Great Family Film
In todayís world of ďme, me, meĒ many families fall apart. Thatís the story in Forever My Girl. Itís about Liam Page (Alex Roe/The 5th Wave), who left his wife Josie Preston (Jessica Rothe/(Happy Death Day) at the altar in St. Augustine, Louisiana, to pursue a career as a country singer. Itís now eight years later and Liam has reached his goal. Heís a superstar with a well-known band. He gets a call from his dad, a local pastor, to come home and attend one of Liamís friendsí funeral.
Tired but needing to go, Liam receives an ok from his manager and heads home. He stays at his dadís house and gets more father/son advice than expected. During a few trips around town, Liam notices a lot of unfriendly stares from the locals. Naturally in a small town, it was obvious that Liam would run into Josie, and he does.
Rothe is wonderful portraying Josie. At her first glimpse of Liam, her facial expression mirrors the one on her face when she was told he was not coming to their wedding. (At that same time he had a call making him an offer for a spot in a band, which he took without talking to her.)
Itís not long before Liam discovers a small girl named Billy (Abby Ryder Forston), who is always with Josie. Could she possibly be his daughter? He approaches Josie, who -- although she has conversations with him -- still seems a little icy and appears to be holding back anything she feels for Liam.
Bethany Ashton Wolf adapted the screenplay from Forever My Girl, a book by Heidi McLaughlin. Wolf also directs. This interesting story emphasizes the changes in Josie, Liam, and Pastor Brian (John Benjamin Hickey), Liamís father.
The filmís love story also resonated with Wolf. ďI wouldnít say Iím a hopeless romantic ó I think Iím a hopeful romantic,Ē she said. ďI think love is at the heart of everything that we do as human beings. So whatever story Iím telling Iíll always infuse love and romance into it because everything we do in life involves that universal feeling and emotion.Ē
The sweetest part of this film involves music, forgiveness, laughter and love. Plus, wow can Forston sing and play a guitar! Forever My Girl ends up as a great film for families, young adults and teens.
(Released by Roadside Attractions and rated ďPG-13Ē for some sexual content and partial nudity.)
Review also posted at www.reviewexpress.com.