‘The Notebook‘, directed by Nick Cassavetes, is a romantic drama that came out in 2004, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name. The plot of the movie is centered around a young couple who fall in love in the 1940s. If you are familiar with Sparks’ writing, you must be aware that many of his tales are love stories that deal with the redeeming quality of love and the wholesome feeling enjoyed by couples once they fall in love with each other. ‘The Notebook’ is no exception, and under Cassavetes’ masterful direction, the movie turns into a deeply emotional experience.
Although the reviews that ‘The Notebook’ received were mixed, it went on to perform well at the box office and won quite a few awards. Since then, the film has managed to garner a cult following as well. Naturally, now you must be wondering where you can see the movie. We are here to tell you that, but first, let us walk you through the plot of ‘The Notebook’.
What is The Notebook About?
When the story of ‘The Notebook’ starts, it is set in the modern-day with an old man recounting a love story from his notebook. The love story starts in 1940 in South Carolina. Noah, a poor lumber mill worker, meets Allie, an heiress, at a carnival. There is an initial attraction and he pursues her. Soon enough, they begin their summer love affair. Noah takes Allie to an abandoned house, which he intends to buy for them. They try to have sex there the first time but are interrupted by Noah’s friend, who tells them that the cops are looking for Allie, acting on the instructions of Allie’s parents.
Allie and Noah return to her parents’ mansion, where her mother berates the boy, calling him trash. She also forbids him from seeing Allie believing that he is not right for her. As Noah walks out, Allie chases him. An argument breaks out and the two break up. The next morning, the mother announces that the family is leaving for Charleston. Allie tries to contact Noah but cannot seem to find him. Thus, she tells his friend to deliver a message to him, wherein Allie declares her love for Noah. Upon getting the message, Noah rushes over to Allie’s place, hoping to meet her. However, he finds that the house is gated up and empty.
Noah is not one to give up on love so easily and keeps writing letters to Allie for a year. However, Allie’s mother intercepts all of them so they never reach her. Meanwhile, life goes on and Noah enlists to fight in World War II with his friend. Allie also volunteers in a hospital to help wounded soldiers. Here, she meets a young lawyer who comes from old Southern money. The two get together and become engaged, much to the excitement of Allie’s mother and father. When Noah returns from the war, he sees Allie with the other man. However, his plan is to refurbish the old and abandoned house so that Allie would return to him. When Allie is being fitted for her wedding dress, she sees in a newspaper that Noah has refurbished the house to her previous specifications and is startled.
Allie asks permission from her soon-to-be husband to take a little trip before the wedding. She goes back and meets Noah. The two rekindle their relationship and have sex. Soon, Allie’s mother shows up to tell them that Lon, the to-be husband, has followed her. The mother also recounts her story of how she too was in love with a lower-class man in her youth. Admitting that she still thinks about him, she shows Allie Noah’s letters which she had hidden. Allie confesses her love for Noah to Lon, and gets back together with Noah.
Towards the end of the movie, the film moves back to the present age, where we see that Noah and Allie have grown old and still share the love strongly. It turns out that Noah was telling the tale to Allie to help her remember. At the end of the movie, the two end up passing away together, still in love, holding hands.
Is The Notebook on Netflix?
Netflix has an excellent collection of movies and television shows which sets it apart as a premier content provider. Though ‘The Notebook’ is not on the platform, you can check out ‘Falling Inn Love‘, a sweet story of love that blooms in the New Zealand countryside.
Is The Notebook on Hulu?
Hulu has an amazing collection of movies and television shows and they keep making smart additions to their collection in order to stay ahead of the competition. Though ‘The Notebook’ is not on the platform, you can check out ‘Goodbye First Love‘, which is about a couple that breaks up, but soon, the woman cannot seem to forget her first love as he reenters her life.
Is The Notebook on Amazon Prime?
Amazon Prime has an enviable collection of movies and television shows that is perhaps only bested by Netflix. Although ‘The Notebook’ is not available to Prime subscribers as is, you can rent or buy the movie and watch it on the platform. It costs $3.99 to rent and $9.99 to buy. We recommend renting unless you are bent on adding the movie to your collection. Check it out here.
Where Can I Stream The Notebook Online?
No subscriptions to the major platforms? No worries. You can still stream ‘The Notebook’. Head over to Vudu or YouTube. YouTube allows you to rent the movie at $3.99 while it costs $14.99 to buy it. Meanwhile, Vudu offers it at $3.99 to rent and $9.99 to buy. Obviously, we recommend renting or heading over to Vudu if you want to buy it.
Where Can I Watch The Notebook Online For Free?
Sorry to disappoint the freeloaders. Unfortunately, there are no legal means by which you can watch ‘The Notebook’ online for free. You have to wait until it arrives on one of the sites with free trial periods. However, we would like to urge all the readers to pay for any art that they consume.