P.S. I Love You (12A)

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Review byMatthew Turner02/01/2008

Two out of Five stars
Running time: 123 mins

Badly written, horribly sentimental and frequently tedious beyond belief, this so-called romantic drama struggles to convince on any conceivable level, despite the best efforts of its supporting cast.

What's it all about?
Based on a novel by Cecilia Ahern and directed by Richard LaGravenese, P.S. I Love You stars Hilary Swank as 30-year-old Holly Kennedy, who's devastated when her Irish husband Gerry (Gerard Butler) dies after a short illness. However, before he died, Gerry had sufficient presence of mind to set in motion a series of letters to Holly that are timed to arrive throughout the year following his death, with the aim of helping her move on with her life.

Sure enough, the letters eventually take Holly and her best friends Denise (Gina Gershon) and Sharon (Lisa Kudrow) to Gerry's hometown in Ireland, where they meet an attractive musician (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who takes a shine to Holly. Meanwhile, Holly's mother (Kathy Bates) worries that the letters are keeping Holly tied to the past and instead tries to set her up with her colleague, Daniel (Harry Connick Jnr).

The Good
Ultimately, the only good things about P.S. I Love You are the supporting performances by Kudrow and Gershon, both of whom are far better than the film deserves and who single-handedly rescue it from one star ignominy.

The Bad
The film's biggest problem is its thoroughly unconvincing script - none of the main characters ring true and the various situations seem contrived to be as vomit-inducingly sentimental as possible. It also doesn't help that Gerry himself is deeply annoying in the first place, thanks to an eminently punchable performance from Gerard Butler.

Swank does her best under the circumstances but she struggles to breathe life into Holly, especially as she's meant to be depressed for most of the film. However, some of the performances are just flat-out awful, such as Harry Connick Jnr's painfully embarrassing turn as Daniel, the barman with a mild case of Tourette's Syndrome.

Worth seeing?
In short, P.S. I Love You is badly written, badly acted, horribly sentimental and occasionally downright patronising. Audiences deserve better.

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