The Notebook is a 2004 romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes, based on the romance novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel Mcadams as a young couple who fall in love during the early 1940s. Their story is narrated from the present day by an elderly man played by James Garner, telling the tale to a fellow nursing home resident, played by Gena Rowlands (who is Cassavetes' mother).
The film performed well on the box-office and received several award nominations, winning eight Teen Choice Awards, one Satellite Award, and one MTV Movie Award.
At a modern-day nursing home, an elderly man named Duke (James Garner) begins to read a romantic love story from his notebook to a female fellow patient (Gena Rowlands).
The story begins in 1940. At a carnival in Seabrook Island, South Carolina, local country boy Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) sees seventeen-year-old heiress Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams) for the first time and is immediately smitten. She coyly resists his advances until their well-meaning friends lure them together; he courts her, and they find each other on a midnight walk through empty Seabrook, where she tells him she loves to paint. Noah and Allie share an idyllic summer love affair together. One moonlit night, a week before Allie is to leave town, when their deep romantic passions and desire to be alone together are the strongest, Noah takes her to an abandoned house called Windsor Plantation. Noah tells her that he intends to buy the house, and Allie makes him promise that the house will be white, with blue shutters, a walk-around porch, and a room that overlooks the creek so she can paint. She places an empty picture frame above the mantle. She plays Chopin on the house's old, out of tune piano. She asks him to make love to her. Their haltingly sweet attempt to make first love is loudly interrupted by Noah's friend Fin (Kevin Connolly) with the news that Allie's parents have "gone crazy" and have the police out looking for her. When Allie and Noah return to her parents' mansion, her disapproving parents ban her from seeing Noah, whom they called "trash, trash, trash," ever again. Allie fights with them, then with Noah in the courtyard, and the two break up. Allie immediately regrets the decision but Noah drives away.