‘P.S. I Love You’ shows tenderness, great dialogue

Category: P.S. I Love You Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: January 2, 2008 | Publication: KC Community News | Author: Keith Cohen
Publication/Article Link:http://www.kccommunitynews.com/articles/2008/01/03/wednesday_sun/entertainment/doc47793deb8c510907192733.txt

3 Stars PG-13

A very touching and bittersweet tale full of emotional highs and lows. The difficult subject of losing a soul mate is handled with tenderness.

This movie is based on an international bestseller by then 21-year-old Irishwoman Cecelia Ahern. It tackles the grieving process of a 30-year-old widow, Holly Kennedy (two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank), over the course of a year. Her carefree Irish husband Gerry (Gerard Butler of “300”) dies unexpectedly from a brain tumor after 10 years of a blissful marriage.

The movie opens with an argument between the couple about having a baby. After a prolonged war of words, Butler does a hilarious striptease and makeup sex follows. Other highlights of their relationship are revealed through flashbacks.

Holly’s support group is composed of her concerned, caring mother, Patricia (Kathy Bates), who runs a Manhattan pub, her married and pregnant friend Sharon (Gina Gershon), and her blunt single buddy Denise (Lisa Kudrow), who has her own checklist for finding a mate.

Although deceased, Gerry’s guiding influence continues through a series of letters that always end with the postscript of the title. You will find it intriguing how the delivery system at opportune times actually works.

Throughout this journey of rediscovery and new beginnings, Holly hangs on to memories and feels Gerry’s presence in their apartment. Swank and Butler have great chemistry and share the best screen kiss of 2007. Swank is in a league of her own when it comes to acting and makes everybody around her better. She is simply wonderful with an indescribable panache. Butler is a real hunk that women will adore. Both Swank and Butler do some karaoke-style singing while ironically Harry Connick Jr, playing a bartender named Daniel, never even gets to whistle a tune. Bates is a real gem making the most of a supporting role.

Other strengths of the movie include a great script, beautiful lines of dialogue and memorable scenes of New York City at holiday time. You will be especially glad if you see this movie with someone you treasure.