Cry Your Way Through Valentine's Day with 'The Notebook' Drinking Game
So you think you're ready to drink your way through The Notebook? You think you're prepared to sit down with the beautifully tragic, achingly romantic, poetically melancholic 2004 classic based on the Nicholas Sparks novel AND add alcohol to the mix? All we can say is grab tissues.
From the innocence of Noah and Allie's first summer together to the incredible frustration with their time apart to the unbelievably hopeful sadness of their final moments, this film has truly made its mark on romantics everywhere. For over a decade, boyfriends have been forced to sit through it, and relationships have crumbled under its unrealistic expectations about love.
Still, we can't help but adore The Notebook, and a good bottle of red wine can only make things better. Grab a glass (or a straw) and settle in for a love that "plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds."
Drink . . .
① Whenever you cry (duh).
② Whenever you see a tranquil shot of birds flying over a lake accompanied by the melody of a soft piano.
③ Whenever Noah or Allie does something that would be very inappropriate for a significant other to do in real life, but you blow over it because they're so damn CUTE (i.e., threatening suicide by Ferris wheel to get a date, writing 365 unanswered letters to an ex, lying to your kind and honest fiancé about sleeping with another man, etc.).
④ Whenever you arrive at a scene that would make you feel awkward if your parents were watching with you.
⑤ Whenever you witness elderly Noah reading from the notebook. Gah.
⑥ Every time Allie's mom or dad is the absolute WORST. (They really suck, don't they?)
⑦ Whenever you hear the main musical theme. (You know, the one that makes you feel as if you'll never be able to recover from the emotional turmoil the film is putting you through.)
⑧ Whenever you wonder why you haven't yet found someone like Noah/Allie (or Ryan Gosling/Rachel McAdams, for that matter).
⑨ When you get to the lake scene. Take a sip for each duck. Actually, just drink the whole time.
⑩ Every time your heart shatters into a million pieces and/or melts into a lifeless puddle at the sight of elderly Allie finally remembering something about her patient and loving husband after all these years.
Take a few long swigs when you hear each of these iconic lines:
① "If you're a bird, I'm a bird."
② "I waited for you for seven years!" Followed closely by, "It's not over. It still isn't over."
③ "I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me. Every day."
④ "Read this to me, and I'll come back to you."
Finish your drink when you reach . . .
Noah, Allie, a convalescent home and one little bed. They die together, and if that's not worth finishing your drink over, what is?
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