Film (with rating): The Vow (PG-13)
After a horrific car accident, a young wife (Rachel McAdams) cannot remember
the past few years of her life, or her husband (Channing Tatum). He now must
figure out how to make her fall in love with him all over again.
Mother’s Day weekend, everyone. In honor of that, I decided to break out a
romance for your enjoyment. (Sure, I’d rather watch a horror movie or some
crazy actioner on Mother’s Day, but I know I’m a bit off.) Fans of “The
Notebook” or predictable yet satisfying romance movies featuring
love-conquers-all as the main theme will enjoy “The Vow.” It’s got
some of today’s biggest romance players with McAdams (of “The
Notebook” fame, by the way) and Tatum. To add more fuel to this romantic
fire and cause fans to swoon even more, the film is based on the true-life tale
of a couple that went through this same experience and wrote a book about it,
also titled “The Vow.”
The story begins with a wild and endearing courtship of
Paige and Leo, two independent and quirky Chicagoans. All too soon, their
happiness is shattered–literally–when Paige is thrown through the windshield in
the wake of a terrible car accident and falls into a coma. When she awakes
(without looking like she was just thrown through the windshield, of course),
she can’t remember Leo, doesn’t understand why she dresses like such a free
spirit and is basically a totally different person than the one Leo married.
But in true romance fashion, the dashing young hero won’t give up, and despite
many obstacles, he makes it his life’s mission to woo Paige and rekindle their
Now this is a romance, so don’t expect any real deviations
from the genre. Without issuing any spoilers, let me tell you that this film
won’t disappoint fans of love stories. McAdams is, as always, adorably charming
in this role, even if at times she seems a bit flat. Tatum, easy on the eyes as
he is, portrays Leo with a quiet strength. Overall, the quality of these two
leads helps push “The Vow” past likeable and into memorable.
“The Vow” does get greedy in the clich category, but fans of the
romance movie will most likely overlook those flaws.
What to serve for dinner: Let’s go with a pre-coma-Paige meal: waffles. Try
chocolate waffles served with whipped cream and sliced strawberries followed up
with a chocolate mojito.
Chocolate Waffles (foodnetwork.com)
7 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 1 1/2 cups
3/4 ounces sugar, approximately 3 tablespoons
1.5 ounces cocoa powder, approximately 1/2 cup
teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
whole eggs, beaten
ounces unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
teaspoon pure vanilla extract
ounces buttermilk, room temperature
ounces chocolate chips, approximately 3/4 cup
Vegetable spray, for waffle iron
Preheat waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions.
In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder,
salt, and baking soda. In another bowl beat together the eggs and melted butter
and vanilla, and then add the buttermilk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry
and stir in the chocolate chips just until combined. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
Ladle the recommended amount of waffle batter onto the
center of the iron. Close the iron top and cook until the waffle is crispy on
both sides and is easily removed from iron. Serve immediately or keep warm in a
200 degree F oven until ready to serve.
Chocolate Mojito (http://www.hersheysweetrecipes.com)
1 lime wedge
3 fresh mint leaves
1/2 ounce Torani White Chocolate Syrup
1 1/2 ounces Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
In a highball glass, put lime wedge, mint leaves and syrup.
Muddle together (crush ingredients using a special muddling tool or the back of
a teaspoon) to incorporate all ingredients. Add ice, rum, and top with club
soda. Stir, pulling the muddled ingredients to the top. Garnish with a fresh
sprig of mint.
Happy Mother’s Day to all!
What to talk about over dinner: What’s the most romantic thing your spouse has ever
done for you? That you’ve done for him or her? What was your favorite part of
this movie? The most “cheesy” part? What’s your favorite romance
ever? Do you like romantic movies or books more? Do you think this or “The
Notebook” was more romantic? Why? What would you do if you had to make
your spouse fall in love with you all over again? Did you think this movie was
more believable because it was based on a true story? Or was it too
“Hollywoodized?” Do you like romances or romantic comedies more? Who
is your favorite lead in a romance? Would this movie have worked with leads
other than McAdams and Tatum? If so, who?