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Blu-ray Review: Forever My Girl

May 15, 2018

By John Corrado

★★ (out of 4)

When country superstar Liam Page (Alex Roe) returns to his Louisiana hometown, he starts to reconnect with his long lost fiancé Josie (Jessica Rothe), whom he left at the altar eight years earlier.  Liam discovers that he has a daughter (Abby Ryder Forston) that he never knew about, and tries hard to be the partner and father that he never was after being away for so long.

Directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf, and based on the 2012 novel by Heidi McLaughlin, Forever My Girl is a squeaky clean romance that often feels like a cheap Nicholas Sparks knockoff, and conveniently apes many of the same tropes and themes as that author’s popular work.

It tells a clichéd and thoroughly predictable story that tilts heavily into melodramatic territory in its key moments, and the syrupy script is neither original or inspired.  But if all you’re looking for is a mindless romance, then Forever My Girl passes the time well enough for what it is.  The two leads Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe are hardly revelatory but are both likeable enough in their own ways, and it’s all set to a pleasant enough soundtrack of country songs.  The film is easily forgettable, but it’s also entirely harmless, and there are certainly audiences who will enjoy this sort of thing.

The Blu-ray includes no bonus features.

Forever My Girl is an Elevation Pictures release.  It’s 108 minutes and rated PG.

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