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Updated: 01/25/2018 08:30:03AM

Country singer romance hits a sour note

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Jessica Rothe and Alex Roe "Forever My Girl."


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‘“Forever My Girl” tells the story of Liam Page (Alex Roe), a budding country singer who leaves his Louisiana hometown to pursue his dreams. He also leaves behind his high-school sweetheart, Josie Preston (Jessica Rothe), who was waiting at a church in a wedding dress. Eight years later, a world-famous Liam returns to town and finds that Josie is still single. Can Liam make amends and win back the love he threw away?

The movie spins a fantasy that seems to me distinctly male: the ex-girlfriend who never got over you. That’s all Josie is — an old flame, frozen in time, waiting patiently for her man’s return. Just about anyone with a level head would see “Forever My Girl” as the story of a narcissist manipulating a naive doormat. But the film’s creators — Heidi McLaughlin, who wrote the source novel, and writer-director Bethany Ashton Wolf — see it as the stuff of romance.

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