• The Notebook (2004)

The Notebook

Release Date: June 25th, 2004

DVD Release Date: February 8th, 2005

PG-13 |2 hr 4 min

Plot Summary

In 1940s South Carolina, mill worker Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and rich girl Allie (Rachel McAdams) are desperately in love. But her parents don't approve. When Noah goes off to serve in World War II, it seems to mark the end of their love affair. In the interim, Allie becomes involved with another man (James Marsden). But when Noah returns to their small town years later, on the cusp of Allie's marriage, it soon becomes clear that their romance is anything but over.

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, Gena Rowlands, James Marsden, Kevin Connolly, Sam Shepard, Joan Allen

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Genres: Romance , Drama

Production Co: New Line Cinema, Avery Pix

Distributors: New Line Cinema

Keywords: Small town, Soldier, 2000s, Transformation, Love triangle, Love, Touching, Emotional, 1940s, Rousing

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    May be corny, but it's also absorbing, sweet and powerfully acted. It's a film about falling in love and looking back on it, and it avoids many of the genre's syrupy dangers. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 40
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    Mercilessly plodding pacing, problematic character motivations and a fundamental lack of chemistry between the two star-crossed lovers in question don't do a lot to help its cause. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)