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The Notebook

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 2003
  • Nick Cassavetes
  • 118 mins
  • 12A

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 dementia.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Noah CalhounRyan Gosling
Allie HamiltonRachel McAdams
DukeJames Garner
Allie CalhounGena Rowlands
Lon James Marsden
FinKevin Connolly
John HamiltonDavid Thornton
Anne HamiltonJoan Allen
Frank CalhounSam Shepard

Crew

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DirectorNick Cassavetes

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment
Released on
2004-06-25
Languages
English
Guidance
Some swearing and sex scenes.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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