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 byRichard LaGravenese
Screenplay byRichard LaGravenese
Steven Rogers
Based onPS, I Love You
by Cecelia Ahern
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyTerry Stacey
Edited byDavid Moritz
Music byJohn Powell
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release date
  • December 21, 2007 (2007-12-21) (United States)
Running time
125 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$30 million[2]
Box office$156.8 million[2]

P.S. I Love You is a 2007 American romantic drama film directed by Richard LaGravenese from a screenplay by LaGravenese and Steven Rogers based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Cecelia Ahern. The film stars Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Lisa Kudrow, Gina Gershon, James Marsters, Harry Connick Jr. and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

The film was released in the United States on December 21, 2007, by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was critically panned, with criticism being directed at Swank's performance and the writing. It was a box office success, and grossed $156.8 million worldwide against a $30 million budget. In 2019 Swank expressed interest in adapting the follow-up book into a second film.[3][4]

Plot[edit]

Holly and Gerry are a married couple who live on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. They are deeply in love though they fight occasionally. One winter, Gerry dies of a brain tumor, and Holly realizes how much he meant to her as well as how insignificant their arguments and differences were.

Deeply distraught, Holly withdraws from her family and friends out of grief until they descend upon her on her thirtieth birthday. She doesn't want to live anymore without him. They are determined to prod the young widow to face the future and explore what her life choices 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 "P.S. I Love You"—which he had arranged to have delivered to her after his death.

As the seasons pass, each new message fills her with encouragement and sends her on a new adventure. Holly's mother is worried that Gerry's letters are keeping Holly tied to the past. With Gerry's words as her guide, Holly slowly embarks on a journey of rediscovery.

Gerry arranged for Holly and her friends Denise and Sharon to travel to his homeland of Ireland. They arrive at their destination, a house in the beautiful Irish countryside where they find letters from Gerry for Sharon & Denise, one asking Denise to take Holly to his favorite pub. While there, they meet William, a singer who strongly reminds Holly of her deceased husband. He asks her to stay to see him after his last song ("Galway Girl"), which he dedicates to her. Upon hearing it, she is overcome with emotion and walks out, because it was the song Gerry sang to her shortly after they first met.

During the vacation, while on a fishing trip, they lose the boat's oars, leaving the three women stranded in the middle of a lake. During their wait for help, Sharon announces that she is pregnant and Denise reveals she is getting married. This news causes Holly to relapse emotionally and again withdraw into herself. They are eventually rescued by William, whom Sharon and Denise invite to stay the night because of the pouring rain.

Unable to deny their feelings for each other, William and Holly kiss and have sex. They begin a conversation about her deceased husband and Holly asks William to drive her to visit her in-laws. Upon Holly revealing their names, William realizes she is the widow of his childhood best friend. Revealing this to Holly causes her to panic, but William calms her down and starts to tell stories about his and Gerry's childhood. The next day, Holly visits Gerry's parents and while there receives another letter from Gerry, reminding her of their first meeting.

Arriving home, Holly again withdraws from family and friends. As she continues to become more and more lost, she is inspired by Gerry after finding one of his suspender clips next to one of her shoes and realizes she has a flair for designing women's shoes; she enrolls in a class that teaches how to actually make the shoes she has designed. New found self-confidence allows her to emerge from her solitude and genuinely embrace her friends' happiness.

While on a walk with her mother, she learns that her mother was the one whom Gerry asked to deliver his letters after his death. Her mother hands her the last letter and she takes it home where she gets a voicemail from Daniel asking her to forget everything he said[clarification needed] about not wanting her. She meets him at Yankee Stadium and asks him to read the last letter from Gerry, who tells her not to turn away from new love. Daniel and Holly kiss but decide they are better off as friends.

Later, Holly takes her mother on a trip to Ireland. By chance they meet William, and he expresses his wish to see her again.

Cast[edit]

  • Hilary Swank as Holly Reilly-Kennedy
  • Gerard Butler as Gerry Kennedy, Holly's husband
  • Lisa Kudrow as Denise Hennessey, One of Holly's best friends
  • Gina Gershon as Sharon McCarthy, One of Holly's best friends
  • James Marsters as John McCarthy, Sharon's husband and Gerry's best friend
  • Harry Connick Jr. as Daniel Connelly, Patricia's employee and Holly's new friend
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan as William Gallagher, Holly's love interest and Gerry's childhood best friend
  • Nellie McKay as Ciara Reilly, Holly's sister
  • Kathy Bates as Patricia Reilly, Holly and Ciara's mother
  • Anne Kent as Rose Kennedy, Gerry's mother
  • Brian McGrath as Martin Kennedy, Gerry's father

Production[edit]

In A Conversation with Cecilia Ahern, a bonus feature on the DVD release of the film, the author of the novel discusses the Americanization of her story — which was set in Ireland — for the screen and her satisfaction with the plot changes which screenwriter and 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.[5] The music scenes that were set in a local Wicklow pub were filmed in Whelan's a music venue in Dublin.[6]

Soundtrack[edit]

P.S. I Love You
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedDecember 3, 2007[7]
GenrePop
Length56:44
LabelAtlantic

The soundtrack for the film was released on December 4, 2007.[8]

  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 Earle, 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.[8][9]

All tracks are written by John Powell.

