Cue the Boyz II Men, we have come to the end of the road. It’s the battle of the southern men, with Noah from The Notebook, to no one’s surprise, going up against upstart Jake from Sweet Home Alabama.
Romantics Bracket – #1 seed – Noah (The Notebook)
In many ways, Noah is the same character we’ve seen in a hundred different movies: the guy from the wrong side of the tracks who falls in love with the rich girl and sees her for who she really is. But the difference with Noah (and what gives him the #1 seed by the slimmest of margins) is that while we can predict the demise of many other similar movie couples, we know that Noah stays with his girl until the day they die, and he never, ever gives up on his love for her. He writes her 365 letters, he renovates the rundown house she loved so much, and when she develops dementia in old age, he reads their story to her, trying desperately to see just one glimpse of the woman he loved so much. I’m getting teary just writing about it.
Essential clip: best. kiss. ever.
Nice Guys Bracket – #10 seed – Jake Perry (Sweet Home Alabama)
Jake is a good Southern guy from a small town, but that doesn’t mean a city girl can’t fall in love with him. He’s the kind of guy who will carry you home when you get too drunk and would never kiss a girl who’s dating another guy – even if that girl is still his wife. And when that wife tries to run away from her “hillbilly” Alabama past, he’ll spend years trying to make something of himself to win her back, building a successful glassblowing business (which is hands down one of the coolest jobs someone can have). Small town guys can be the best kind, especially when they’re as sweet and dedicated as Jake.
Essential clip: not the most romantic thing in the world, but I love a guy who won’t take shit from you but is still nice enough to remind you to visit your family.
So there you have it, ladies. The choice is yours…