Funny, sexy, and high on emotion, P.S. I Love You is a film that just might be winsome enough to coast by on charm alone—that is, assuming you're in the film's target audience (the rom-com/Lifetime set), you don't expect it to adhere too rigidly to the Cecilia Ahem novel on which it's based (it doesn't), and you don't spend too much time actually thinking about it (you really shouldn't).
It's a tear-jerker from start to finish, and the first act is pretty good. It opens with Holly (Hilary Swank, slumping after two Oscar wins) and Gerry (Gerard Butler, a remarkably confident leading man)—married for nine years, still living in a crummy New York apartment—fighting, which inevitably turns to flirting, which inevitably ends in lovemaking. It's tender and true to life, and Butler is surprisingly funny; director Richard LaGravenese is smart to open with it, because it makes audience members genuinely care about the characters right from the beginning—because we know them and see their love for each other, not because they're young and attractive and they're in a romantic movie and we're just supposed to.
After this prologue and the opening credits, though, tragedy strikes—first for Holly and Gerry, but soon, for the movie itself. When Gerry dies of a brain tumor, Holly is left to grieve, shutting herself in her apartment for a week with delivery food and old movies. Her family comes by in an attempt to lure her out of the house to celebrate her thirtieth birthday, but it's Gerry himself—communicating from beyond the grave, as it were—who shakes her out of her seclusion. Delivered to Holly's apartment is a letter Gerry wrote before he died, promising to help her through her time of mourning ...1
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P.S. I Love You
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