This is the ninth Nicholas Sparks novel to be adapted for the big screeb, following the likes of ‘The Notebook’, ‘Dear John’ and ‘The Best of Me’.

That trend is in decline though, with falling box office and a struggle to attract well-known actors.

Meandering through nighttime streets pulsing with energy and possibility, they fall into a winding and carefree conversation, buoyed by an undeniable attraction.

This is the most bare bones Sparks yet with nothing whatsoever outside of his usual formula – i.e.

love triangle, North Carolina, tragic accident, predictable plot.

The trailer has some remarking that it looks made by the Hong King tourism board and is a ‘Before Sunrise’ riff without the depth, and while this may have shades of truth, the excellent festival reviews say it’s an authentic, relatable and pleasant watch.

Toula (Vardalos) now works in the family restaurant and her fed-up, smothered teen daughter is contemplating college in another state.

Toula’s husband (Corbett) feels like he’s not getting the attention he needs.

When her parents discover they were never legally married, planning begins for a golden oldie re-wedding that just might bring them all together…‘How To Be’ could have been a great ode to the /benefits/ of being single (also not constantly chasing sex), but instead is basically just another passable, sometimes witty, forgettable rom-com where the destination is coupling-up.Indie romantic-dramedy about a young woman (Hall) who’s struggling to move on after the death of her husband, an acclaimed folk singer.Gabby (Palmer, ‘Warm Bodies’) is a feisty medical student who’s preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend (Welling, ‘Smallville’).When she moves next door to him an irresistible attraction sparks, that upends both their lives.Meanwhile her 40-something doctor sister (Mann) refuses to have a baby or any form of relationship, before she falls into dating a much younger man.