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Love, Rosie (2014)

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Rosie and Alex have been best friends since they were 5, so they couldn't possibly be right for one another...or could they? When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies.

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Christian Ditter

Writers:

Juliette Towhidi (screenplay), Cecelia Ahern (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lily Collins ... Rosie Dunne
Sam Claflin ... Alex Stewart
Christian Cooke ... Greg
Jaime Winstone ... Ruby
Suki Waterhouse ... Bethany
Tamsin Egerton ... Sally
Jamie Beamish ... Phil
Lorcan Cranitch ... Dennis Dunne
Ger Ryan ... Alice Dunne
Lily Laight ... Katie (12 yrs)
Matthew Dillon Matthew Dillon ... Toby (12 yrs)
Rosa Molloy Rosa Molloy ... Katie (5 yrs)
Sadbh Malin Sadbh Malin ... Clare
Nick Lee ... Herb
Damien Devaney Damien Devaney ... Man in the Lift
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Storyline

From the age of 5 Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart have been best friends, as they take on life they just end up getting separated time and time again. When it comes to love it's just everyone else but each other... But when will they realise they are meant to be together?

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Taglines:

They just can't get themselves together. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Rosie Dunne See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,893, 8 February 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,893, 8 February 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,553,956, 30 July 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sam Claflin said that he was up for doing an Irish accent for the film, but nobody would let him when the decision was made to set the film in England. See more »

Goofs

In the inauguration party of Rosie's hotel, we see Ruby in frame. After 13 seconds, we see Ruby running though the front door which is not possible. See more »

Quotes

Sally: [screaming] Oh! Why can't you just say fudge?
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Alternate Versions

There is a very heavily-edited version of the film, which is shown on some in-flight entertainment systems (e.g. Etihad). The early part of the film is cut down so much that it is not clear who is father of Katie until roughly half-way through the film, when Greg returns to find Rosie at the hotel. See more »

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References Back to the Future (1985) See more »

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Push It
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Slight and predictable, but just amiable enough to work.
29 October 2014 | by shawneofthedeadSee all my reviews

Romance novelist Cecilia Ahern made a bit of a splash in chick-lit circles when her second novel, Where Rainbows End, was published in 2004. It was a tale of two people who were clearly perfect for each other but could never seem to find their way towards being in love, told in the form of e-mails, text messages and letters. The story itself was predictable, but the format was reasonably hip and refreshing at the time. Ten years later, the book has been turned into a slight but amiable romantic comedy for the silver screen. The film isn't particularly hip or refreshing, but boasts just enough charm and emotion to entertain - even if it isn't a film that will stay with you for long afterwards.

Rosie Dunne (Lily Collins) has been best friends with Alex Stewart (Sam Claflin) since they were kids. They've always meant the world to each other, but have never become more than friends. At their high-school prom, they ask other people to the dance. Alex moves to Boston to begin his studies in medicine, and Rosie must stay behind due to an unexpected pregnancy. Over the next several years, she raises a child on her own, and he gets married. Through all of life's changes and upheavals, they still pop up on each other's radar, connected via e-mails, text messages and a bond that one suspects can never really be broken.

That's pretty much it, really - the outcome of the film is never in doubt, however long it might take to get there. Indeed, one problem with Love, Rosie is that it does take a relatively long time to get to the point, even though it's tried to simplify Ahern's novel by merging characters and removing subplots. The longer it goes on, the harder it becomes to buy into the various situations, events and misunderstandings that conspire to keep Alex and Rosie apart - whether it's his marriage or hers, the rekindling of old relationships, or plain ol' geography. Their relationship is so heavily peppered with coincidences and mishaps that it could have made a decent dark melodrama about the dangerous effects of co- dependency.

And yet, for all its plot problems, Love, Rosie is a mostly charming affair. There's some real depth to the relationship between Rosie and Alex, one which transcends both friendship and romance in unexpectedly touching ways - whether it's her decision not to ruin his future by telling him about her pregnancy, or the comfort he selflessly gives her when she's struggling to stay afloat in the wake of a family tragedy. Thrown into the mix is the sweet chemistry shared by Collins and Claflin, who are both very cute and very committed to making their roles work. (Collins never feels or looks old enough to play the mother of a teenage girl, even one who had her kid as a teenager, but that's a minor quibble.)

Considering how predictable the story is, it's something of a minor miracle that Love, Rosie works at all. But it does, for the most part, whenever it manages to find the heart and humour of its characters and their almost painfully intertwined lives amidst its many narrative contrivances. It's not great art, or even one of the great romantic comedies, but it's a surprisingly decent diversion - one that should please Ahern's fans and perhaps win her a few new ones.


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