Netflix’s The Noel Diary is a charming, heartfelt, and a terrific addition for the holiday movie viewing season. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
Netflix’s The Noel Diary drops on the streaming service today, November 24th. the film is adapted from the 2017 Richard Paul Edwards novel of the same name and stars Justin Hartley, best known as Kevin from This Is Us, and Barrett Doss in her first leading role. The story is sweet, romantic, and a great addition for the holiday season viewing. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
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The Noel Diary Parents Guide
In The Noel Diary: When best-selling author Jake Turner (Justin Hartley) returns home at Christmas to settle his estranged mother’s estate, he discovers a diary that may hold secrets to his own past and that of Rachel (Barrett Doss) – an intriguing young woman on a mission of her own. Together, they embark on a journey to confront their pasts and discover a future that’s totally unexpected.
The Noel Diary Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know before letting their kids watch The Noel Diary.
Language: The Noel Diary has mild language, with the strongest word viewers will come across being “hell.”
Mature Content: The film has a mature theme that centers around the death of a family member and a teenage girl getting pregnant and putting her baby up for adoption, which may be too mature for some younger viewers. There is a scene where a couple is making out and implying sex as they wake up in bed together the next day. There is also a scene in which a young character falls to their death from a tree. The fall isn’t fully shown but is implied, and the loss is discussed.
Netflix’s The Noel Diary offers a holiday romance story that is unique and more fresh than the usual Hallmark-ish stories audiences are bombarded with this time of year. The film is based on Richard Paul Edwards’ novel of the same name, and while the story can become a little melodramatic at times, the overall vibe and message deliver a sweet story that will warm the hearts of romantics.
The Noel Diary stars Justin Hartley (This Is Us) as a best-selling author, Jacob Turner, who returns to his mother’s home in Cleveland following her death and runs across Rachel (Barrett Doss), who is searching for answers concerning her biological mother, who worked for the Turners some years ago. Both Hartley and Doss deliver strong performances and have magnetic chemistry onscreen, which aids in the authenticity and romantic vibe of the storyline. As well as both leads being a gorgeous match, they also have a calmness to their budding romance and matureness, as they both enjoy listening to jazz music and delve into soul-searching conversations when together. It’s a welcome and appreciated new romance story to watch.
The Noel Diary isn’t a perfect film; there are unexplained plot points, and at times the romance seems rushed. However, with this film being adapted from a novel, fans of the book will likely enjoy seeing the characters come to life onscreen and will not have a problem with the concerns stated above. For those who haven’t read the book, this film provides a glimpse into the best-selling novel and may entice viewers to buy it for themselves. Regardless, all will enjoy this romantic drama that delivers a fresh take on the romantic genre of films.