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Heroes of the Zeroes: The Notebook

Heroes of the Zeroes is Nick Rogers’ daily, alphabetical look back at the 365 best films of 2000-2009.

“The Notebook”
Rated PG-13
2004

No film boasting a PG-13 rating solely for sexuality promises pure chastity, so only an ignorant fool would revoke the man card of pals taken by 2004’s “The Notebook.”

As stubborn lovers Noah and Allie, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams shared voracious kisses and brought torrid heat to anticipated touches, bedroom passion and orgasmic shivers.

Yet “The Notebook” was no tawdry Harlequin hay-roll — mindful of racing minds in moments leading to lost virginity — and its love story wasn’t the stuff of googly-eyed chick flicks.

Lust is easy. Intimacy is hard. So was the creation of chemistry for many Zeroes romances. In Nick Cassavettes’ adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel, Gosling and McAdams spark something akin to cinematically everlasting magic. Other guys impress Allie, but Noah inspires her, and are dares to be the best for each other not the true definition of intimacy and romance?

That same magnetism once defined Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as onscreen lovers, and Gosling and McAdams maneuver “The Notebook” through the same occasionally choppy narrative waters as “Titanic.”

See past cheeseball-combat World War II scenes, an utter waste of James Marsden as the other man and interludes plowing through deaths in five minutes or less.

“The Notebook” excels most when contemplating love’s obligations and responsibilities, that unique balance of fire and calm. It’s tenderly bookended by James Garner and Gena Rowlands in a subplot where the head betrays what the heart can’t forget — a wrenching coda to one of the Zeroes’ most winning happily-ever-after romances.

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11 Responses to “Heroes of the Zeroes: The Notebook”

  1. […] The Film Yap’s Nick Rogers gushes: “Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams spark cinematically everlasting magic in a romance that’s no tawdry Harlequin hay-roll.” […]

  2. […] The Film Yap’s Nick Rogers gushes: “Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams spark cinematically everlasting magic in a romance that’s no tawdry Harlequin hay-roll.” […]

  3. [...] respects, “The Lucky One” doesn’t disappoint. Though the story lags more than “The Notebook” and “Dear John,” there are still a few genuinely touching moments — and plenty of [...]

  4. [...] season thus far. Leo, played by GQ stud Channing Tatum and Paige, played by Rachel McAdams from “The Notebook,” star side-by-side in this — an eye-candy pair so conventionally pretty it’s hard to keep [...]

  5. Nick Rogers says:

    Mary: I didn’t even know there was a sequel, but then again, I’ve not read "The Notebook" either. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  6. Mary Strain says:

    The Notebook is one of my favorite movies!! The chemistry between Ryan and Rachel is so real it just pulls you into the story. Although the book by Nicholas Sparks is even better, the movie is awesome!! I wish they could have made the continuation of this story, The Wedding, into a movie as well!!

  7. Nick Rogers says:

    Ada: What’s nice about "The Notebook" is that, for the most part, it lets those reachable aspects propel the story. Thanks for reading!

  8. Ada Indy says:

    I have to say that the love between Gosling and McAdams in The Notebook is many times strong and real than the love between DiCaprio and Winslet in Titanic. The setting and story in The Notebook is more reachable than the fancy/high class Titanic one. I and many of my girlfriends have watched The Notebook over and over but always end up having tears coming out even though we know the story already.

  9. Nick Rogers says:

    But you’ve said so much, and that makes me happy.

  10. Bobby McFerrin says:

    Bobby didn’t want to like this movie. Bobby wasn’t supposed to like this movie. Bobby will not admit to having cried during this movie. That is all Bobby will say about this movie.

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