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by Willie Waffle

P.S. I Love You 

Hilary Swank stars as Holly – a 29-year old lady with big dreams, but a small apartment and low paying job in New York City (which is the movie’s first problem.  Her apartment is ENORMOUS, especially by New York standards, but I digress).  However, she has the perfect husband in Irish, fun loving, rogue Gerry (Gerard Butler).  They are madly in love, but he suddenly develops a brain tumor, and passes away. 

As you can imagine, Holly is devastated and living life in a haze of old movies and stale pizza boxes, but Gerry has a plan to help her get past it all.  After his death, the husband has arranged for a series of letters to be delivered to his wife, each one with a new challenge to help Holly move on with her life. 

Can Holly accomplish her goals and start living again?

Hilary Swank is not your typical girlie girl, but she desperately wants to be.  I can understand her desire because we all have some idealized version of ourselves we wish the rest of the world would embrace (I want the world to look at me and see Johnny Depp).  Due to this, you might think P.S. I Love You will be an insufferable gooey mess of a chick flick trying to make you laugh, but it’s actually funny with a few gooey moments.

Swank will not make anyone think she is the next coming of Lucille Ball, or even Julia Louis-Dreyfus, but, aside from some painfully awkward physical slapstick comedy, she’s entertaining enough as co-writer/director Richard LaGravenese and co-writer Steven Rogers make P.S. I Love You goofier than you might expect.  Swank excels when we get to focus on her character’s loneliness and mourning, but also as she makes Holly come out of her shell, embrace life again and stumble through a series of adventures designed to win us over. 

Plus, Swank, even when attempting to fill a role that is not her forte, looks a million times better next to Nellie McKay – the songstress who tries acting in the role of Holly’s sister.  It’s hard to tell if McKay simply is overly enthusiastic and trying too hard, or working while in a chemically altered state that makes her rambunctious and loud. The rest of the cast is a collection of pros who know how to get the most out of the script, especially Lisa Kudrow, who is the most accomplished and brilliant comedy actor in the whole movie.  She makes the most out of a bit part, which shows her brilliance, but makes you wish she was in the lead.

P.S. I Love You is a nice alternative to the heavy Oscar fare and action movies dominating the Cineplex at this time of year.

2 ½ Waffles (Out of 4)

P.S. I Love You is rated PG-13 for sexual references and brief nudity

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