This blatantly sentimental story, based a best-selling tearjerker, gets the slick Hollywood treatment fans of the genre adore, but those with a limited capacity for hokum should steer clear. Single mom Theresa (Robin Wright Penn), a researcher
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scarred by divorce, is jogging on the beach when she stumbles across a heart-rending letter in a bottle. It's addressed to a dead beloved named Catherine and signed "G." Moved by the letter writer's honesty and heartfelt emotions, she eventually tracks this paragon
among men to North Carolina. Garret (Kevin Costner) turns out to be a handsome, taciturn shipbuilder whose wife died two years earli...