It's about tears, and laughter

Category: P.S. I Love You Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: December 22, 2007 | Publication: The Daily Telegraph | Author: Tracey Prisk
Publication/Article Link:http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,22959107-5009160,00.html

MANY audience members will find this film overly sentimental. It's essentially a love story between a dead man and his grieving widow, but don't worry, it isn't a remake of that cheesy classic, Ghost, which starred Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze.

It's a pleasant surprise to find that despite its soppy premise, this film induces just as many laughs as tears.

Holly (Hilary Swank) and her handsome Irish husband Gerry (Gerard Butler) are a young New York couple experiencing all the stresses and strains of married life.

Holly is worried that the couple doesn't have a life plan; they don't own their own apartment, their career is going nowhere and they're getting no closer to starting their own family.

Despite the pressures of modern living, the pair are very much in love. Consequently, Holly is grief-stricken when Gerry dies.

Having been aware that he was close to death, Gerry wrote and planned the delivery of a series of letters that would arrive for Holly after his passing.

His funny and heartfelt letters all come with the same message: that Holly needs to move forward in her life and find joy amid the sorrow.

Mindful of his wife's preoccupation with having a plan, Gerry encourages Holly to take more risks and embark on a quest to discover what she wants in life, helping her find happiness in the most unexpected of places.

Holly's best friends (Lisa Kudrow and Gina Gershon), her mother (Kathy Bates) and her mother's smitten bartender, Daniel (Harry Connick Jr) all urge the grief-stricken widow to let go, but ultimately it's the letters that help Holly slowly move forward, and she even meets another handsome Irishman (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) along the way.

While it would have been easy for director/co-writer Richard LaGravenese (who wrote The Fisher King, A Little Princess and The Bridges Of Madison County) to have turned this into a glossy, feel-good story, instead he has chosen to deliver a realistic drama that proves laughter is possible through tears.