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This movie was totally amazing! My friends had seen it a couple of days
before I did, and they told me it was a good movie and that I would
like it, but they did not tell me that I would be crying the entire
time. The movie is a little over 2 hours long and I cried for probably
an hour and 45 minutes. So sad, but so good. There were some funny
moments though where the entire audience would laugh extremely loud, so
it took away from the really sad moments.
Ladies, and some gentlemen, bring tissues for the movie and avoid mascara. Or you can wear waterproof everything, because I know I was rubbing my eyes the entire time. But I wasn't wearing any eye make-up so I was good.
It's a movie that makes you think how you would be able to handle the situation that was thrown at not only the main character, but everyone else.
Awesome, awesome movie!! Everyone should go see it.
I was so disappointed with this movie - although the book wasn't Shakepheare I thought it was a tender, funny, touching tale and looked forward to the movie. But it was just wrong, wrong, wrong..surely these days we no longer need an American star to attract audiences (and don't get me started on the Other Boleyn Girl)but Hilary Swank was just not right for this part - her talent is considerable but she lacked charm and grace in this movie - all the things that made Holly so endearing in the book. I thought it was overlong, too wordy and too disjointed. The performances looked forced (except Kathy Bates) - Hollys friends were just annoying and Gerald Butler didn't come over as someone whose demise would destroy you - he was just a cartoon jolly Irishman with a song in his heart and a tear in his eye! Avoid at all costs - it'll put you off letter writing and guiness for life!
Now... I know there are some who will love this flick no matter what...
but for all those 'real' fella's out there... avoid this film like the
plague! Terrible skimmed scenes and accents as Irish as American Pie.
A really good idea that was over-tamed to gain the maximum wet-eye cry at anything brigade to the cinema.
Two hours long... and for what. What we knew would happen from the first ten minutes manifested itself.
Bland at best... Hilary Plank was as stiff as a board... and Kathy Bates is no longer a master of arts.
I have to write ten lines in order to post this review which is typical of this movie... a waste of time, shallow and full of holes. No class!
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I knew nothing about the movie when I walked into the theater.
Absolutely nothing. About thirty minutes later when I walked out with
my date, him feeling bored and me feeling irritated and offended, I
knew one thing: I hate this film.
It's a misogynistic piece of trash, implying that women who won't crap out unwanted children in a just-above-poverty level situation are cold and rejecting, but that men who would drag children into hopeless deprivation are saints who can say or do no wrong.
Ugh! Who believes such twaddle in 2008?
I don't. That's for sure!
Additionally, the pacing was uneven, though mostly slow, and the acting sub-par, especially for such an eye-catching cast.
A film aimed squarely at a female audience, P.S. I LOVE YOU.
Holly Kennedy (the handsome Hilary Swank) is a young widow who finds that her late husband (Gerard Butler) has left her a series of letters to help her start a new life. She follows the instructions in the letters and, with the help of her friends, embarks on a journey of self-discovery.
Films about love and human relationships are films that I enjoy most. Sadly, I was not able to connect with this film on any satisfactory level.
The film starts perfectly. The opening minutes show a dispute between Holly and her husband and this is well done, energised by hand-held, sometimes out of focus camera work. But the scene is far too drawn out and, after five minutes, starts to feel like a rough cut and becomes tiring.
In fact, the whole film is too drawn out and, at times, rather clumsy. Some scenes labour to be moving, smothered in sorrowful music, which only serves to distance the audience.
There's comedy in the form of Lisa Kudrow playing a supportive friend, a leprechaun singing telegram and an Asperger's suffering love interest (Harry Connick Jr.) who says exactly what he thinks without any consideration for those around him.
There's a certain unfairness to the late husband's letters. While they are well-intentioned, Holly develops an unhealthy dependence on them. And the subplot involving her father's separation from her mother (Kathy Bates) feels "thrown in" and makes the film uneven.
Equally poor is the use of coincidence late in the story and the final scene which involves a meeting.
P.S. I LOVE YOU constantly, unashamedly, reaches for the heart - without any tact or subtlety - and fails to grasp. Unless you want it to. Unless you are willing to overlook its very contrived scenes and clumsy construction and go along for the ride, to indulge in the tissues.
I strongly disagree with one of the previous reviewer's note in saying
- "P.S. I Love You" is one of the best romantic comedies in a long
while, that has a great love story. Richard LaGravenese tells a wistful
and touching tale with amazing performances and chemistry by Hilary
Swank and Gerald Butler. Take a chance on "P.S. I Love You".
I desperately tried to love (or at least like) "P.S. I love you" but the many good actors/actresses (Hilary Swank, love her in Million Dollar Baby) (Gerard Butler, great in Dear Frankie) (Kathy Bates, Lisa Kudrow, and others) in the film just couldn't make the really bad script and story work.
Unfortunately, this movie is bad. I took a chance. And I wasted my time. Avoid at all cost.
I had been told by numerous friends that this was a great movie and
about how they all nearly went through a box of tissues with it. so
naturally I was preparing for an emotionally engaging tear-jerker. but
that was not what I got. at the end of the movie I found myself sitting
there with my unused box of tissues thinking "jeez i really need to get
some new friends with decent taste in movies!".
