Safe Haven is based on the novel by Nicolas Sparks – so right away you know it’s going to be romantic, and sad. And it is. But luckily there’s a happy ending!
Julianne Hough, who has nicely transitioned to lead actress in her first starring role here, plays Katie, on the run and looking to start a new life for herself in a small North Carolina town. The first person she meets is Josh Duhamel’s Alex, tall, handsome, single father who has been grieving his dead wife for 3 years. The two are awkward with each other at first, but totally attracted to one another and they end up falling in love, of course.
Then Katie’s past ends up catching with her, and the rest of the movie is less romantic tension and more just plain tension as havoc comes to town.
Two super cute kids in the mix – lots of “awwww” factor – and a helpful BFF.
This movie came out on Valentine’s Day – good timing!