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P.S. I Love You

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Tragic romance is too intense for younger kids.

Movie PG-13 2007 126 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Love this movie

I really enjoy this movie! I have watched it every time I see it on TV. a nice , romantic, sad and funny story! Unlike some of the movies made today that are rated PG should actually be R rated. Or the one full of violence, or action movies that have so much action in them your tired before the movie is over. The ones with sex, show everything they can and leave nothing to the imagination! Those movies get boring pretty quick, but not PS I love you, great cast and the acting was good and believable.
age 13+

Lukewarm movie, okay for teens

A sad romance/drama. The acting is not great and the plot is pretty sappy. Still, this movie is powerful because of the themes of grief, loss and hope. There is some sexual innuendo as well as a brief glimpse of a nude man. This movie is okay--not good, not bad. Lukewarm.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (14 ):

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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