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THE VOW (M)

★★★

Di­rec­tor: Michael Sucsy ( fea­ture de­but) Stars: Chan­ning Ta­tum, Rachel Mca­dams, Jes­sica Lange, Sam Neill, Jes­sica Mcnamee For­get­ting away with it The SBIGBOG force is strong with this one. ( SBIGBOG? So Bad It’s Good, Bor­der­ing On Great) SE­RI­OUSLY, this kooky ro­man­tic drama has a happy knack of wrong- foot­ing view­ers the right way, time and time again.

There are some scenes where it is mirac­u­lous that the cast were able to re­main up­right, what with the huge nuggets of guilty- plea­sure gold un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously lit­tered ev­ery­where.

You just haven’t lived ( or laughed un­con­trol­lably to your­self) un­til you’ve seen Chan­ning Ta­tum play­ing a too- cool- forschool record pro­ducer – I could stop right there, couldn’t I? – un­stick­ing the minds of stuck- up snobs by rav­ing about Ra­dio­head and Elvis’s orig­i­nal bass player.

But we are not here to mar­vel at the heal­ing pow­ers of hav­ing good taste in mu­sic. No, we are here to be re­minded of how much fun any movie with am­ne­sia in it can be. You know, in case we sud­denly for­got. ( Sorry, but ac­cu­racy or sen­si­tiv­ity to­wards the ac­tual na­ture of this very real con­di­tion is not a strong suit of The Vow.)

Re­put­edly based on a true story, the pif­fle- per­fect premise of The Vow pitches Rachel Mca­dams as Paige, a funky sculp­tor who copped a knock to the nog­gin’ while snog­gin’ her spouse.

In a parked car. In the snow. By a garbage truck with bad brakes.

But the ac­ci­dent is not as im­por­tant as the af­ter­math.

Once she awakes in hospi­tal, Paige no longer recog­nises her hunky, mix­ing- desk mae­stro of a hubby, Leo ( Ta­tum).

While she re­verts to an ear­lier phase of her life as a straitlaced law stu­dent, Leo has no choice but to fret about how to re- write a mar­riage that could al­ready be his­tory.

Lunk- headed Leo calls on ev­ery shred of ev­i­dence he can to jump- start Paige’s mem­ory, but noth­ing – and I mean, noth­ing – rings a bell.

Love let­ters? Nope. Sexy voice­mails? Nada. In­ti­mate knowl­edge of her favourite foods, bands and clothes? Nyet.

Surely the wed­ding video would do the trick, I hear you cry? Af­ter all, they got mar­ried in an art gallery in front of a gag­gle of iron­i­cally ad­mir­ing hip­sters? Nope.

It gets worse for Leo once Paige’s for­mer fi­ance ( Scott Speed­man) and her pushy posh par­ents ( Sam Neill and Jes­sica Lange) en­ter the picture.

And it is here I can as­sure you the fun is only just get­ting started.

Def­i­nitely one for avid chick- flick­ers and, of course, the SBIGBOG crowd.

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