P.S. I Love You(2008)
But in the weeks and months that follow, touchingly romantic letters from Gerry are delivered in surprising ways, each sending her on a new adventure and each signing off in the same way; ‘P.S. I Love You’.
Holly's mother and best friends begin to worry that Gerry's letters are keeping Holly tied to the past, but in fact, each letter is pushing her further into a new future. With Gerry's words as her guide, Holly embarks on a journey of rediscovery in a story about marriage, friendship and how a love so strong can turn the finality of death into a new beginning for life.
BY Flicks Writer
Sometime during the main title, beloved Gerry dies and we are immediately thrown into a memorial service at an Irish pub, where it seems tradition to farewell a soul by walking up to a photo, saying a pithy remark, and consuming a shot of whiskey. I was quite relieved that Gerry was dead within the first five minutes, naively forgetting that he was sure to turn up in flashbacks, and also as part of Holly’s imagination. Letters mysteriously arrive from him post-death encouraging her to do such banal tasks as throwing out all his old stuff, and to cut loose by singing kareoke.
Gerry never, ever, refers to Holly by her name, instead calling her Baby (pronounced ‘Baybee’) all the time, e.g. “Make sure my baybee has a good time.” I’m not sure Hillary Swank is the right sort of actress to be in this sort of film. She delves into the drama too deeply and her character ends up whiny and dull. She’s no fun.
Unsurprisingly, the film capitalizes on the world’s fascination with all things Irish. There is a tin whistle on the soundtrack, and an assumption that Irish men are handsome and like to play guitars in pubs while working part time as a farmhand and fitting in one day a week as a coastguard.
All of the above criticism, however, may be discredited if you are of a certain mindset that finds reward in tacky weepies. You may well be manipulated by this guilty pleasure more than I was. Swank and Butler are certainly photogenic, and the unchallenging story could be a perfect night out for fat girls, lonely spinsters, or those whose boyfriend has just carked it.
Reviewed by Andrew Hedley (Not female)
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P.S. I Love You
I really liked it, as did my sister, but then again, I'm a real girl who likes that kind of thing... I laughed and cried, and laughed again ... and very much enjoyed the spunky irishmen ;-) So if you're a sucker for chick flicks i would definately recommend it, but otherwise i wouldn't suggest you watch it.
I read the book a few years ago and really enjoyed it so I went in knowing I'd need the tissue... and I did.
I am still unsure as to why the casting people chose Hillary Swank, she's certainly not who I would have chosen but she doesn't ruin it and is supported by a great cast. Handsome men with accents too.
It's not exactly the same as the book but close enough for you not to care that much.
Recommended but don't make your boyfriend/husband sit through it.
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