P.S. I Love You (film)

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P.S. I Love You
PS I Love You (film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard LaGravenese
Produced by Wendy Finerman
Broderick Johnson
Andrew Kosove
Molly Smith
Screenplay by Richard LaGravenese
Steven Rogers
Based on PS, I Love You 
by Cecelia Ahern
Starring Hilary Swank
Gerard Butler
Lisa Kudrow
Gina Gershon
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Kathy Bates
Harry Connick, Jr.
Nellie McKay
Music by John Powell
Cinematography Terry Stacey
Edited by David Moritz
Production
company
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures (USA)
Momentum Pictures (UK)
Release dates
  • December 21, 2007 (2007-12-21)
Running time 125 minutes or 2h 5min
Country United States
Language English,French,Spanish
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.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

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 which screenwriter/director Richard LaGravenese had to make in order to fit the book into the screen.

The film was shot on locations in New York City and County Wicklow, Ireland.[1]

Soundtrack[edit]

P.S. I Love You
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released December 3, 2007[2]
Genre Pop, soundtrack
Length 56:44
Label Atlantic

The soundtrack for the film was released on December 3, 2007.

  1. "Love You Till the End" – The Pogues
  2. "Same Mistake" – James Blunt
  3. "More Time" – Needtobreathe
  4. "Carousel" – Laura Izibor
  5. "Fortress" – Hope
  6. "Last Train Home" – Ryan Star
  7. "Rewind" – Paolo Nutini
  8. "My Sweet Song" – Toby Lightman
  9. "No Other Love" – Chuck Prophet
  10. "Everything We Had" – The Academy Is...
  11. "In the Beginning" – The Stills
  12. "If I Ever Leave This World Alive" – Flogging Molly
  13. "P.S. I Love You" – Nellie McKay
  14. "Kisses and Cake" – John Powell
  15. "Trouble" – performed by Greg Dulli and Kerry Brown

The film also includes "Fairytale of New York" performed by The Pogues, "Got Me Like Oh" by Gia Farrell, "No Other Love" by Chuck Prophet, "Mustang Sally" performed by Gerard Butler and "Galway Girl" written and originally released by Steve Earl, performed by Gerard Butler, Nancy Davis, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Camera Obscura's "Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken" also plays in the opening credits. None of songs are included on the official soundtrack.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The film received negative reviews from critics, with most of the criticism being focused on Hilary Swank's performance. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives a score of 23% based on 99 reviews.[3] At Metacritic the film received a weighted average score of 39%, based on 24 reviews.[4]

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."[5]

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."[6]

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."[7]

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."[8]

Irish critics were particularly critical of Butler's Irish accent.[9] [10] Butler later jokingly apologized for his effort at an Irish accent.[11]

Box office[edit]

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.[12]

Accolades[edit]

Hilary Swank won the 2008 People's Choice Irish Film and Television Award for Best International Actress.[13]

Cultural influence[edit]

Dialogue between Connick's and Swank's characters inspired Reba McEntire's 2011 single "Somebody's Chelsea".[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (2007). "P.S. I Love You". Tourism Ireland. Tourism Ireland. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "P.S. I Love You". Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  3. ^ P.S. I Love You at Rotten Tomatoes Flixster
  4. ^ P.S. I Love You at Metacritic CBS
  5. ^ Manohla Dargis. "P.P.S. Take Tissues to This Weepy About a Romance Tested by Death". The New York Times, 21 December 2007
  6. ^ David Wiegand. "Review: 'P.S. I Love You' a sappy stinker with star power". San Francisco Chronicle, 21 December 2007
  7. ^ John Anderson (13 December 2007). "P.S. I Love You". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  8. ^ Stephen Whitty. "P.S. I Love You". The Oregonian (Advance Publications). Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  9. ^ Róisín Ingle (December 15, 2007). "Author of her own destiny". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 2010-10-29. 
  10. ^ Michael Dwyer (December 21, 2007). "PS, I love You". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 2010-10-30. 
  11. ^ "Movies.ie Paul Byrne". 
  12. ^ P.S. I Love You at Box Office Mojo
  13. ^ "Irish Film and Television Awards: 2008". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  14. ^ Dukes, Billy (19 August 2011). "Reba McEntire, ‘Somebody’s Chelsea’ – Lyrics Uncovered". Taste of Country. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 

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