You’ve never known love until you’ve kissed in the pouring rain. I’ve come to believe this is a fact of life after watching one too many movies written by Nicholas Sparks (e.g., “The Notebook” and “Nights in Rodanthe”). Other facts include: You should never ever stop dieting, even after you hit 35, in case you run into old boyfriends, which is bound to happen; and old boyfriends remain handsome forever — they never grow old or put on weight.

All these things occur with a vengeance in “The Best of Me,” the latest heart-rending date movie based on a novel written by Sparks, which pairs Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden as high school lovers who reunite after … what has it been, 20 years?

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