My favourite film aged 12: The Notebook

Continuing our series revisiting childhood movie passions, we look at a romance that could’ve been schlock, if not for Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling’s chemistryRead all the other My favourite film choicesThe best arts and entertainment during self-isolationFlash back to the summer of 2007: Spider-Man 3 was in theatres.

Two of the top five most viewed YouTube videos were by the band My Chemical Romance.

And The Notebook, a movie starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling as star-crossed teenage lovers who reconnect as adults, was three years old.

The famous re-enactment of the film’s climactic lift-and-kiss at the MTV movie awards by its stars, then a real-life couple, was two years old.

I was 13 years old and, true to sheltered oldest child form, didn’t know about any of this.

And so one sleepover night in my friend’s basement, I faced at least three

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