This 2012 movie stars Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum and is inspired by a true story.
Paige (McAdams) and her husband Leo Collins (Tatum) are on their way home when an accident plunges Paige into a deep coma. When she regains consciousness, she has lost all memory of the last five years of her life. She does not know Leo is her husband, not understanding how he would not have met her parents before; she can’t remember why she quite law school halfway; she does not remember that she is a sculptor; she does not remember her broken engagement to Jeremy (Scott Speedman); she does not remember why she has not been in touch with her parents and her friends.
Paige needs evidence that she is married to Leo, and decides to go back with him, hoping it would help her regain her memory. Instead she becomes more confused and stressed, so she calls her mother (Jessica Lange) and decides to stay with her parents as her sister (Jessica McNamee) is getting married soon. Under the influence of her father (Sam Neill), Paige goes back to law school and Leo signs the divorce papers.
This is when the past starts to come back to Paige. After a chance meeting with her former best friend (Sarah Carter), she confronts her mother who makes a rather shocking revelation. Paige leaves the family home and goes back to her own apartment. Six months later, Paige discovers her wedding vows stashed away in a box among her art supplies. She then goes and look for Leo…
I did not have any expectations (because I’ve always thought movies with Channing Tatum in them always don’t have a good plot, though I may be biased), so I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the movie. This could be partly due to the fact that it is based on a true story (photographs of the couple and their children are shown just before the end credits). I like how the plot weaves in and out of different time periods seamlessly, how there are many layers to the story, and how charming (and sometimes funny) it is. There is nostalgia, and it touches the heartstrings (I especially love the scene in which Paige confronts her mother and the answer given – that is one of the most touching scenes and affirms Lange as a great actress). I also like that the ending is open, yet optimistic.