How children interpret and react to The Notebook. 

The Notebook holds the title as one of the greatest love stories ever told. This timeless movie centers around the improbable summer romance of mill worker, Noah Calhoun and wealthy, Allie Hamilton. Their love is put to the test when the summer comes to an end and the looming question arises about the fate of their relationship. Does love really conquer all? The Notebook radiates relationship goals, from Noah and Allie slow dancing in the street to Noah writing Allie 365 letters every day for a year.

While most watch this endearing romance movie with their gal pals or significant other, we wanted to show the film to Southern kids to get their honest reactions. We presented them a snippet of the movie without sound and had them narrate along. We’d file this film under our must-watch list, but will the kiddos approve of this iconic film? Or will they credit it as a snooze fest?

The reactions are downright hilarious. With the addition of the kids predictive commentary, the movie adds certain thematic elements that we might have missed the first time around. The actual scene that plays out is the prominent rain scene, where Noah and Allie ride along the river in a canoe. They’re nearing the dock when tensions rise and Allie asks Noah, “Why didn’t you write me? Why? It wasn’t over for me, I waited for you for seven years and now it’s too late.” Noah jumps in and says, “I wrote you 365 letters. I wrote you every day for a year. It wasn’t over, it still isn’t over.” And then, cue the fireworks, they kiss.

But the Southern kids interpreted this scene a little bit differently. One boy guessed a Lochness monster was going to pop up out of the river while they’re canoeing—talk about an element of surprise. Another one confidently said, “He’s in trouble” as Allie yells at Noah. There’s one part of the scene that everyone could easily identify—the kiss. While some closed their eyes in horror, others marked the kiss as the couple “falling in love.” When asked for an overall synopsis of the film, the answers ranged from a “journey across the Atlantic Ocean” to “They’re mad because one of them took them out in the rain and then somehow they found land.”

While The Notebook might not be well-known with the younger crowd, there were still romantics in the group that thought the movie was cute, but don’t be surprised if the kids opt for Frozen over The Notebook next movie night.