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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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.
Violence & Scariness
A couple fights loudly, slamming doors. Grief scenes are emotionally painful.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Language includes "s--t," "a--hole," "son of a bitch," "goddamn," and the like.
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Products & Purchases
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.
Drinking, Drugs & 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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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
P.S. I Love You would be fine if it were a drama. But it's supposed to be a romantic comedy, a chick flick -- or at least it's been pitched that way in ads and trailers, and therein lies the problem. There's no denying Swank's talent, but let's face it: She's better off in the dramas that made her famous than in a frothy movie like this. Try as she might, she's just too serious, too -- dare we say it? -- good at emoting her sadness that she's unable to make this film much fun. (And isn't that the point of a rom-com?) Not even the presence of a comic genius like Lisa Kudrow can pull the movie out of its misery. Even the usually appealing Harry Connick Jr. is a dud here as an oddball love interest who can't hold back his often-rude observations (he has Tourette Syndrome)
It's not that P.S. I Love You doesn't have any redeeming value. On the contrary; it's entertaining enough. Director Richard LaGravenese has some fine moments; the Emerald Isle looks beautiful, indeed, and the story unfolds at a jaunty enough pace. (There's also a small, refreshing twist near the end.) But what's the deal with the stereotypes? Do all Irishmen smile, sing, and play the guitar? And enough already with Swank's abs, of which there are way too many close-ups.
Ultimately, though, it's a lightweight attempt to imbue lightness onto a dark subject. The moral of the story? Widowhood isn't funny. At least not in this film.
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