Love means never having to say, "Thank you, Jesus," in this unabashedly old-fashioned melodrama, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks (who also penned the lachrymose Message in a Bottle
), and aimed squarely at young fans of pop-tart Mandy Moore. Landon Carter (Shane West) is your typical high school bad-ass, whom we first meet as he's being hauled off to jail in the wake of a gang-initiation prank that's gone awry. But he's also smart (he wants to go to medical school) and more sensitive than he lets on the kid's tight with his mom (a shockingly aged Daryl Hannah) for Heaven's sake! Naturally, Landon falls in love with class geek-freak Jamie Sullivan ...