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Review: 'Haven' another Sparks adaptation that plays it too safe

10:18 PM, Feb. 13, 2013
Nicholas Sparks' homey romantic tales have developed a following ? and you know who you are. From left, Noah Lomax, Julianne Hough, Mimi Kirkland and Josh Duhamel inhabit the latest southern setting in 'Safe Haven.'
Nicholas Sparks' homey romantic tales have developed a following ? and you know who you are. From left, Noah Lomax, Julianne Hough, Mimi Kirkland and Josh Duhamel inhabit the latest southern setting in 'Safe Haven.'
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The movies based on the novels of Nicholas Sparks always emphasize the simple pleasures. A quiet locale, a leisurely stroll down the beach, a romance that doesn't begin in a bar and end in bed that same night.

Those simple pleasures are in the forefront of "Safe Haven," another sweetly treacly tale from the "beach book" author who gave us "The Notebook," "Dear John" and "The Last Song." There's another beach town - sleepy, bucolic Southport, N.C. - another pair of lovers, each with his (Josh Duhamel) or her (Julianne Hough) "big secrets." And as they court, the Nebraska native Sparks serves up ...

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