P.S. I Love You
Category: P.S. I Love You Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: January 18, 2008 | Publication: The Hofstra Chronicle | Author: Catherine Sodano
"P.S. I Love You" is a romantic comedy profoundly rooted in the drama aspect. The movie certainly stimulates the type of emotion one would never want to feel, the loss of a significant other and is, without a doubt, a tearjerker.
In the epic journey, Holly (Hilary Swank) finds husband Gerry Kennedy (Gerard Butler) while traveling in his native Ireland. Holly is young, with a mother (Kathy Bates) who is adamantly against her young, na've daughter getting married on a whim. Nonetheless, they marry anyway and are whole-heartedly in love. Unfortunately, Gerry is stricken with a brain tumor that ultimately leads to his death. His passing leaves Holly's world turned inside out. Not only losing the love of her life, she feels she has also lost herself. Writer and director Richard LaGravenese coerces audience members into feeling personally affected by Gerry's death.
On the upside, in order to rid herself from the hermit-like characteristics she has been taking on, Gerry left her 10 letters to be opened after his death. Eventually, Holly emerges from her New York apartment, but only after divulging her of chocolates, movies and pastries.
With the help of best friend Denise Hennessy ("Friends" favorite Lisa Kudrow) convincing her there is life outside, Holly has the courage to open the letters her departed husband had written to her. The letters' main intentions are to ease the pain and slowly allow her to begin pioneering herself as a new woman.
Gerry strives to show his widowed wife that the world is in her hands. Each letter is composed of bizarre antics, and humorous requests, that require Holly to step out of her shell and let her hair down. Not-so-surprisingly, Gerry bids farewell to his lost love with the title post-script at the end of each letter.
Swank has come a long way from "Million Dollar Baby" as she here reveals a much more empathetic, weak and vulnerable side. While the onscreen chemistry between Butler and Swank is mediocre, it's believable enough for the $10 admission. But luckily, Kudrow is exceptionally funny in the movie. Her witty and clever lines help lighten the mood and pick up the pace of it all.
This movie is not an Oscar winner but it is something that will capture an audience member's thoughts and avert our attention away from the materialistic dilemmas in day-to-day life, making us realize what to be truly grateful for at the end of the day.
Bates' best line just about generalizes the film's overall message: "So now, alone or not, you've got a walk ahead. Thing to remember is if we're all alone, then we're all together in that too."
If you like emotional, sensationalistic movies, this flick is irrefutably for you. Just don't forget the tissues.