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The Notebook

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Director: Nick Cassavetes

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner


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Directed by Nick Cassavetes, this adaptation of author Nicholas Sparks's bestselling novel revolves around Noah Calhoun's (James Garner) regular visits to a female patron (Gena Rowlands) of an area nursing home. Rather than bore her with the inanities of everyday life, Calhoun reads from an old, faded notebook containing the sweeping account of a young couple (Ryan


Directed by Nick Cassavetes, this adaptation of author Nicholas Sparks's bestselling novel revolves around Noah Calhoun's (James Garner) regular visits to a female patron (Gena Rowlands) of an area nursing home. Rather than bore her with the inanities of everyday life, Calhoun reads from an old, faded notebook containing the sweeping account of a young couple (Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams) whose love affair was tragically put to a halt after their separation in the midst of World War II. Seven years later, the couple was reunited, and, despite having taken radically different paths, they found themselves unable to resist the call of a second chance. The Notebook also features Joan Allen, Sam Shepard, and Kevin Connolly. ~ Tracie Cooper

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
If you enjoy a good old-fashioned “weepie,” this dreamlike adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestseller ought to be right up your alley. Simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking, The Notebook tells a deceptively simple and, indeed, familiar tale. It’s all about the star-crossed romance of small-town boy Noah (Ryan Gosling) and pampered princess Allie (Rachel McAdams), who are thrown together one summer just before World War II. Allie’s upper-class parents insist that Noah isn’t right for their precious daughter and whisk her back to their hometown, where a dashing young lawyer (James Marsden) sweeps her off her feet. Fate reunites Noah and Allie after the war, and that’s when the story really gets interesting. We see this intimate tale being spun in a present-day retirement home, read from a notebook by an old gentleman (James Garner) to a friend suffering from Alzheimer’s (Gena Rowlands). Viewers won’t be unduly strained to figure out how the current narrative relates to the 1940s part of the plot, but it doesn’t matter because that’s not what’s important. Director Nick Cassavetes (Blow) gives this timeworn material a contemporary spin, eliciting naturalistic performances from Gosling and McAdams and building to a predictable but nonetheless affecting climax. The period portions of the story have the same rich texture found in such nostalgic romances as The Way We Were and Summer of ‘42, with which The Notebook compares favorably. At one time movies like this one were called “three-hanky jobs” by cynical critics, and with good reason: When the closing credits rolled where we caught it, there wasn’t a dry eye in the theater.
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The only way The Notebook resembles anything on Nick Cassavetes's resumé is that it features his mother, Gena Rowlands. But this departure is a good thing. Too fixated early in his career on (poorly) imitating the gritty mannerisms of his father, iconoclast filmmaker John Cassavetes, the younger Cassavetes gives himself over here to a lyrical romance that takes place mostly in the 1940s. The clean production design of a period piece suits him well, and while it may not be grubby-fingernails real, The Notebook carries with it an undeniable believability. Nicholas Sparks's novel contains plenty of pat scenarios, but they possess a wonderful third dimension in the hands of the film's two exciting central performers: Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling. Both are effortlessly charming and likeable, giving fine personage to the young lovers who struggle against society's expectations of them. McAdams in particular is a revelation, proving as effective a flawed protagonist as she was an icy backstabber in Mean Girls -- though this is much subtler work. Adults who see The Notebook as a teen romance, despite its wartime setting, should be heartened by the Oscar nominees who fill out the cast, as Joan Allen and James Garner join Rowlands to add credibility. Although the framing story involving Garner and Rowlands sometimes seems like a distraction, it has a fulfilling enough resolution to work in concert with the main narrative. The constant between both time periods is Cassavetes's camera, which has the liberated feel of a child breaking free from his father's influence. John Cassavetes may not have shot many rowboats on swan-filled lakes, but his son seems to have matured to the realization that this, too, is a legitimate form of honest storytelling.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; 12 deleted scenes with optional director commentary; Featurettes: ; All in the family: Nick Cassavetes ; Nicholas Sparks: A simple story, well told ; Southern exposure: Locating the Notebook ; Casting Rachel and Ryan; Director Nick Cassavetes commentary ; Novelist Nicholas Sparks commentary ; Rachel McAdams screen test

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Notebook
1. Main Titles [3:16]
2. No One Special [1:51]
3. First Sight [5:31]
4. The Late Show [8:32]
5. An Improbable Romance [9:04]
6. Dream House [8:32]
7. "He's Not for You" [6:24]
8. A World of Change [10:47]
9. Noah Returns [3:39]
10. Labor of Love [2:21]
11. The Past Returns [1:30]
12. Lost and Found [3:17]
13. Lake Outing [10:22]
14. Out of the Rain [6:10]
15. Shi's the One [3:54]
16. Morning Drive [3:09]
17. "What Do You Want?" [7:04]
18. Happily Ever After [6:39]
19. "I'll Never Leave You" [9:03]
20. End Credits [7:00]


