The Notebook

  • 12
  • Nick Cassavetes (2003)
  • US
  • 118 min
The Notebook
Film Review
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3 out of 5

A shameless tear-jerker and as corny as they come, this retro romantic drama skilfully pushes all the right emotional buttons. The movie opens in the present day with elderly James Garner reading to nursing-home resident Gena Rowlands from an old notebook. We then flash back 60 years to the events chronicled in the journal - an ill-starred teenage romance between poor country boy Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, the daughter of rich city folk. There are no prizes for guessing the connection between the two couples. Slickly made by Rowlands's son, Nick Cassavetes, the film benefits from uniformly excellent performances from a quality cast that includes Joan Allen and Sam Shepard. Cassavetes should have taken his foot off the slush pedal more often, but if you're in the mood for melodrama, this weepie could be just the ticket.

Plot Summary

Romantic drama starring Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner and Gena Rowlands. The story of an ill-fated teenage romance helps an old man to bring the love of his life back from the shadowlands of senile dementia.

Cast and crew

Cast

Noah Calhoun
Ryan Gosling
Allie Hamilton
Rachel McAdams
Duke
James Garner
Allie Calhoun
Gena Rowlands
Lon
James Marsden
Fin
Kevin Connolly
John Hamilton
David Thornton
Anne Hamilton
Joan Allen
Frank Calhoun
Sam Shepard

Crew

Director
Nick Cassavetes

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Entertainment
Guidance: 
Some swearing and sex scenes.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 25 Jun 2004
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Entertainment in Video Ltd
Categories
Drama

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