I don't know what it was but I just found this movie unbelievably boring. all throughout it i found myself getting distracted and resorting to things like rolling around on the floor and sticking my finger in the pedestal fan to alleviate my boredom. I wish that I had stuck my head under that fan instead of sitting through the whole thing. I know, I could have turned it off, but I didn't want to. I suppose there was just some sadomasochistic part of me that wanted to continue, with a vague hope that it might get better even though deep down I suspected that it wouldn't and surprise, surprise - it didn't.
I also found the acting in this movie terrible. Whether it was the actors themselves or merely the characters they were playing I don't know, but the combination certainly wasn't good whatever it was. The filming wasn't too bad pretty straight forward. One thing I could not stand though was the opening scene it went forever before they actually put the title of the movie up and began the opening credits which dragged on as well.
the worst part about that opening scene was that it really didn't establish anything, except that they love each other which we might have figured from the title. it also set up the annoying character that Hilary swank was going to be for those painful 121 minutes. can't even understand why he loved her so much. I think a better start to the movie would have been the scene were jerry is dying, then the credits, then the funeral or something, I dunno. At least this way his death wouldn't have been so mysterious.
I mean one minute he's there then a few minutes and what felt like a life time of boring credits later he's died? what's with that? show us how he died. You think that us viewers aren't clever enough to figure out that in a film named "PS, I love you" the leads love each other, but we can figure out how he died. Yes I know we hear later that it was a tumor, but I just don't think it should have been done like that.
this was not the movie I expected, it was much, much worse than i could have ever possibly anticipated. it hasn't left me with tear stained cheeks or a desire for such a romance for myself as I suspect it intended to do. rather it has left me with nothing more than a full tissue box, an angry demeanor and a sincere wish that I had stuck my neck under the fan.
PS. In case you hadn't guessed, I didn't love this movie - I hated it!
Having read the Book which this movie is based on, i was very excited to see it come alive in the big screen. However, just before entering the cinema i became aware that it had been Americanised! The book is funny & sad & romantic. The movie was long & boring and lost all the charm of the book. All the funny characters had been left out of the movie and the funny parts of the book they kept were watered down. The movie rambles on and the true love between Holly & Gerry is never expressed on screen. If anyone wants to enjoy this story, READ THE BOOK. The film was a huge disappointment. Why are movie makers so obsessed with setting films in the states when the story doesn't call for it!
Fell in love with the movie that brings you the harsh reality of life. Before watching the movie I personally didn't like the lead casts but the on screen chemistry between Swank and Butler is good. The soundtrack is cool. A special mention to 'Fairytale of New York' song played at the start (Lyrics not suitable for children). Even though the movie carried some comic scenes, it is sentimental in most parts which are lovable, in my opinion. It is difficult to see characters in Hollywood like Holly who is a loyal wife to Gerry. The conversation between the mother and the daughter at the end is my favorite part. Must appreciate the camera shots in Ireland and were good. The bottom line : many of you who read the review may not agree with my ratings but this one is heartwarming and you can watch it once with your loved ones.
For those who shy away from sentimental romantic comedies with a pinch
of schmaltz, this is not for you. You will need a heart to accompany
your popcorn. Based on DVD sales, online rentals, personal
conversations I've overheard at coffee shops and mentions on online
dating sights ... this precious gem has garnered a loyal cult
following. Time will tell whether "cult" will eventually be removed and
it graduates into the "classic" category.
"P.S. I Love You" refers to the sign-off the recently deceased Gerry uses (Gerard Butler) when writing a series of love letters to his wife Holly (Swank), relatively speaking, from the grave. (That's where the spoiler alert comes in). The opening scene treats us to crackling dialogue between the two loving spouses in the form of playful fighting, rapier barbs flung rapid-fire at each other containing equal bits of tease and biting truths. In other words ... marriage. It's a genuine delight to see these two fine actors in action. The salvos feel so pure and real it recalls similar in-fighting from another classic film you may have heard of, "It Happened One Night," and the snappy duels between Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.
Indeed, the film pays direct homage to the romantic classics of yore, Holly a film buff watching Bette Davis films and singing aloud to the Judy Garland torch song "The Man That Got Away."
Back to the letters. You see, shortly after the introductory 'love fight' comes a jump cut to rival all jump cuts. Gerry's funeral. Here we meet Holly's friends, family and allies. Holly's mother (Kathy Bates), her two BFFs -- Denise (Lisa Kudrow) and Sharon (Gina Gershon) and John (James Marsters, 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer"). Later during the extended healing process, Holly befriends Daniel, the male parallel to Holly who's heartbreak is played exquisitely on his sleeve by Harry Connick Jr. Holly prefers to mourn alone, sulking in her apartment where her grief borders on mental illness and Gerry is resurrected in her mind like Harvey the rabbit. When mom and friends surprise her with a birthday cake, the real-life Gerry comes back into her life, first in the form of a recording he made before he died to wish her a happy birthday, knowing he won't be there. Kleenex please. Only to be followed by the romantic whopper ... a series of letters written in the same vein to Holly, with instructions for her to follow, in his sincere heartfelt attempt to ease her pain as a young widow.
Forget the Kleenex, grab a roll of paper towels and prepare yourself for the Niagra Falls of happy tears in this romantic romp that will compel you to buy a nonstop flight to Ireland.
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