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The Notebook 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 251 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual, Sparks doesn't disappoint with "The Notebook" as he weaves the tale of two teenagers, Noah and Allie, who meet one fateful summer and fall in love. Since the course of true love is never smooth, it should come as no surprise that Allie's parents do not approve of her relationship with Noah. He does not have the education, money, or social prominence they wish for their daughter. Allie and her parents move away and Noah writes to her for years, but after never receiving an answer gives up. WWII comes, lives change, but one thing remains constant---neither Allie nor Noah can forget the other. As Noah's friend Gus tells him, first love changes your life forever and no matter what else happens in your life, the memory of it stays with you. And so it is that fourteen years later and three weeks before her wedding, Allie finds herself driving to New Bern to find Noah for reasons she herself does not fully understand. Their reunion proves once again that they are true soul-mates, but it that enough? Can Allie forsake the "perfect mate" who has not only her love but also the approval of her parents? Can she walk out on Noah for a second time? Will Noah let her go? The story then skips to the nursing home where an 80-year old Noah resides and spends his time reading poetry to his fellow residents. But down the hall is a very special woman. The reader will be overcome with emotion as this relationship unfolds and the missing pieces of Noah and Allie's story are revealed in the notebook he carries with him. Intensely romantic and a tribute to the power of true love. A True tear jerker.
Beverley68 More than 1 year ago
This movie taken from a novel by Nicholas Sparks is everything you would want it to be. It's romance at it's best. It's a look into a lifetime of love through the eyes of an aging couple and done with supurb acting on the parts of everyone involved. One of my very favorites!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. it was so cute in the begging and throughout it was very well made!!!!
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celineM More than 1 year ago
truly extravagant,its really worth watching over and over again...
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Yellowenglish More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie because it¿s romantic, a good story and its amazing. The movie is about two teenagers named Allie and Noah fell in love on a summer romance. They were quickly separated by Allies rich parents who didn¿t think that Noah wasn¿t right for her. Many years pasted away and when they meet again it was as if they fell in love all over again. Then Allie had to choose between Noah and her Fiancee This move is romantic because Allie and Noah fell in love by a night to then selves out watching the stop light and dancing in the road. Then when Allie was gone Noah bought the house he wanted and fixed it the way Allie said she wanted it. When Allie moved back to town for a couple days she went to Noah¿s house to visit him because she saw him in the news paper and fell back in love with him and so she dumped her Fiancee so she could marry Noah. Then at the end Noah and Allie die together in the same bed. This movie is a great love story because Noah and Allie have a life time love when there far away from each other. This movie is amazing because the actors in the movie is like it really happening right I front of you. When Allie and Noah is mad they really look mad because, they scream at each other and slap each other and everything a mad couple would do, In he movie when there sad they look like there really upset when they start to tear up and start crying. It¿s just so amazing and realistic get it now. You seriously need to buy The Notebook right away. So get off your lazy butt off the computer and get it now! You will NEVER regret buying this movie! This movie is just wonderful! You will love it and I know that for a fact. You can get it at Wal Mart K mart anywhere! That¿s the great part about it! If you have Netflix or anything like that watch it now!
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Bogan More than 1 year ago
This movie is both touching and sad. Johnnyme you are intitled to your own opinion but i must say i disagree. This movie is not about adultrey, its about how we make mistakes and how we are not perfect because we are only human. But this woman is a little strange i'll admit. I dont get her. i understand her point of view however....
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librachic More than 1 year ago
Ah,the classic movie that everyone has watched or has heard about,So utterly romantic and touching and also so heartbreaking.A beautiful story of two unlikely loves and how they overcame everything,The last part where Noah as an old man reads their story to a dementia stricken Allie and having her finally remember was so sweet but the moment she forgot,it was so heart shattering for Noah and the watchers.I can now see why the notebook was so significant.Nicholas Sparks never disappoints when it comes to real romances.
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My wife has left me for reasons she knows best, but little does she know this is how I would take care of her till my dying breath. Some day she may realize this again before it's to late. This will be her last Christmas present from me, but hopefully she can shake the memories of her past to come home once more.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with the characters in the book so I had to see the movie the day it came out. Then I fell in love with the movie. The characters in the movie develope in an entirely different way than the book and each actor bring a new aspect to their character that sets it apart from the book and makes you forgett that you know whats going to happen becaues you fall so deep into the new story. I've seen it 4times and each time you learn somthing new about each person and are touched all the more deeply by the ending.