This Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer was the first of two worst new films of the week on February 5. Here's why it's a contender for the RAZZIES:
*Nicholas Sparks adaptations usually need a major RAZZIE star to compete, such as Kevin Costner in Message In A Bottle or Miley "Hannah Montana" Cyrus in The Last Song. The Choice has the second lowest approval rating above The Best of Me (2014), with an 11% Tomatometer approval rating and 24% Metascore.
*Critics dismissed it as a "weepie", and called the title a misnomer, owing to the script, where the female lead is written to be indecisive about what she wants in life. Many "choices" seem to be made for her, not by her.
*If The King's Daughter (beta name The Moon And The Sun), gets released this year and gets panned by critics, Benjamin Walker, who already competed once for Worst Actor of 2012 for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, might have two films to buffer each other and boost his odds for Worst Actor of 2016.
*Teresa Palmer might be a major competitor for Worst Actress if her upcoming horror thriller, Lights Out, fails its film festival pre-screening on June's Day (June 1).
*Walker and Palmer have great odds at Worst Screen Combo as a couple, stiff competition notwithstanding.
I saw it. For your consideration:
-Worst Actor for Benjamin Walker.
The Choice has the second lowest approval rating above The Best of Me (2014), with an 11% Tomatometer approval rating
And the consensus reads: "Like the 10 Nicholas Sparks movies before it, this film finds tragedy striking star-crossed lovers in the sun-dappled South -- yet even for those who loved its predecessors, this gauzy melodrama may feel painfully formulaic."