Here's why watching The Notebook is 'bad for you'
The Notebook, what a strange, strange film it is. When I think of The Notebook, I think of being 15 again with my then-girlfriend, watching Gosling strut his stuff while she welled up on the sofa and I didn't really understand what was going on. I've only seen The Notebook once, which surprises a lot of people, but it turns out I may have been on to something, as The Notebook is apparently bad for you.
That's right, Allie and Noah's epic love story is bad for you, according to SCIENCE. The epic love story, which is often regarded as a "marmite" movie, in the sense that you either absolutely love it or despise it, was rated as the worst romantic film of all time by relationship experts, when asked by Time Out. However, even weirder than this shocking revelation, was the film that they suggested we should all be watching.
But first, why is The Notebook bad for us? Well, simply, it is an awful film... that's my theory anyway. But the REAL reason that The Notebook is bad for us, is because it promotes an unrealistic expectation of how to behave in a relationship.
This is the verdict of psychotherapist Gurpreet Singh, who said: "Noah restores a house for Allie. He writes letter after letter waiting for her. They die holding hands. Talk about idealised love!
"If you believe in it you start to think: I shouldn’t settle for less. But most average couples are nothing like that. We are humans, we are fallible. Love is imperfect because we are."
However, while Gurpreet offers some solid advice in regards to why we should avoid The Notebook, his recommendation for what we should watch instead, is, well... odd to say the least.
Star Wars: Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith is probably not the movie you think of when you think about having a romantic night in with your other half. However, Singh reckon it offers up a far more realistic expectation of romance (just make sure that you ignore the fact it is set in space and people have magic powers...)
"If you want to look on the dark side, nothing demonstrates a dysfunctional relationship better than Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker," Singh explains.
"It didn't end happily, but it is realistic. She was older, he was younger and infatuated. Even if you forget the age difference, there were so many signs that the relationship was toxic."
"A good relationship is based on communication, shared values and respect. They failed to communicate effectively. Rather than dealing with it, problems were ignored."
It's a pretty bleak outlook by Singh, he's essentially saying that a toxic relationship between the face of evil and an older woman that ends horrifically, is more realistic than The Notebook and its story of fairytale romance. Still at least it means you can swerve wasting two hours of your life on The Notebook in favour of watching Star Wars. Every cloud, right?