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A young woman comes to the coastal town of Seabrook, North Carolina in the 1940's to spend the summer with her family. Still in her teens, Allie Hamilton meets local boy Noah Calhoun at a Carnival. On the spot, Noah senses that he and Allie are meant to be together. Though she is a wealthy debutante and he a mill worker, over the course of one passionate and carefree summer in the South, the two fall deeply in love.
PROFANITY: 3 GD's, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Sexual situations involving teens. VIOLENCE: Some war combat footage; no blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use, including some by teens. ACTION: Some combat explosions. COMEDY: Some darkly humorous lines and situations.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Fans of sudsy romances will adore The Notebook, but the film fails to manipulate the intellect with the same effectiveness that it tweaks the emotions. The best thing that can be said about the movie is that it's a worthy antidote to the usual testosterone-driven summer fare, but, in its inability to effectively develop the modern aspect of the story, it fails to throw the tear-jerking emotional punch it might have achieved.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good Now here is a story that could have been a tearjerker, but -- no, wait, it is a tearjerker, it's just that it's a good one. The director is Nick Cassavetes, son of Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes, and perhaps his instinctive feeling for his mother helped him find the way past soap opera in the direction of truth.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average ...this melodramatic tear-jerker, which is based on a best-selling book by Nicholas Sparks, has a lot in common with those hyper-romantic works of art created for mass consumption: The world is a decidedly fictional one, vibrating with an intense and burnished glow. But a sense of reality and substance is lacking.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 175 moviegoer opinions. OUTSTANDING OPINIONS! Especially from the ladies, but the guys weren't too far behind. A very high percentage of "Fantastic" and "Excellent" opinions indicates a movie that people truly loved. Adults rarely give such high opinions.
And as I said, the guys also enjoyed "The Notebook" very much. I know it looks like a sappy love story and it is, but it's also very entertaining.
This is obviously a great date movie so guys take your lady to see "The Notebook." I predict this movie will become a Saturday afternoon classic like "Pretty Woman" and "You've Got Mail."
As a man (Garner) reads from a faded notebook to the woman (Rowlands) he
regularly visits, his words bring to life the story of a couple (Gosling and
McAdams) who are separated by class differences and World War II, then
passionately reunited 7 years later, after they have taken different paths.
Though her memory has faded, his words give her the chance to relive her
turbulent youth and the unforgettable love they shared.
A young woman comes to the coastal town of Seabrook, North Carolina in the 1940's to spend the summer with her family. Still in her teens, Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams) meets local boy Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) at a Carnival. On the spot, Noah senses that he and Allie are meant to be together. Though she is a wealthy debutante and he a mill worker, over the course of one passionate and carefree summer in the South, the two fall deeply in love.
Circumstances - and the sudden outbreak of World War II - drive them apart, but both continue to be haunted by memories of each other. When Noah returns home from the war years later, Allie is irrevocably gone from his life, but not from his heart.
Though Noah doesn't yet know it, Allie has come back to Seabrook, where they first fell in love. But now Allie is engaged to marry Lon (James Marsden), a wealthy soldier she met while volunteering in a GI hospital.