When Allie and Noah return to her parents' mansion, Allie's mother Anne calls Noah trash and they ban her from seeing Noah. Allie attempts to contact Noah, but is unable to find him, so she asks Fin to tell Noah that she loves him.When Noah gets the message he rushes to Allie's home, only to find the house gated up and empty.Allie is startled to read in the newspaper that Noah has completed the house to the specifications she made years before.
He added about Gosling: "Gosling is adept at playing sociopaths and intense brooders, and there's reason to think, early on, that Noah might be similarly off, as when he threatens to drop from a Ferris wheel unless Allie agrees to go on a date with him." About the film, he wrote: "Considering the sunny, relatively pleasurable romantic business that precedes it, the elderly stuff seems dark, morbid, and forced upon us." Jessica Winter of The Village Voice gave the film a mixed review, stating: "Amid the sticky-sweet swamp of Jeremy Leven's script, Rowlands and Garner emerge spotless and beatific, lending a magnanimous credibility to their scenes together.
These two old pros slice cleanly through the thicket of sap-weeping dialogue and contrivance, locating the terror and desolation wrought by the cruel betrayals of a failing mind." Robert Koehler of Variety magazine also gave the film a mixed review, he however, praised the performances, writing that "already one of the most intriguing young thesps, Gosling extends his range to pure romance without sacrificing a bit of his naturally subversive qualities, and even seems comfortable looking beautiful in a manly American way.
The head-turner is Mc Adams, doing such a different perf from her top bitch in Mean Girls that it's hard to tell it's the same actor.
She briefly remembers who he is and they reconcile, but soon forgets and panics, forcing medical personnel to sedate her.
Noah has a heart attack and is sent to the hospital while Allie is sent to a dementia ward in the hospital.
Contrary to the suggestion in the film's dialogue, neither the house nor the Seabrook area was home to South Carolina Revolutionary hero Francis Marion, whose plantation was actually located some distance northwest of Charleston.