‘P.S.’ a love letter to sweet romance

Category: P.S. I Love You Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: December 21, 2007 | Publication: The Boston Herald | Author: Stephen Schaefer
Publication/Article Link:http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/movies/reviews/view.bg?articleid=1055994

Holly Kennedy (Hilary Swank) has one true love: Gerry (Gerard Butler), the man she impetuously married at 19. But as “P.S. I Love You” makes clear in its lengthy pre-credit duologue, they are a combustible couple. He wants a child; she wants to own a roomy apartment, not their cramped East Village rental flat, before any children arrive.

By the time the credits roll, Holly’s a widow attending
Gerry’s memorial service in an Irish bar complete with hunky bartender (Harry Connick Jr.), her mom (Kathy Bates) and best friends who are married but childless (Gina Gershon) and single and always-on-the-prowl (Lisa Kudrow).

Gerry’s presence continues to be felt. There’s the ever-present custom-designed urn for his ashes. Then there are Gerry’s letters to Holly. They start arriving after the service and are meant to help Holly survive her grief and get back to the independent adventurer she was when they first met on a country road in Ireland.

But despite an attractive cast and sweet sentiments, “P.S” has a lumpy feel as if writer-director Richard LaGravenese was struggling to followCecilia Ahern’s bestseller.

Swank’s lovely work is complemented by Kudrow who gets every bitter laugh. Jeffrey Dean Morgan best embodies the romantic soul that “P.S.” hopes to celebrate, as the Irish laborer who pulls Holly back to the land of the living.