Why the Movie "The Notebook" Is Frustratingly Bad, But Still Worth It

Notebook Movie Quotes Are Full of Tender Love

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The Notebook Movie. Credit: Ray Mickshaw / Contributor/Getty Images

If you are a big fan of date movies, you may not have missed The Notebook, released in 2004. A popular movie of that time, The Notebook has achieved a cult status for its memorable scenes, and touching love story. But is the movie all that good as it is made out to be?

What Makes The Notebook a Celebrated, Much Discussed, Romantic movie?

To answer this question, you must get into the mind of a young teen who turned 13 in 2004.

This was the time when movies like Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman, and Sleepless in Seattle had already left an indelible mark in the romantic movie genre. The Notebook comes along, promising to be much like its predecessors, and hoping to rake in big money because of the popularity of the novel on which this movie is based. Nicholas Sparks is an established romantic writer, and his books have a huge fan following too.

The young, over-the-top, summer love loving teenager could not get enough of this movie which is studded with the best kisses and romantic scenes in almost every frame. And who can forget the drool worthy, dreamy eyes of Ryan Gosling, who can make every teen girl walk into the honey trap?

Though the movie was made in 2004, it is set in 1994. So it has a Gone With the Wind kind of feel to it. With the soft tones to simple cinematography, The Notebook stirs a passion in the heart.

Now What Is Not So Good About the Movie?

You don't need to be romance-hating, logically challenged twit to see the gaping holes in the movie plot. There are many people who love the innocent charm of the two young teens in love, but those who are not smitten by infatuation, can clearly see red in many parts of the movie.

If you have not read the book or watched the movie, here is a spoiler alert warning. You may want to read this article later if you have not already watched the movie. My 3 pet peeves about this movie that makes me want to rethink about watching it again.

1. Noah Is a Reckless Lover. You Wouldn't Want to Give Away Your Daughter to a Self-Destructive Machine.

When I watched the movie, I almost dropped my bowl of popcorn when Noah dangled on a bar atop a ferris wheel, trying to get the object of his infatuation to agree to a date. Now, which girl in her right mind would want to date a psychopath, who blackmails the girl into submission? Then in another scene, when Noah and Allie go out on a date, Noah encourages Allie to lie down in the middle of a street next to the traffic lights and look at the sky. Imagine that! Is that anybody's idea of a perfect date? To get your clothes soiled, risk being squished to pulp, all for some cheap thrill? Clearly, something is not right here.

2. Noah and Allie Split Up Because Allie's Parents Think He's Not a Rich Kid.

I don't blame the parents. Every parent wants to ensure that their child is well provided for. So, if Allie's parents dissuade her from meeting Noah, they did it for all the right reasons.

However naive love can sometimes be a little stupid. Noah takes offense to Allie's parents' assessment of his abilities, and realizing that he can never keep up with Allie's lifestyle, he breaks ups with her.

My question to Noah: Why did you not realize this earlier? Did you really think love feeds on air? Did you not know that Allie was a rich princess, and way beyond your league, monetarily speaking? Why did Allie have to bear the brunt of your  insecurity, Mr. Loverboy? What had she done to make you believe that she would not cope?

3. 365 Letters and Not a Single Response From Allie. Isn't That Strange?

In the days of the Internet, I find letter writing a cute habit. But what I wondered was, how come Noah never suspected that his letters were not reaching his ladylove? What world was he operating from?

His first meeting with Allie's parents should have given him a hint. And what about Allie? Since she was so into Noah's family and friend circle, could she not have networked better? Could she not have found out what truly happened to Noah? 

I could go on with many more gaping holes in the story. But then, love is blind. If you are a true romantic, give your logical head a rest and watch the movie with your heart. Despite the weak storyline, the actors did a class job of their respective roles. Ryan Gosling sizzles with his hazel eyes, and Allie exudes a refreshing dose of innocence on screen. Their passionate lovemaking, toe-curling kisses, and delicate romantic scenes make the movie worth a watch.

For me, these The Notebook movie quotes were a treat to the ears. They bring out the essence of a timeless love story. Young love is irrational, beautiful, and fresh as dew. Your heart goes out to the loving couple, just as it goes out to the old couple. Here are some of the most memorable quotes from the movie The Notebook. Read it and reminisce your first crush or first date, and reflect how that felt.

Duke
She agreed with all her heart but couldn't understand why, at the moment she said yes, Noah's face came to mind.

Duke is reading the story of Noah and Allie in a hospital to an old lady. He tells her about how Allie responds to Lon's marriage proposal.

Duke
She had come back into his life like a sudden flame, blazing and streaming into his heart. Noah stayed up all night contemplating the certain agony he knew would be his if he were to lose her twice.

Duke reads out the part of the story, where Noah sees Allie after their breakup. He describes how he felt about seeing her after a long time.


Quotes From Noah

My Dearest Allie:
I couldn't sleep last night because I know that it's over between us. I'm not bitter any more, because I know that what we had was real. And if in some distant place in the future we see each other in our new lives, I'll smile at you with joy and remember how we spent the summer beneath the trees, learning from each other and growing in love. The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds, and that's what you've given me. That's what I hope to give to you forever. I love you. I'll be seeing you. Noah.

Noah writes 365 letters to Allie. This is an excerpt from one of the letters. This is rated as one of the best love letters written in movies.

Noah
Would you stop thinking about what everyone wants? Stop thinking about what I want, what he wants, what your parents want. What do YOU want? What do you WANT?

Noah and Allie have a big fight after their reunion.

Noah
It's not about keeping your promises, and it's not about following your heart. It's about security.

Noah
I could be fun, if you want. I could be pensive, uhh...smart, superstitious, brave? And I, uhh, I can be light on my feet. I could be whatever you want. You just tell me what you want, and I'm gonna be that for you.


Noah
The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That's what I hope to give you forever.

Noah
You're bored! You're bored and you know it! You wouldn't be here if there weren't something missing.

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