P.S. I Like You As A Friend
Category: P.S. I Love You Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: May 28, 2008 | Publication: matchflick.com | Author: Thom
Favorite Movie Quote: "I didn't come here for you to give me some bullsh*t honest answer. Why can't you lie to me just once?"
I hated Harry Connick Jr. in this movie. I had to get that out of the way because it was foremost in my mind; I liked him in both Independence Day and Hope Floats, but in this he was miscast and given a really, really bad haircut.
P.S. I Love You is one of those movies that is unabashedly going for tears before the audience even puts their asses in the seats. Basically, Gerry Kennedy (Gerard Butler) dies - the memorial service is the second sequence/scene of the movie - and his widow, Holly Kennedy (Hillary Swank), has no life without him. Knowing that she would have great difficulty letting go and moving on, Gerry decides to leave a series of letters, messages, and tasks for Holly that are designed to help her - not to forget him, but to remember her self. How Gerry and Holly met, as well as why she loved him so much, comes to light in a series of flashbacks.
The strength of the movie is Gerard Butler; Gerry is painted as a fantasy man - he's foreign with a sexy accent, plays the guitar and sings, has a perfect body, has a great sense of humor, and is unflappably confident in both himself and his love for Holly - who is alive for 97% of the film only as a flashback. If you think about it, his is the greatest challenge. In short, if you don't fall in love with Gerry, the whole story is going to collapse, and every time he's on screen the camera and all the characters gravitate towards him.
Other things that stand out in the movie that I liked were the always capable Kathy Bates as Swank's mother, James Marsters (whoot, Spike) as Gerry's best friend, and Gerry's old Irish buddy (Jeffery Dean Morgan).
Personally, I thought that Swank, who was brilliant in Million Dollar Baby among other roles, was flat through most of the movie. Her best scenes are undeniably those shared with Butler (save the opening argument that seemed forced and obvious) where, just like the on-screen character he's portraying, Butler is magnetic. I saw why Holly loved Gerry; I don't know that I saw why Gerry loved Holly. But then, maybe that's the point.
I will say that the ending was somewhat pleasantly surprising and reversed what was going to be a thumb down into a thumbs up, if only a little.