Bryce Dallas Howard Pokes Fun at Nicholas Sparks Movies With ‘The Hug’

'The Notebook' and 'Dear John' Rain Kiss

“Just keep your hands on my face in the rain.”

To say that movies that started their lives as Nicholas Sparks novels have a well-established style when it comes to their content and aesthetics would be maybe about the biggest understatement of the year. Take two impossibly attractive young people, add some tragic reason they can’t be together, cut it with a love that will conquer all, and pretty much you’ve got the formula—so long as your drama is occurring in an idyllic, rural setting. It gets to the point where every time a new Nicholas Sparks movie starts getting advertised, people can tell that’s exactly what they’re looking at from the first few seconds of the first trailer, and their responses are downright Pavlovian. Not into the Nicholas Sparks thing? Bet you let out an involuntary groan. Love everything the man does? Then it’s the same deal, but with a squeal.

Chances are, if you or someone you love is one of the aforementioned squealers, then you’re going to be watching at least one of those movies tonight, seeing as it’s Valentine’s Day. That doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing for the groaners though, because Bryce Dallas Howard and Funny or Die have teamed up to make a mock trailer that spoofs the whole Nicholas Sparks thing, so now when you’re sitting through Safe Haven for the hundredth time you can think back to just how spot-on they got all of the parody and smirk smugly to yourself. Click through to check it out.

That girl playing the nurse in the beginning just kills it with her reading of, “Yeah, you do. You tell me almost every day.” There’s a lot of pent up frustration getting leaked out there, and anyone who’s sat through more than one of Sparks’ movies against their will can relate. All of that out of context giggling, the sepia tones, and of course the money shot with the kissing in the rain… this video basically hits its target, sticks its landing, and all kinds of other mixed sports metaphors (Happy Olympics everyone).

Is it still okay to laugh if one hypothetically kind of likes watching The Notebook every once in a while though? It’s the Gosling-factor. He’s just so hard to say no to.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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