PS: I Love You
Rated PG-13; Directed by Richard LaGravanese; Starring Hillary Swank, Gerard Butler, Kathy Bates, Harry Conick, Jr., Lisa Kudrow, Gina Gershon
PS: I Love You is the kind of move that you dread to see. Will this story of a widow who receives letters penned by her late husband be too sappy? Will it be one long scene after another watching the widow cry as she reads the letters? Will the movie just be a miserable downer or one of those fake raise-your-spirits kind of movie? Well, the movie doesn’t quite fit any of those descriptions, but there are tears (some coming from the audience), some laughs, and a decent story that takes too long to tell.
With a nice scene to set up what Holly (Hillary Swank) and Gerry’s (Gerard Butler) marriage was like, we next discover that Gerry has died from a brain tumor. Holly is desolate and finding life a struggle when Gerry surprises her with a message created before he died. He planned out a series of letters to be sent to her to help her get her life in order and we watch her begin to think about her life as she receives each letter.
It’s an uncomfortable premise, but writer and director Richard LaGravanese shows us the charming side of Gerry and makes it believable. It helps that the supporting cast adds some humor. The movie goes on too long and it does end up weepy too many times, but it doesn’t try to be anything more than an unassuming movie. Yes, PS: I Love You is a prime example of a “chick flick” and there is nothing wrong with that. It’s a nice experience to stifle tears with the rest of the audience.