Movie critics often cite "predictability" as a negative. However, anyone who frequents a favorite restaurant or returns to a special vacation spot is counting on this factor.
I imagine the same comfort of familiarity is sought by fans of romantic comedies. The "rom com" has been a mainstay of cinema almost as long as movies have existed. Most often, the plot follows a well-established, tried-and-true formula. The protagonists meet, initially despise each other, eventually realize they've fallen in love long after the audience has figured it out, and presumably live happily ever after.
The new film "Letters to Juliet" doesn't stray far from this successful formula, even though it does have the distinction of two parallel love stories. In this film, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is a fact-checker for the New Yorker with aspirations to be a writer. She is engaged to budding restaurateur Victor (Gael Garcia Bernal). The two are taking a "pre-honeymoon" vacation to Verona, Italy, where they will sightsee while Victor finds cheese, olive oil and wine suppliers for his new restaurant.