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I sat down to watch this last night, expecting to see the movie with Jennifer Love Hewitt (this one is called "If Only" on this side of the pond), and almost turned it off in the first 10 minutes. I'm glad I didn't.
Douglas Henshaw looks so shambolic that its difficult to believe he pulled a poppet like Lena Headley, but he is a very good actor and gradually the movie draws you in, taking you on a whimsical ride in the style of Richard Curtis, albeit rather more subdued.
My guess is that Penelope Cruz was there to provide American audiences with a familiar name, and she does an reasonable job without ever setting the screen alight. What I'd really like to know though is whether the characters of the Spanish garbagemen came about as a result of casting her, or vice-versa. Either way, it works well, and the resulting story of love, choices, fate and moving on is nicely told, without preaching.
Unfortunately, I worked out what was going to happen about half an hour before the end, and for that reason can only give it 8/10; but it was a good enough film to watch it out, and I'm sure it'll provide canoodling couples with a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours for many years to come.
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