The Notebook

The Notebook

Nick Cassavetes (2003)

12 Certificate


Our Score
A shameless tear-jerker and as corny as they come, this nevertheless 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.


An elderly man reads a love story to a woman in a nursing home, from an old notebook full of sentimental scribblings about a passionate young couple whose fledgling affair is smothered almost before it has begun. Romantic drama, starring Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands and James Garner.

Cast & Crew

Noah Calhoun Ryan Gosling
Allie Hamilton Rachel McAdams
Allie Calhoun Gena Rowlands
Duke James Garner
Lon Hammond James Marsden
Fin Kevin Connolly
Frank Calhoun Sam Shepard
Anne Hamilton Joan Allen
Director Nick Cassavetes
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Some swearing and sex scenes.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray