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P.S. I Don't Love the Movie, But Kinda Love Gerard Butler

P.S. I Don't Love the Movie, But Kinda Love Gerard Butler

Note: My buddy Molly wrote this review because I was unable to attend the screening for the movie. Thanks, Molly!

To be fair, P.S. I Love You isn't as bad as I feared it would be, but it also wasn't nearly as sweet a movie as the premise could have created. Instead, Hilary Swank further proved that she's far better at serious dramas than slightly endearing romances. Hey, on the bright side, Gerard Butler was on screen more than I thought he would be and he spent much of the time either shirtless or in a tight tank top. No complaints there.

The premise of the movie is nothing more than it seems. A young couple in love is ripped apart when Gerry (Butler) dies fairly suddenly of a brain tumor. But before he passes he writes Holly (Swank) a series of letters and arranges for them to find her in various ways over the course of the year following his death. On the one hand, it's heart-meltingly sweet, the kind of movie that you just know you'll cry watching. On the other, is there something a little sadistic about forcing your widow to wait every day hoping for word from you only to draw out the heartbreak of your death over a whole year? It's an interesting conundrum, and one that P.S. doesn't quite figure out.

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The movie opens on a fight between Holly and Gerry in their Lower East Side apartment. It's dramatic and passionate, as fights between lovers tend to be, and a lot of threats are thrown around. In the end, they make up but don't actually resolve anything, and then, bam! Just like that, in the next scene we're at Gerry's wake. It's an incomplete photo of this love story the viewer is supposed to see as huge and important, but the blanks aren't ever really filled in. We get bits and pieces of their history (and swoon-worthy Gerard moments), but Hilary Swank rarely seems anything but whiny and insufferable.

Kathy Bates, who plays Holly's mother, has her reasons for disliking Gerry and his letter-writing, but mostly seems pretty unsupportive of her grieving daughter. Thankfully, she's a strong enough actress to make it work. Other bit players are all equal parts high and low, Lisa Kudrow is 80% just playing Phoebe, for better or for worse, and Harry Connick Jr. is kind of quirky/sweet, but to be honest he made me uncomfortable.

Overall the movie is fine, but nothing more. It'll make you cry if you're into that sort of thing and it will probably make you roll your eyes at least a few times. To its merit, it doesn't go the easiest possible route with the ending, but along the way there are moments when it seems like the kindest gesture is just too intentionally heartbreaking. I'm sure there will be a few people who love this movie, but for most it's a love story that (like the bad karaoke in the film) just doesn't hit the right notes.

P.S. There is not nearly enough Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

To see the trailer and more clips from P.S. I Love You, check out movies.ivillage.com.

