P.S. I Love You is a rom-com with a twist, namely that the love story involves a woman, Holly, and her now deceased husband, Gerry. The movie opens with a marital spat between Holly, played by Hilary Swank, and Gerry, played by Gerard Butler, as they bicker about something he said to her mother at dinner.
Gerry : I'm sorry I said the wrong thing to your
mother. God, I still get nervous around her. I still think, after nine years,
she doesn't like me. I know I'm being stupid.
Holly: No, you're not being stupid, baby. She doesn't like you.
Gerry: Really? I kinda thought, deep down, she really loved me.
Holly: No... she doesn't. I was nineteen when we got married. You corrupted me with sex and charm, and the longer it takes you to make your fortune, the less sexy and charming you are.
Cut forward and the next scene is at a wake...for Gerry. At 29-years-old, Holly has lost her husband to a brain tumor. On her 30th birthday, Holly receives the first letter in a series from Gerry that he wrote before he died.
Each letter, one delivered every month, is intended to shake her out of her grief, to get her out of their apartment, and to start living again. The letter and instructions run to gamut from boxing up his clothes to singing karaoke and even taking a trip to Ireland with her friends; and for that last one, he made all the arrangements with a travel agent before he passed. And throughout all of those, we get flashbacks as to why those things are important to him...and her.
In the movie we see her forging a friendship with Daniel, played by Harry Connick, Jr., who works at her mom's bar. Daniel is interested in something more with Holly, but she keeps him at arm's length. And, when she travels to Ireland with her friends, she meets William. Turns out that William was in Gerry's band way back when. But she doesn't discover this until after they have tumbled into bed. Sorry for the spoiler on that one. Besides that fact that Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays William, is adorable, it's definitely one of my favorite scenes.
William has rescued the gals from the middle of a lake after they lost their oars during their fishing excursion. So, they take him back to their rented house and Sharon cooks him dinner though Denise says she helped. Then the friends make themselves scarce after dinner and Holly and William are left alone with a bottle of Jameson.
Holly: Oh, never mind. I'm just screwed up. I'm
William: I like trouble.
Holly: Oh no, I don't mean "cool Pulp Fiction" trouble. I mean "mental case wacko" trouble.
That's all I'm going to write about this other than that it's a fun movie and definitely worth two hours of your life, I'd say. I can only imagine the difficulty in losing a spouse, but Holly moves on and you feel as if she's honoring Gerry's wishes and memories in a respectful way.
- pasta (I used spaghetti)
- 1 organic red bell pepper, cored and diced
- 4 to 5 cloves garlic, peeled and pressed
- 2 to 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 sardines per person
- 3 to 4 anchovy fillets
- 2 cups diced tomatoes
- 1/4 teaspoon saffron dissolved in 2 Tablespoons hot water
- freshly ground salt
- freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 cup grated cheese (I used a ricotta salata)
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
Once the pasta is cooked and the sauce is done, toss the pasta into the sauce with a splash of olive oil to make it glossy. To serve, place pasta in individual serving bowls, top with a sprinkle of breadcrumb-cheese mixture. Grind salt and pepper over the top. Add the sardines and serve immediately.