P.S. I Love You

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Holly Kennedy (Hillary Swank) is beautiful, smart and married to the love of her life - a passionate, funny, and impetuous Irishman named Gerry (Gerard Butler). So when Gerry's life is taken by an illness, it’s rather a disappointment for poor Holly.

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.

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Drama, Romance

126mins

Rating: M sexual references

USA

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P.S. I Love You opens with a domestic dispute. The dialogue sounds fake. Real people don’t talk or behave like this. But real people don’t look like Hillary Swank or Gerard Butler.

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)

BBC

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Men, be warned: while many a romantic comedy can be enjoyed by both sexes, this really isn't one of them.

Chicago Reader

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"B.S. I Love You" would be a more accurate title.

Guardian [UK]

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The title could have been PS I'm a Seriously Creepy Weirdo, and the necrophiliac high concept would work, with just a little tweaking, for a psychological horror film.

Los Angeles Times

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You could go see "P.S. I Love You," or you could hit yourself on the head with a meat mallet -- it depends on the amount of time and money you want to devote to what amounts to roughly the same experience.

New Zealand Herald [Francesca Rudkin]

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This sweet little film will make you laugh and cry, but once it's over you'll feel a bit of a fool.

San Francisco Chronicle

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There's a moment late in "P.S. I Love You" when Hilary Swank has a belated emotional meltdown in front of her mom, and there's a look on Kathy Bates' face approaching pure horror. If someone attached a thought bubble over Bates' head, it might read, "Did you really win two Oscars?"

Variety

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This post-life comedy will have the sentimentally challenged weeping openly, while clutching desperately to the pants-legs of boyfriends and husbands who are trying to flee up the aisle.
Bob

Bob

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BEST MOVIE EVER!

its pretty much the greatest movie ever made

Cassie

Cassie

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Laugh and cry through the WHOLE move

Fantastic movie, have been waiting ages for it to come out. Bring tissue!

Tania

Tania

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Love now and after

Went with a girlfriend she said 5/5 ,lots of smiles and laughs.And for the women out there SHOES.

Aimee

Aimee

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Saw this in Canada - it's AMAZING! It makes you laugh, and it makes you cry. Beautiful film!