This adaptation of Jojo Moyes's best-seller (scripted by the novelist herself) might have the structure of a comfort-food weepie, but it's a rom-com with brains.
Isn't that romantic? No, it's really not.
Fans of the best-selling novel by Jojo Moyes will be heartened to hear that she wrote the screenplay, too, and that she has preserved all the lines that - when read aloud - will provide much mirth at your next dinner party.
Such a wonderfully uncynical movie that it almost doesn't matter that it isn't very good.
It's not perfect - there are times when the pacing is off and the epilogue tries too hard to end things on a positive note - but it's effective and affecting.
The only real acting in this movie comes from Janet McTeer and Charles Dance as Will's aggrieved parents. They bring some ballast to this blubberfest.
Keeping any reality out of this love story does audiences - and people with handicaps - no favors. After all, kisses do sometimes need to be flavored with a few tears.
This film cost $20-million to make and, at its heart, is a glossy, live-action Beauty and the Beast, with a quadriplegic in the role of non-human animal.
Clarke's sparkle is similar to when Julia Roberts graced the screen in "Pretty Woman." Get used to her, she'll be around for awhile.