauty And The Beast and Ever After are family-friendly films with a similar message.