Fluffy chick flick – about a widow’s grief
Category: P.S. I Love You Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: January 10, 2008 | Publication: Reading Evening Post | Author: Editor
Adapted from the best-selling chick lit novel by Irish author Cecilia Ahern, PS I Love You is clearly a film that wants to emulate the success of that other chick lit-turned-chick flick hit, Bridget Jones’s Diary.
But with a more sombre tone and a main character that is harder to identify with, PS I Love You is unlikely to prove as big a box office hit.
The film’s extended opening sequence drops us right into the middle of a couple’s argument.
Holly (Hilary Swank) is a 29- year-old New York woman dissatisfied with her job and lack of direction who is arguing with her husband Gerry (Gerard Butler) over whether to start a family.
The couple clearly love each other but have issues.
Cue the opening credits and then the audience is plunged head first into Gerry’s wake.
As the details emerge, we learn that Gerry has died from a brain tumour.
Aware of his impending death, Gerry has organised the carefully-timed delivery of a series of letters designed to help Holly get over his death.
The film proceeds to charts her struggle to come to terms with the loss of her husband.
PS I Love You deals with the loss of a loved one but it isn’t morose. It is essentially a fluffy piece of cinema that will move you despite its cheesiness, as long as you accept the film for what it is. This will, of course, require a certain amount of suspension of disbelief.
Swank is totally wrong in this role, however. With Oscar-worthy turns in films like Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby, she has proved she is so much more than conventional leading lady material and you certainly don’t expect her to pop up here.
The role of Holly Kennedy cries out for somebody like Jennifer Aniston; an actress with whom most females seem to identify and it’s a shame she wasn’t cast.
Gerard Butler’s Irish accent is painfully forced in the role of Gerry but he copes bravely with some cringeworthy scenes and oozes sex appeal despite a lack of chemistry with his co-star.
Gina Gershon and former Friends star Lisa Kudrow provide the comic relief with their double act as Holly’s best friends while Harry Connick Jr is also sharp enough to raise one or two chuckles.
With some fabulous New York and Irish locations as well as Swank’s gorgeous wardrobe to feast your eyes on, this is a real antidote to the New Year blues. So, get together with your girlfriends for a dose of January wallowing.