This is an entertaining, Saturday night-type love story that you will probably enjoy if you don't think too deeply about it. Surprisingly convincing acting from Richard Gere and some really moving moments from Diane Lane. I actually bought it because I'm partial to movies that are set at the beach (The Outer Banks, N.C., in this case). I also liked the fact that Gere and Lane both have quite a few undisguised lines on their faces. They looked like real people, not movie stars. The ending was really touching, if not what I was hoping for. (No happy endings here, I regret to say.)
I did, however, find it odd that the clothes of the principal characters while in Rodanthe were always blue, from start to finish. I couldn't figure out why. In fact, everything in the movie was blue. Even the daughter's eyeliner on a close-up shot was blue. Now, I love blue, but I wasn't sure what point the director was trying to get across. There were also some pretty unrealistic moments, like when the kids came home and their mother was sitting at the kitchen table in a semi-catatonic state. Come on, now! We get that she's grief-stricken, but that was a little much. And Gere's son showing up so quickly with his box. And the mysterious herd of horses. These are the sorts of details that intruded on my viewing pleasure. But perhaps they won't intrude on yours.
So get your blue jeans on and hope your husband will watch it with you. Or not.