Dear John is an American romantic drama starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried. It was released theatrically in the United States on February 5, 2010. Directed by Lasse Hallström, the film is an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel of the same name. It shows the life of a young soldier who falls for an idealistic college girl. They decide to exchange letters to each other after he is deployed to the war.
Special Forces Army Sergeant John Tyree is home on a temporary leave. He meets Savannah Curtis, a college student who is on spring break, after he dives into the ocean to retrieve Savannah's purse that had fallen off the pier. For the smitten soldier it is practically love at first sight. In a matter of days a budding romance occurs and Savannah falls deeply in love with John. He returns to the Army and they begin a long distance relationship through handwritten letters. John believes that year will be his final year of enlistment but, following the 9/11 attacks, he is torn between returning home and his sense of duty. Over the next years, the couple is separated by John’s increasingly dangerous deployments and their love is put to test. While meeting only sporadically, they stay in touch by sending a continuous stream of love letters overseas which keeps him going. However, this loving and heartfelt correspondence would ultimately yield consequences that neither the brave soldier nor his one true love could have ever foreseen.