I just watched this wonderful film again after not seeing it since I rented it a few months ago, the funny thing is, it did not effect me as hard the first time, perhaps it was because it was during the bright morning hours and I wasn't in the right frame of mind. This time however, it was 12:30am when I popped it in, it's stormy outside and I was all settled onto the couch with my blanket and my cat asleep beside me, and it was as if I had just watched it for the very first time. Now, few films have moved me to the point of tearing up and even fewer have moved me to the point of weeping openly...this film falls under the latter category, but it goes deeper than the film itself and i'll get to that. This film, which is based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, is about love, pure and simple, finding it, feeling it, embracing it and having it last until the couple who were lucky enough to have found it are parted by death. It was in the characters of Allie and Noah in their elderly years when they are played by James Garner and Gena Rowlands that I saw, and succumbed...hard, to a painful and all too recent memory of my father slowly watching the love of his life, my mom, disappear before his eyes to cancer. I didn't get that the first time and I wasn't looking for it, but this time I did get it and it hit me very hard. I cried for my dad tonight, i'm on the verge of breaking down again right now typing all of this. I didn't start this thread to depress anyone and i'm sorry if I did, I just wanted to express my own personal reason why the film effected me so because it was quite powerful and unexpected to say the least since I had seen the film before. Now does all of this make The Notebook a good film? You betcha, and I would go so far as to say that it is one of the best love stories ever caught on celluloid. So often love stories are classified as "corney" or "cheesy", I never understood this and I never will, the kind of romance that this film depicts is something that I think we all want to have, I know that I would anyway. It's real and honest, despite being a work of fiction conjured up by a writer. As you can tell, i'm a hopeless romantic, but i'm okay with that, it allows me to be open to films like this one. If you haven't done so, please give this film a shot, it might surprise you.