'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
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"Safe Haven" belongs to the specialty genre of romantic thriller about an abused woman often derided as fit for the Lifetime cable network. Even by that dismal standard, "Safe Haven" is a bit of a clunker.
It's easy to understand why Hollywood loves doing business with author Nicholas Sparks. His books are huge best-sellers, and several of the films adapted from his novels _ "Message in a Bottle," "The Notebook," and "Dear John" _ have achieved impressive box office grosses. The latest Sparks adaptation, "Safe Haven," will probably continue his winning streak, especially with its Valentine's Day opening pegged to lure female fans. A thriller element that has not been present in earlier Sparks movies is designed to draw reluctant male viewers to see the picture, but they won't respond with the same enthusiasm as his core audience of woozy romantics.