Friday, August 10, 2012

P.S. I Love You (2007) [PG-13] ***

Holly (Hilary Swank) and Gerry (Gerard Butler) meet in Ireland while she is on a European travel tour. After their first kiss, they realize that life as they know it has ended, and they are meant for each other. Despite parental disapproval they marry and settle in New York City. They have the typical arguments about jobs, money, sex, future children, and the size of their tiny, walk-up apartment. But they love each other.

Then Gerry is diagnosed with a brain tumor. After his death Holly gives up living and becomes a recluse. Then her mother and her girlfriends show up to help her celebrate her 30th birthday, and one of the gifts is a message from Gerry, tape-recorded before his death. He tells Holly that over the next few months she'll be receiving a series of letters from him, designed to help her embrace her future, put him to rest and move on with her life. Holly is not sure she can do this, and her mother (played by Kathy Bates) is sure that this will have the opposite effect, and bind Holly more strongly to Gerry and the past. Nevertheless the letters begin to arrive, Holly follows their instructions, and the results are positive, as Gerry predicted. The most transformative experiences, however, occur when Holly and her two best friends, Sharon (Gina Gershon) and Denise (Lisa Kudrow) journey to Ireland to visit Gerry's parents and the places of his youth, and where she unexpectedly meets Gerry's best friend William (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), who turns out to be the bridge between Holly's past and her future.

P.S. I Love You succeeds because of a great screenplay, great direction, and outstanding performances, especially Hilary Swank. While film critics trashed this film, audiences loved it. So, if you enjoy romantic dramas that have a bitter-sweet flavor, films like The Last Song, The Notebook, Sweet November or A Walk To Remember, then you will probably enjoy P.S. I Love You. 

Labels: drama, romance, tragedy

Internet Movie Database
Metacritic 39/100
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=44, viewers=78)

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