P.S. I Love You
No.TitleLength
1."Make Up Kisses"3:00
2."Bette Davis Montage"1:13
3."You Gotta Be Rich"0:52
4."The Cake"1:46
5."The Urn"2:00
6."Puke/ 1st Letter"2:43
7."Holly Gets Fired"0:45
8."Jacket"1:27
9."Travel Agent"4:04
10."To Eire"2:54
11."Reading Letter"0:47
12."William On The Lake"1:23
13."Kitchen Waltz"4:53
14."On The Lake"2:28
15."The Kennedys"1:08
16."Last Tune"0:50
17."Gerry's Fort"1:04
18."The Meeting"4:31
19."The Kiss"1:56
20."Home Again"0:33
21."Enough"0:39
22."Somebody's Gerry"1:43
23."It Was Me"3:35
24."Sis Kiss"2:37
25."P.S. I Love You"1:23
Total length:50:00

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives a score of 25% based on 105 reviews, with an average rating of 4.50/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Hilary Swank is miscast as the romantic lead in this clichéd film about loss and love."[10] At Metacritic the film received a weighted average score of 39 out of 100, based on reviews from 24 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[11] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade "A-" on scale of A to F.[12]

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."[13]

David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "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."[14]

John Anderson of Variety also had a negative review: "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."[15]

Stephen Whitty of The Oregonian wrote, "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."[16]

Irish reviewers were particularly critical of Butler's Irish accent.[17][18] Butler later jokingly apologized for his poor effort at an Irish accent.[19]

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.[20][2]

Accolades[edit]

Hilary Swank won the 2008 People's Choice Irish Film and Television Award for Best International Actress.[21]

Cultural influence[edit]

Dialogue between Connick's and Swank's characters inspired Reba McEntire's 2011 single "Somebody's Chelsea".[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hazelton, John (December 14, 2007). "P.S. I Love You". Screen Daily. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "P.S. I Love You (2007) - Financial Information". The Numbers.
  3. ^ "Ahern says Swank will return for PS I Love You sequel". RTÉ.ie. September 19, 2019.
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (February 12, 2020). "Film News Roundup: Hilary Swank's 'P.S. I Love You' Is Getting a Sequel". Variety.
  5. ^ Staff (2007). "P.S. I Love You". Tourism Ireland. Tourism Ireland. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
  6. ^ Mulvaney, Amy (April 10, 2019). "'Many legends have played here. It's a long list': The enduring pull of Whelan's after 30 years in business". TheJournal.ie. People even fly in from Brazil to propose here after seeing PS I Love You. We get questions every day from people asking about it.
  7. ^ "P.S. I Love You". Amazon. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "P.S. I Love You [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] - Original Soundtrack | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  9. ^ "P.S. I Love You (2007) - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  10. ^ "P.S. I Love You". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 1, 2022.
  11. ^ P.S. I Love You at Metacritic Edit this at Wikidata CBS
  12. ^ "P.S. I LOVE YOU (2007) A-". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on December 20, 2018.
  13. ^ Manohla Dargis. "P.P.S. Take Tissues to This Weepy About a Romance Tested by Death". The New York Times, December 21, 2007
  14. ^ David Wiegand. "Review: 'P.S. I Love You' a sappy stinker with star power". San Francisco Chronicle, December 21, 2007
  15. ^ John Anderson (December 13, 2007). "P.S. I Love You". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved January 1, 2022.
  16. ^ Stephen Whitty. "P.S. I Love You". The Oregonian. Advance Publications. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
  17. ^ Róisín Ingle (December 15, 2007). "Author of her own destiny". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010.
  18. ^ Michael Dwyer (December 21, 2007). "PS, I love You". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010.
  19. ^ Movies.ie Paul Byrne. Archived from the original on March 19, 2014. Retrieved January 20, 2014 – via YouTube.{{cite AV media}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  20. ^ P.S. I Love You at Box Office Mojo
  21. ^ "Hilary Swank wins an IFTA". RTE.ie. February 15, 2008.
  22. ^ Dukes, Billy (August 19, 2011). "Reba McEntire, 'Somebody's Chelsea' – Lyrics Uncovered". Taste of Country. Retrieved August 31, 2011.

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