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Category: P.S. I Love You Reviews
Article Date: February 14, 2008 | Publication: Tonight Independent | Author: Zane Henry
Source: http://www.tonight.co.za/index.php?fArticleId=4254076&fSectionId=429&fSetId=251

Posted by: stagewomanjen


Firstly, it should be noted that I am a little girl. Don't let my manly by-line pic throw you off. I'm really made of cotton candy and rose syrup. I think little bunny rabbits are adorable and I cried when Leo died in Titanic.

I point this out to you not to embarrass myself, but to make clear that I am the prime audience for PS I Love You. And yet I was bored by it for most of its running time.

The film opens with Holly (Hilary Swank) and her husband Jerry (Gerard Butler) having a moerse argument. This unusual intro swiftly descends into a syrupy resolution. The credits cut abruptly to Jerry's funeral after he dies from a brain tumour.

Holly is understandably bereft and locks herself up in her flat. Her mother (Kathy Bates) and best friends Denise (Lisa Kudrow) and Sharon (Gina Gershon) try to get her on her feet again, but she's inconsolable. That is, until a letter arrives. Turns out Jerry spent his last few months writing a series of letters that arrive at Holly's door from an unknown address.

The letters instruct her to do things that she wouldn't ordinarily do, like sing at a karaoke bar and go fishing.

Soon enough, Holly's off with her girlfriends on a trip to Ireland, paid for by Jerry, of course. Here she visits Jerry's parents, flashes back to her initial meeting with Jerry and has a fling with a handsome pub singer. Yes, in the same trip.

PS I Love You is a bit of a mess. It starts out well enough, but devolves into muddled melodrama dotted with puce schmaltz. All right, I misted up during a couple of scenes, but they were far between. The plot lurches from contrivance to contrivance with lyricism used as some kind of artistic excuse.

The film is far too long at 126 minutes. I was bored for 100 of them.

I never warmed to Swank and this film does little to win me over. She fails to channel any warmth and never convinces as Holly. Butler is a charming Irish bugger, but that's the extent of his character.

The script falls short of engaging with the real and terrible emotions involved in losing a spouse.

If you liked Ghost and The Notebook, you may enjoy this.

 


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