PS I Love You

Category: P.S. I Love You Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: February 28, 2008 | Publication: The Times (New Zealand) | Author: Scotty Moorhead
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ON a country road in Ireland more than 10 years ago, it was love at first sight for Holly, a lost young tourist (Academy Award winner, Hilary Swank), and Gerry, a charming local lad (Gerard Butler). Holly’s formidable mother, (Kathy Bates), disapproved of the couple, concerned that her spirited daughter was too young for marriage.

In the years since, the once fearless Holly has become unsure of her own identity. When Gerry dies from a brain tumour and leaves Holly a widow just shy of her 30th birthday, her family and best friends (Lisa Kudrow, Gina Gershon) are concerned that she will never emerge from her takeout container-strewn Manhattan apartment.

After weeks holed up watching old movies, a birthday cake and tape recording message from Gerry mysteriously arrives, marking the beginning of a series of letters instructing her to perform unusual requests. With the help of her girlfriends, Holly begins a year of wild adventures and a life journey that Gerry has planned for her, helping her to discover who she is without him.

As with any story that involves the death of a loved one, there is a certain amount of sadness that is unavoidable, but this film does well with not dwelling on it too deeply and is more about the celebration of life.

It is a pleasant turn of pace for Swank, whose recent rolls have tended more towards the heavy side. The role of Holly however allows her to show off the lighter side and showcase her comic ability, as well as her remarkable acting talent.

Gerald Butler, last seen in the graphic movie 300 as the buffed Leonidas, plays the lovable Irish rogue “Gerry” down to a tee, making Holly and the audience fall for him immediately (which is essential for this film to work). He will also send most women straight to the nearest travel agent to book a flight to Ireland to get a Gerry of their own.

Although this film defiantly comes under the heading “chick flick” it is one of the more enjoyable of this genre as it doesn’t follow the formula to closely, with enough plot manoeuvres to keep the audience interested, that coupled with the emotion of the film, it guarantees a need for hankies but will still leave you with a smile on your face in the end.