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P.S. I Love You Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

… like if Saw IV was a romantic comedy … Read full review

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  • 2.0
    39

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    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    FYI, there's zero chemistry between P.S. I Love You's two commodified headliners. P.S.: The plus in the harsh grade goes solely to the divine Lisa Kudrow, delivering desperately needed laughs as the twitchy widow's husband-hunting best friend.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    This misguided chick flick jumps through a lot of hoops just to state the obvious: "Life goes on, enjoy the time you have."

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Aside from the inept "August Rush," there probably isn't a more clumsily manipulative motion picture out there this holiday season than P.S. I Love You.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    One of the most gifted dramatic actors working in movies today, Swank is stunningly ill suited for romantic comedy (or this one, anyway).

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The film, written (with Steven Rogers) and directed by Richard LaGravenese, is long and drags in places. But the chief problem is that "P.S." feels like a gimmick.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Tragic romance is too intense for younger kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, contrary to what the ad campaign might have you believe, this is a somewhat sad movie that deals with loss and grief -- not a straightforward romantic comedy. Its messages -- tell the people you care about that you love them before it's too late, and live life to the fullest -- are admirable, and its characters are goodhearted. But there's a fair amount of strong language (no "f--k," though there's plenty of "s--t" and "goddamn"), some frank talk about sex, and partial nudity. The movie also seems obsessed with getting the main character, Holly, hooked up with another man, as if that's the only fix for the widowed heart.

  • Families can talk about how this movie compares to other romantic comedies. How does the sad premise affect the overall tone? Can approaching grief with humor help make it easier to bear? Why or why not? Also, why do you think so many people expect Holly to fall in love with someone else? Do Hollywood movies perpetuate the idea that, to move on after a loss, you have to fall in love again? Is that realistic? Does the film's ending, especially the part about romance, surprise you? Why?

The good stuff
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    Messages: A woman sizes up men by their physical attributes (and talks loudly about it); friends fight and ignore each other or yell at each other on voicemail; a couple threatens to walk out on each other; a man's Tourette Syndrome is sometimes played for laughs. That said, in the end, the movie is about how friends and family members (dead or alive) support and love each other.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A couple fights loudly, slamming doors. Grief scenes are emotionally painful.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Couples kiss, sometimes while barely clothed in bed (though nothing but shoulders is glimpsed under the covers); men and women prance around in their underwear; one shot of a naked man's behind; close ups on abs; a woman discusses men's body parts candidly (and a man takes her to task for it); a woman propositions men in social situations.

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes "s--t," "a--hole," "son of a bitch," "goddamn," and the like.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Some mention of specific products/brands, including eBay and Marc Jacobs (specifically, his shoes). Holly has a killer designer wardrobe that, in real life, she probably wouldn't be able to afford.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking in bars and at musical events, as well as at a funeral. A few times, Holly and her friends end up plastered.

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