9. The cheesy one-liners are heard endlessly.
"Our love is like the wind. I can't see it, but I can feel it."
Sure, A Walk to Remembermight have been set in the 1990s, but even in light of all the cheese that we embraced that embarrassing decade, it's hard to picture someone letting that kind of corny dialogue fly without cracking his or herself up, let alone its intended recipient.
The quote's utterer, Landon Carter (Shane West), is one of many Nicholas Sparks characters who should be thankful that their love story preceded the rise of Facebook, Gmail, and texting, when the last thing you want to do is unleash something like that with the possibility of creating a digital trail. Suddenly, it's not just dude's beloved, but all of her friends, and maybe even the rest of the Internet laughing at their expense.
In The Notebook, one of the flicks credited with putting Ryan Gosling on the map, the guy's lovestruck character is forced to declare, "If you're a bird, I'm a bird," and, in another instance, "The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds."
Can you imagine how long the outtake reel for that movie must be?