Some Nicholas Sparks novels translate beautifully to the big screen (The Notebook); others, not so much (A Walk to Remember). Nights in Rodanthe is one that would've been best left to Hallmark Channel.

Some Nicholas Sparks novels translate beautifully to the big screen (The Notebook); others, not so much (A Walk to Remember). Nights in Rodanthe is one that would've been best left to Hallmark Channel.

The movie abandons the story-told-in-flashback structure of the novel and instead sets the romance between Adrienne (Diane Lane), a divorced mother who escapes to the coast to consider her cheating ex's plea to reunite, and Paul (Richard Gere), a plastic surgeon in town to visit the family of a patient who died inexplicably, in the present day.

Despite Paul arriving at the inn a selfish big-city jerk and Adrienne being an emotionally fragile wreck who can't stop talking about her ex, they quickly fall in love. Well, of course - they're two incredibly attractive people riding out a hurricane together in an empty coastal inn.

But this isn't just some fling. It's a life-changing romance that, in a matter of days, transforms Paul from a guy who rarely talks to his son to one who writes passionate love letters. It brings Adrienne out of her self-pitying shell and in touch with her inner artist. The message - your romantic partner should bring out the best in you - is nice, but it's still hard to buy these total transformations.

"Nights in Rodanthe"

Opens Friday

Grade: C-

Still, if you liked The Notebook, this may appeal to you, and if you're easily choked up, bring some tissues.