The Notebook was like the romantic version of The Sixth Sense. If you caught the Ryan Gosling/Rachael McAdams tearjerker before it became the monumental achievement in saccharine cinema, the movie it with maximum impact. And that was before the final twist, a devastating blow to anyone with a trace of heart.
Reddit user ksonderg posted a reaction shot of his recent viewing of The Notebook, along with two young ladies who were either A. Too young to experience The Notebook the first time and time has erased it from the public conscious or B. The biggest Notebook fans in the world who turn to it for a good cry. Either way, ksonderg knew what was coming, and he flashed a big, wonderfully obnoxious photo of himself at a pivotal moment.
Notebook reaction videos are more and more common thanks to the movie’s tradition of provoking waterworks. Here are a few of the best (saddest?). Do you have your own? Or a memory of that first Notebook viewing? Share it below — the sappier the better.
Matt Patches is a writer and reporter living in New York City. His work has been featured on Vulture, Time Out New York, and The Hollywood Reporter. He is the host of the pop culture podcast Operation Kino.