The Notebook

When you consider that old-fashioned tearjerkers are an endangered species in Hollywood, a movie like The Notebook can be embraced without apology. Yes, it's syrupy sweet and clogged with clichs, and one can only marvel at the irony of Nick Cassavetes directing a weeper that his late father John - whose own films were devoid of saccharine sentiment - would have sneered at.

Still, this touchingly impassioned and great-looking adaptation of the popular Nicholas Sparks novel has much to recommend, including appealing young costars (Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams) and appealing old costars (James Garner and Gena Rowlands, the director's mother) playing the same loving couple in (respectively) early 1940s and present-day North Carolina. He was poor, she was rich, and you can guess the rest; decades later, he's unabashedly devoted, and she's drifting into the memory-loss of senile dementia. How their love endured is the story preserved in the titular notebook that he reads to her in their twilight years. The movie's open to ridicule, but as a delicate tearjerker it works just fine. Message in a Bottle and A Walk to Remember were also based on Sparks novels, suggesting a triple-feature that hopeless romantics will cherish. --Jeff Shannon
Actor(s):
James Garner Rachel McAdams Gena Rowlands
Format:
DVD

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When you consider that old-fashioned tearjerkers are an endangered species in Hollywood, a movie like The Notebook can be embraced without apology. Yes, it's syrupy sweet and clogged with clichs, and one can only marvel at the irony of Nick Cassavetes directing a weeper that his late father John - whose own films were devoid of saccharine sentiment - would have sneered at.

Still, this touchingly impassioned and great-looking adaptation of the popular Nicholas Sparks novel has much to recommend, including appealing young costars (Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams) and appealing old costars (James Garner and Gena Rowlands, the director's mother) playing the same loving couple in (respectively) early 1940s and present-day North Carolina. He was poor, she was rich, and you can guess the rest; decades later, he's unabashedly devoted, and she's drifting into the memory-loss of senile dementia. How their love endured is the story preserved in the titular notebook that he reads to her in their twilight years. The movie's open to ridicule, but as a delicate tearjerker it works just fine. Message in a Bottle and A Walk to Remember were also based on Sparks novels, suggesting a triple-feature that hopeless romantics will cherish. --Jeff Shannon

Product details

Rating:
PG-13
Duration (sec):
7380
Director:
Nick Cassavetes
Animated:
false
Zone:
Region 2

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the notebook

the most romantic movie. shows you what true love is all about

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A true Love Story, if this is your film preference then its a must see. This film was the inspiration in me naming my son "Noah". watch this movie its awesome

The Notebook review

The Notebook is a romantic weepie with the usual formula: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy wins girl back, they marry and grow old together. However, it is undeniably beautiful and touching, and I don't think Ryan Gosling will ever make a film like this again, so buy it and enjoy it. It really is one of his better and more accessible movies.

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