Hokey-sounding 'P.S. I Love You' surprises with its depth

Category: P.S. I Love You Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: May 8, 2008 | Publication: The Morning Call | Author: Amy Longsdorf
Publication/Article Link:http://www.mcall.com/entertainment/all-go_watch.6389067may08,0,2627320.story

Before he dies from a brain tumor, a man (Gerard Butler) writes a series of letters to his wife ( Hilary Swank), advising her on how to grieve and then get beyond the grief in ''P.S. I Love You'' (2007, Warner, PG-13, $29). Sounds like high-concept hokum? Don't despair. Writer/director Richard LaGravenese digs deep into Swank's loneliness, coming away with a movie that's surprisingly substantial and light on its feet. As a bonus, Butler is frequently shirtless.

Extras: The maddeningly slight making-of featurette gives props to the original novel, which Cecelia Ahern wrote when she was all of 21, without offering up any info on Ahern's backstory. (She's the daughter of the Irish prime minister.) Swank says she was drawn to the movie because her character is ''a work in progress.''

Throwaway features like a description of the game Snaps and a James Blunt music video are fast-forward fodder. But check out the deleted scenes, three of which shine a spotlight on the invaluable supporting cast, including Kathy Bates, Lisa Kudrow, Gina Gershon and Pocono Mountain High School grad Nellie Mckay.