Based of the bestselling Nicholas Sparks novel, The Notebook is one of the most tender and moving love stories of all time – and easily one of our most requested throwback classics.
At a modern-day nursing home, an elderly man, Duke (James Garner), reads a romantic story from his notebook to a fellow patient Allie (Gena Rowlands). A tale of star-crossed lovers which takes place in 1940s South Carolina, the story is about a young mill worker (Ryan Gosling) and a rich girl (Rachel McAdams) who are desperately in love, despite her parents’ deep and vocal disapproval. Over the years, their lives continue to intersect and reconnect, as everything from war to the pressures of family and adulthood threaten to continue to keep them apart.
A box office smash that launched the Nicholas Sparks Film Adaptation Craze – and easily the best of the bunch – The Notebook is a veritable tear-jerker if there ever was one, and a timeless reminder that true love never dies.
Directed by Nick Cassavetes. 2004. 123 minutes. Rated PG-13.
“How rare to see a film that says there is still a value system out there, that being thoughtful and caring is not uncool.” — Rex Reed, New York Observer
“You can’t write off The Notebook as just another tearjerker because the characters are brought to life in such elegant fashion.” — Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
“A determined and often affecting romance that doesn’t speak down to audiences.” — Robert Koehler, Variety