C-

 

“Midnight Sun” is about a teen girl (Bella Thorne) who has a disease that forces her to stay away from sunlight.  Her whole world is her house, her dad, and her best friend.  Only at night can she come out of the house, and even then she rarely does that.  One of her favorite things to do is watch a boy (Patrick Schwarzenegger) walk/skate by her house as he goes to school or swim practice.  After years of crushing on him, she finally meets him at night during one of her rare, late night excursions, and a romance slowly blossoms.  Wanting to be treated as a normal girl, Thorne doesn’t tell Schwarzenegger of her affliction, but this proves to be dangerous when both teens lose track of time.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Midnight Sun” is the scene when Thorne prepares her dad for the possibility of a worst case scenario, and she asks him to promise her that he will live a full life and do the things he hasn’t done because he was too busy caring for her.

I nickname this movie “Nicholas Sparks Lite” as it has many elements of a Sparks story, but done not as well.  These movies are emotionally manipulative — as are virtually every story ever told — and melodramatic to the point of being Kraft cheesy, but these things are to be expected of movies of this type (if you swim with sharks you don’t really have the right to complain that your foot got bit off).  My complaints about “Midnight Sun” are: Schwarzenegger’s lackluster acting skills and the dopey dialogue of the “meet cute” scenes.  Had the studio spent more time finding a more  talented actor to fill the role that Schwarzenegger took, and really fine tuning the script to get rid of the corny dialogue and expand the role of the “bitchy” teen girl to add more drama, “Midnight Sun” would have been a much better movie.   As it stands, it remains in the mediocre list.

— M

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