Reviewed by: Maggie Hays
What is true love and how do you know when you have found it? Answer
Is there an actual place called “Hell”? Answer
Why was Hell made? Answer
Is there anyone in Hell today? Answer
What if I don’t believe in Hell? Answer
The Good News—How to be saved from Hell. Answer
“Million Dollar Baby,” “The Reaping,” “Boys Don’t Cry”
“300,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life”
Lisa Kudrow, Gina Gershon, James Marsters, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kathy Bates, Dean Winters, Harry Connick Jr., [more]
“The Mirror Has Two Faces,” “Freedom Writers,” “The Fisher King,” “The Horse Whisperer”
|Producer:||Wendy Finerman, James Hollond, Julie Huntsinger, Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Gary LaPoten, Molly Smith, John H. Starke, Donald A. Starr, Daniel J.B. Taylor, Lisa Zupan|
|Distributor:||Warner Bros. Pictures|
This film is based on a novel by Cecelia Ahern.
“Sometimes there’s only one thing left to say.”
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “A grieving young widow discovers that her late husband has left her a list of tasks revealed in 10 messages, delivered anonymously, intended to ease her out of grief and transition her to a new life. Holly Kennedy (Hilary Swank) is beautiful, smart and married to the love of her life—a passionate, funny, and impetuous Irishman named Gerry (Gerard Butler). So when Gerry’s life is taken by an illness, it takes the life out of Holly. The only one who can help her is the person who is no longer there. Nobody knows Holly better than Gerry. So it’s a good thing he planned ahead. Before he died, Gerry wrote Holly a series of letters that will guide her, not only through her grief, but in rediscovering herself. The first message arrives on Holly’s 30th birthday in the form of a cake, and to her utter shock, a tape recording from Gerry, who proceeds to tell her to get out and ‘celebrate herself.’ In the weeks and months that follow, more letters from Gerry are delivered in surprising ways, each sending her on a new adventure and each signing off in the same way; ‘P.S. I Love You.’ Holly’s mother (Kathy Bates) and best friends (Gina Gershom) and Denise (Lisa Kundrow), begin to worry that Gerry’s letters are keeping Holly tied to the past, but in fact, each letter is pushing her further into a new future. With Gerry’s words as her guide, Holly embarks on a touching, exciting and often hilarious journey of rediscovery in a story about marriage, friendship and how a love so strong can turn the finality of death into a new beginning for life.”
I’m sorry to report that I really don’t have anything good to say about this film. I think it was meant to be a tear-jerker/turned feel-good love story, but when you view it from a Christian perspective, there is so much wrong with this movie that it is not suitable for viewing—not for kids, not for teens, not for Christians. On a personal note, I like Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler as performers. In “Phantom of the Opera,” I think Butler was just about perfect. But I think both Swank and Butler were wasted on this film, as was Kathy Bates—who I will always enjoy in “Fried Green Tomatoes”. But I guess that is movie-making technical stuff, and I’m no expert on who should make what film and star in what role. I can only tell you from a Christian perspective what you as a Christian may find objectionable in this story.
It basically is a love story and probably meant to be a “chick flick.” I am a “chick” and was not moved by this flick. A woman loses her husband to a brain tumor, then receives messages he had left for her to help her through her life for the next year. That’s a sweet sentiment. But for the Christian, do you really want to expose yourself to:
Then, of course, there is the whole gay-club-scene, where we get to see men dancing with men, shirtless no less! You’ve probably seen the ads on TV where Lisa Kudrow bluntly interviews men before deciding to go out with them…”are you married?” “are you gay”, “are you working?”
The point is that this movie displays inappropriate conduct, and discusses inappropriate subject matter. Modesty in clothing or behavior is not valued. This is a very worldly movie and as a Christian I cannot recommend it. For people who revere the Lord and His Word, and all the values of purity and good taste—I regret to inform you that this movie does not embody good taste or portray purity. It is an irresponsible movie full of bad messages for a teen audience, and is a waste of time and money for adults.
Violence: Minor / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Heavy
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.