Picks and Pans Review: Nights in Rodanthe

updated 10/06/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/06/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Richard Gere, Diane Lane | PG-13


When you spend more time focused—and not in a "that's so hot" way—on the snug fit of a male character's jeans than on what else is happening onscreen, it's a good indication that a movie is in trouble. Would the 50-something ace surgeon whom Gere plays in this mawkish romantic drama really sport denims this suffocatingly tight? And isn't he uncomfortable walking in them?

Nights in Rodanthe is based on yet another bestselling tearjerker by author Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook). It tells how the divorced doc and an artist-housewife (Lane), who's separated from her cheating husband (Christopher Meloni), find a second shot at love while ensconced at a scenic inn on North Carolina's Outer Banks. Pros Lane and Gere know how to turn up the heat, but Nights is just a limp Lifetime TV movie dressed up with movie stars.

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