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If you are the kind of person with a blanket hatred for Valentine's Day, you are probably the kind of person with a blanket hatred for The Notebook. As you might be able to tell I'm neither, since even the sappiest nonsense-- like a giant heart-shaped box of chocolates or Nicholas Sparks-- generally has a thing or two that makes it worthwhile. It's all about what you make of it! And if you can't appreciate a holiday about appreciating your loved ones and a Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling make out scene, then I don't know what to tell you.
But, for all you cynics out there, here's a chance to get your hate all out, in the latest installment of Honest Trailers… for The Notebook.
As usual, a lot of things in this video are spot-on, from crediting someone as "Joseph Stalin" to describing it as "the Olive Garden of restaurants" (that pretty much applies to everything with Nicholas Sparks involved). But I'm bugged by the way this plays into the notion of a nation at battle, with girlfriends constantly trying to torture men with one sappy rom-com after another, and men sitting with their arms crossed wanting to watch Die Hard instead. Is that really what all of your relationships are like? Do you not ever find common ground? Why hasn't this trailer ever heard of the time-honored practice of watching sappy nonsense by yourself or with willing friends, and watching things with your significant other that, y'know, you both agree on?
Also, a woman calling herself stupid is not the end of feminism. Neither are Nicholas Sparks movies, particularly the decent ones like The Notebook. If they want a fair target, truly, look no further than this week's Safe Haven.