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P.S. I Love You

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Directed byRichard LaGravenese
Screenplay byRichard LaGravenese
Steven Rogers
Based onPS, I Love You
by Cecelia Ahern
Produced by
  • Wendy Finerman
  • Broderick Johnson
  • Andrew Kosove
  • Molly Smith
Starring
  • Hilary Swank
  • Gerard Butler
  • Lisa Kudrow
  • Harry Connick Jr.
  • Gina Gershon
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan
  • Kathy Bates
CinematographyTerry Stacey
Edited byDavid Moritz
Music byJohn Powell

Production
companies

  • Alcon Entertainment
  • Grosvenor Park Productions
  • 2S Films
Distributed by
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (United States)
  • Summit Entertainment (International)[1]

Release date

  • December 21, 2007 (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 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 living in Manhattan; they fight occasionally but are deeply in love. One winter, Gerry dies of a brain tumor, causing Holly lớn withdraw from her family and friends out of grief.

On Holly's 30th birthday, a cake is delivered along with a cassette that holds a recording from Gerry— the first of several meaningful messages all ending "P.S. I Love You", which he had arranged lớn have delivered lớn her after his death. Holly's mom, Patricia, who never warmed lớn the idea of her marrying Gerry when she was nineteen, is not pleased, worried that it will keep Holly tied lớn the past.

As each season passes, Gerry's messages fill Holly with encouragement lớn continue living. Having organized for Holly and her two best friends, Denise and Sharon, lớn travel lớn his homeland of Ireland, they arrive at a beautiful house in the Irish countryside and find a letter addressed lớn each of them; one asks Denise lớn take Holly lớn his favorite pub. While there, Holly meets William, a singer who strongly reminds her of Gerry. He dedicates a tuy nhiên lớn her, ("Galway Girl"); upon hearing it, she is overcome with emotion and walks out, realizing it was the tuy nhiên Gerry sang trọng lớn her when they first met.

While out fishing on the lake, the women lose their boat's oars, leaving them stranded. As they wait for help, Sharon announces that she is pregnant and Denise reveals she is getting married. Their news causes Holly lớn relapse emotionally and begin lớn withdraw into herself again. They are eventually rescued by William, whom Sharon and Denise invite lớn stay the night because of the rain. Unable lớn deny their feelings for each other, William and Holly have sex. They later have a conversation about Gerry and, when Holly mentions his parents who she wants lớn go and visit, William realizes she is the widow of his childhood friend. Holly panics, but William calms her down by telling her stories about his and Gerry's friendship. The next day, Holly visits Gerry's parents and while there, receives another letter, reminding her of how they met.

Arriving trang chính, Holly continues lớn withdraw from her life, but is later inspired lớn start designing women's shoes after finding one of Gerry's suspender clips on one of her heels. She enrolls in a design class, and, over time, her newfound confidence allows her lớn emerge from her solitude and genuinely embrace her friends' happiness. Holly also goes out lớn dinner with an old friend, Daniel, who reveals he has always had feelings for her. Knowing Holly doesn't return the same feelings, and after she calls him Gerry by mistake, Daniel leaves the restaurant.

While on a walk with her mother, Patricia hands Holly a final letter from Gerry, revealing she was the one whom he had asked lớn deliver all of the messages; she said she didn't think it was appropriate but also couldn't say no lớn him. Holly returns trang chính lớn a voicemail from Daniel. They meet at Yankee Stadium and she asks him lớn read the letter; in it, Gerry tells her not lớn turn away from new love. Holly and Daniel share a kiss but then decide they are better staying as friends.

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

Cast[edit]

  • Hilary Swank as Holly Kennedy
  • Gerard Butler as Gerry Kennedy, Holly's husband
  • Lisa Kudrow as Denise Hennessey, one of Holly's best friends
  • Harry Connick Jr. as Daniel Connelly, Patricia's employee and Holly's new friend
  • Gina Gershon as Sharon McCarthy, one of Holly's best friends
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan as William Gallagher, Holly's love interest and Gerry's childhood best friend
  • Kathy Bates as Patricia Reilly, Holly's mother
  • James Marsters as John McCarthy, Sharon's husband and Gerry's best friend
  • Nellie McKay as Ciara Reilly, Holly's sister
  • Dean Winters as Tom
  • 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 mix in Ireland — for the screen and her satisfaction with the plot changes which screenwriter and director Richard LaGravenese had lớn make in order lớn fit the book into the screen.

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The film was shot on locations in Thành Phố New York City and County Wicklow, Ireland.[5] The music scenes that were mix 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 lớn Be Heartbroken" also plays in the opening credits. None of these 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 trang web 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 lớn F.[12]

Manohla Dargis of The Thành Phố 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 mix 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 lớn over, 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 lập cập the gamut from uninteresting lớn insufferable ... the film wants terribly lớn 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 lớn the pants-legs of boyfriends and husbands who are trying lớn 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 lớn 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 lớn 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]

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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]

  • The Letter (1997 film) (South Korea)
  • The Letter (2004 film) (Thai Remake)

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 lớn 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 đôi mươi, 2018.
  13. ^ Manohla Dargis. "P.P.S. Take Tissues lớn This Weepy About a Romance Tested by Death". The Thành Phố 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 đôi mươi, 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.

External links[edit]

  • P.S. I Love You at AllMovie
  • P.S. I Love You at IMDb