It's an extremely successful formula. Nine previous adaptations of Sparks' banal best sellers have netted about $800 million at the box office. But let's not be cynical — since no one in Sparksland ever is.
His blue eyes, high cheekbones and chiseled jaw have Clint Eastwood's genetic imprint. His toned pecs and abs are given nearly as much focus, since there's a target audience: women who like to swoon at the movies.