- P.S. I Love You (film)
P.S. I Love You
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard LaGravenese Produced by Wendy Finerman
Written by Screenplay:
Starring Hilary Swank
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Harry Connick Jr.
Music by John Powell Cinematography Terry Stacey Editing by David Moritz Studio Alcon Entertainment
Distributed by Warner Bros. (USA)
Momentum Pictures (UK)
Summit Entertainment (international sales)
Release date(s) December 21, 2007 Running time 125 minutes Country United States Language English Budget $30 million Box office $156,835,339
P.S. I Love You is a 2007 American drama film directed by Richard LaGravenese. The screenplay by LaGravenese and Steven Rogers is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Cecelia Ahern. The film is dedicated to the memory of producer Molly Smith's sister Windland Smith Rice.
Holly and Gerry are a married couple who live on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. They are deeply in love, but they fight occasionally. Gerry dies suddenly of a brain tumor and Holly realizes how much he means to her as well as how insignificant their arguments were.
Deeply distraught, Holly withdraws from her family and friends until they descend upon her on her 30th birthday. They are determined to force the young widow to face the future and decide what her next career move should be. As they rally around Holly and help organize her apartment, a cake is delivered, and with it is a message from Gerry. It proves to be the first of several meaningful messages — all ending with "P.S. I Love You" — he arranged to have delivered after his death. As the seasons pass, each new message fills her with encouragement and sends her on a new adventure. Holly's mother Patricia believes Gerry's letters are keeping Holly tied to the past. But they are, in fact, pushing her into the future. With Gerry's words as her guide, Holly slowly embarks on a journey of rediscovery.
Gerry arranged for Holly, Denise, and Sharon to travel to his homeland of Ireland. While there, they meet William, a singer who strongly reminds Holly of her deceased husband and, coincidentally, was his childhood friend. During the vacation, Denise announces she's engaged and Sharon reveals she's pregnant, and the news causes Holly to relapse emotionally and once again withdraw into herself out of sadness.
Holly eventually enrolls in a fashion course and discovers she has a flair for designing women's shoes. A newfound self-confidence allows her to emerge from her solitude and embrace her friends' happiness. While on a walk with her mother, she learns that her mother was the one who Gerry asked to deliver his letters after his death. She takes her mother on a trip to Ireland and, as the film ends, the audience is left with the notion that Holly has opened herself up to the journey that the rest of her life will be, and wherever it takes her; she finally abandons her fear of falling in love again.
- Hilary Swank as Holly Kennedy
- Gerard Butler as Gerry Kennedy
- Lisa Kudrow as Denise Hennessey
- Gina Gershon as Sharon McCarthy
- James Marsters as John McCarthy
- Kathy Bates as Patricia Reilly
- Harry Connick Jr. as Daniel Connelly
- Jeffrey Dean Morgan as William Gallagher
- Nellie McKay as Ciara Reilly
- Nitesh Upraity as Superstar
In A Conversation with Cecilia Ahern, a bonus feature on the DVD release of the film, the author of the original novel discusses the Americanization of her story — which was set in Ireland — for the screen and her satisfaction with the plot changes made by screenwriter/director Richard LaGravenese.
The film opened on 2,454 screens in North America and earned $6,481,221 and ranked #6 on its opening weekend. It eventually grossed $53,695,808 at the North American box office and $91,370,273 in the rest of the world for a total worldwide box office of $156,835,339.
The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 23 percent of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 86 reviews, while Metacritic indicated the film had an average score of 39 out of 100, based on 24 reviews.
Manohla Dargis of The New York Times said the film "looks squeaky clean and utterly straight and very much removed from the shadow worlds in which Ms. Swank has done her best work. Yet as directed by Richard LaGravenese ... it has a curious morbid quality ... [It] won't win any awards; it isn't the sort of work that flatters a critic's taste. It's preposterous in big and small matters ... and there are several cringe-worthy set pieces, some involving Mr. Butler and a guitar. The film is not a beautiful object or a memorable cultural one, and yet it charms, however awkwardly. Ms. Swank's ardent sincerity and naked emotionalism dovetail nicely with Mr. LaGravenese's melodramatic excesses."
David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle said, "This is a movie that will leave you stunned and stupefied from beginning to end, if you don't head for the exits first. The only good things in it are Lisa Kudrow and Swank's wardrobe. The plot is unbelievable, although a competent script could have fixed that. The direction is flabby and uninspired, the casting is wrongheaded, and the performances run the gamut from uninteresting to insufferable ... the film wants terribly to be Ghost without a potter's wheel, but it just succeeds at being terrible."
John Anderson of Variety opined, "The question of love after death has been asked frequently enough in the movies, but seldom with the high ick factor found in P.S. I Love You ... this post-life comedy will have the sentimentally challenged weeping openly, while clutching desperately to the pants-legs of boyfriends and husbands who are trying to flee up the aisle. Richard LaGravenese's trip into Lifetime territory may define the guilty pleasure of the genre ... As an exercise in chick-flickery, P.S. I Love You wants to possess the soulfulness of harsh reality and the lilt of romantic fantasy at the same time. In this case, at least, it simply can't be done."
Stephen Whitty of The Oregonian said, "On a week when many people just want a good reason to put down their packages and smile for a couple of hours, P.S. I Love You arrives -- signed, sealed and delivered just on time."
Awards and nominations
The soundtrack includes "Love You 'til the End" and "Fairytale of New York" performed by The Pogues, "Everything We Had" by The Academy Is..., "Got Me Like Oh" by Gia Farrell, "In the Beginning" by The Stills, "No Other Love" by Chuck Prophet, "More Time" by Needtobreathe, "The Last Train Home" by Ryan Star, "Rewind" by Paolo Nutini, "My Sweet Song" by Toby Lightman, "If I Ever Leave This World Alive" by Flogging Molly,"Same Mistake" by James Blunt. Camera Obscura's "Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken" also plays in the opening credits.
- "Love You 'Till the End" by The Pogues
- "Same Mistake" by James Blunt
- "More Time" by Needtobreathe
- "Carousel" by Laura Izibor
- "Fortress" by Hope
- "Last Train Home" by Ryan Star
- "Rewind" by Paolo Nutini
- "My Sweet Song" by Toby Lightman
- "No Other Love" by Chuck Prophet
- "Everything We Had" by The Academy Is...
- "In the Beginning" by The Stills
- "If I Ever Leave This World Alive" by Flogging Molly
- "P.S. I Love You" by Nellie McKay
- "Kisses and Cake" by John Powell
Trouble performed by Greg Dulli and Kerry Brown (not on Official movie soundtrack)
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- ^ Manohla Dargis. "P.P.S. Take Tissues to This Weepy About a Romance Tested by Death". The New York Times. December 21, 2007.
- ^ David Wiegand. "Review: 'P.S. I Love You' a sappy stinker with star power". San Francisco Chronicle. December 21, 2007.
- ^ John Anderson (2007-12-13). "P.S. I Love You". Variety (Reed Business Information). http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117935643.html. Retrieved 2010-01-17.
- ^ Stephen Whitty. "P.S. I Love You". The Oregonian (Advance Publications). http://www.oregonlive.com/movies/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/entertainment/1198108516290780.xml&coll=7. Retrieved 2010-03-10.
- ^ "Irish Film and Television Awards: 2008". Internet Movie Database. http://www.imdb.com/Sections/Awards/Irish_Film_and_Television_Awards/2008. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
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