First and foremost let me tell you I was MOVED when I saw the REAL couple known at Kim and Krickett Carpenter on Oprah (when Oprah was still on doing the Oprah show) and then I found out they had a book which the lovely Jessica aka The Kentucky Priss sent to me.
I read the book in one day. It was a quick read. I got teary eyed from the book.
This movie DOES NOT do the real Couple any justice.
Here are the differences and there are tons :(
The Movie Versus Reality
Differences between the movie and real life events.
|Leo & Paige||Kim & Krickitt|
|Husband = musician /owner of recording studio||Husband = baseball coach/San Juan County CEO|
|Wife = fun-loving, artist, vegetarian.||Wife = fun-loving, gymnist, devout Christian|
|Wife dislikes her family before the accident.||Wife always loved her family.|
|Leo never met wife's dad.||Kim asks for the dad's approval before he proposes.|
|Wife did not keep a journal or diary.||Wife kept a diary.|
|Husband signs divorce papers.||Husband would not consider divorce, only separation.|
|Leo asks Paige to move in (prior to marriage)||Kim never asked Krickitt to move in.|
|Pre-marital sex||They waited until marriage.|
|Ex fiance tries to re-date wife after the accident||No ex gets involved, although she remembers one.|
|Husband is the one driving when accident happens.||Wife was the one driving.|
|Accident happens on a city street||Accident happened on the highway|
|Wife does not appear too banged up after accident.||Wife was bruised & bloody, unrecognizable in hospital.|
|Wife wakes up very soon after accident.||Wife is in coma for weeks before waking up.|
|Coma was medically induced.||Coma was a direct result of the accident.|
|Couple = non-religious||Couple = Christian faith plays key role in relationship.|
I was let down because the book, THE TRUE STORY was so moving. The movie changed so much I spent half the time going "Wait that wasn't in the book ---that didn't happen" and I only did this because it was suppose to be based on a TRUE STORY!!!
I get that film makers often EDIT content out for time allotted purposes. But they went overboard with all the switch ups in this movie.
If you are expecting to see the NOTEBOOK type love story--skip it. Wait to rent. Didn't have the same "spark" that Rachel and Ryan had in The Notebook.