Photos courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures


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RyanRachelFan RyanRachelFan 7 years
I don´t agree with this review at all! I loved this movie, it was so sweet, sad and funny! Especially Lisa Kudrow made me laugh. And the guys... that is to say THE MEN were top class, of course no one beat Jeffrey Dean Morgan... sexy monster.. Anyway, I would give this 4 out of 6 stars. It was really good.
cheersdahlin cheersdahlin 8 years
I loved this !!
sugarbecky sugarbecky 8 years
Gerard Butler's abs and Jeffrey Dean Morgan's butt are the only two reasons to see this movie!! I rolled my eyes the whole time, and I'm about as sappy as it gets, but this movie just never gelled for me. I think that had a lot to do with Hilary Swank. Please don't pay her to be a romantic lead ever again!! And Harry Connick Jr. could've used a razor. Plus, how did Gerry afford to send not only Holly to Ireland, but also her two friends!! That was the biggest conundrum for me.
smileforme811 smileforme811 8 years
Gerald Butler makes the movie - he is so hot, Hilary comes off as a little rough around the edges, but it was a good movie - just for the manjoyment!!
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
This movie was great! Hilary was adorable .. I never go by critics.
lula29 lula29 8 years
I was almost dragged to see this, but with help of God and the Universe, escaped without having to endure this movie. Thank you God. I like Hilary Swank, but not for this type of movie and I'm not big on RomComs in general, I only tend to like them when they happen to come on TV and I'm stuck in the house. I think Swank should stick to edgy dramas.
yiddidea yiddidea 8 years
I thought the movie was cute, but not great. Gerard Butler is beautiful and that almost makes up for his not-so-great irish dialect. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, however, is swoonworthy and his accent was actually pretty good. Hilary Swank was okay, but at times her character was just too harsh. I am a sucker for romantic comedies, so I won't be too hard on the film. I would watch it again simply for the eye candy. ;)
us40 us40 8 years
i have yet to see the movie but i just finished the book and rather enjoyed it - it was not written super well but its a great story none the less that really hooks you but after checking out IMDB and seeing that half the main characters from the book are gone and that it takes place in US rather than in Ireland i was disappointed and cant decided weather or not i want to ruin the picture i have in my head by seeing the movie
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
This is Hillary Swanks Failed attempt to get her into the "sweet love drama" genre and out of the "edgy hard drama" that we are used to seeing her in. It wont work, everyone sees her as Brandon Teena and the fighter chick, and thats it. She isnt attractive or endearing enough to pull it off. This movie is going to bomb, and poor gerard is brought down with it.
bronzebeauty719 bronzebeauty719 8 years
please watch the movie! i saw it last night and looooooooooooved it...
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 8 years
Can I just say I've seen the trailer and as an Irish girl I am HORRIFIED at Gerard's accent! :rant: It is possible the worst attempt I have ever heard! :cry:
NinaG NinaG 8 years
I really enjoyed the book but as soon as I saw the cast (except for Gerard Butler: YUM) I was immediately turned off, is that bad? After reading all the reviews I think I will give this one a pass.
Kellylicious Kellylicious 8 years
i'm hoping for the best with this movie. i'm a big gerry fan, but i don't know about hilary in this kinda film.
Schaianne Schaianne 8 years
Sounds like I might relegate this to the Netflix list or wait for it on USA or something.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Ugh why is Hilary Swank playing the lead????
ayanaphil ayanaphil 8 years
I went to a midnight showing last night with my best friend last night and I will say I enjoyed it. I'm not big on romantic comedies though. I loved seeing JDM and I wanted more of him.
demeter demeter 8 years
I don't care what anyone says! This looks like such a cute movie, I can't wait to see it!
SMEEheehee SMEEheehee 8 years
I saw the movie - it was corny but sweet. I'm a sap so it made my cry at various points, but there were definitely parts I sincerely disliked. Overall, a cute movie but not a great one. I'd watch it again, though.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
gerry bulter is hott!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Hilary Swank seems to be so miscast in this film. I'll add it to my Netflix list and wait.
emalove emalove 8 years
I think Hilary Swank is a great actress, but this movie looks like the same ol' boring and predictable romance. Yawn.
EatYourVeggies EatYourVeggies 8 years
Jeffrey Dean Morgan was the biggest draw for me to watch this movie. Alas, the rest of the cast is not so appealing, except maybe Gerard Butler. I don't think I'll be watching this.
susanec susanec 8 years
I read the book on a plane the other day and after doublechecking the casting (thanks IMDB) I'm totally unconvinced. It just seems really wrong and can't imagine the changes. The book was pretty lightweight, but pleasant but the movie makes me wary even though I adore Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
dlm37 dlm37 8 years
As a fan of the book, I thought the movie would be great. That was until I heard Hilary Swank was playing the lead character. I don't see her as the main character at all. The trailer with Lisa Kudrow seems exactly like her Phoebe character. When I can't stand the trailer, it's likely I'll despise the movie. It's too bad because the book was really great.
elanakat elanakat 8 years
This is really disappointing because I loved the book that it is based on a lot! But I can definitly tell that it is the type of book that they would change a lot to fit a movie. But I will see it to see two of my favorite long lost characters Phoebe and Denny! haha
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