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"P.S. I LOVE YOU"
(2007) (Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler) (PG-13)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Heavy Minor Moderate None None
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild None None Mild Moderate
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Heavy *None Extreme Heavy Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Dramedy: A recent widow must contend with the arrival of various messages her late husband arranged to have delivered to her after his death.
PLOT:
Despite the usual marital spats, Holly (HILARY SWANK) and Gerry Kennedy (GERARD BUTLER) seemed to have it all. That is, until he died from brain cancer. With the support of her friends, Denise Hennessey (LISA KUDROW) and Sharon McCarthy (GINA GERSHON), and somewhat distant mom, Elizabeth (KATHY BATES), Holly tries to do her best in dealing with this personal tragedy, but resorts to holing up inside her apartment.

That is, until she receives a birthday cake and recorded message from Gerry. It's then that she learns he arranged for various message to be delivered to her after his death, all in hopes of helping her get through this emotional ordeal. She reluctantly agrees and soon tries to get on with her life, including dealing with Elizabeth's bartender, Daniel Connelly (HARRY CONICK JR.), who obviously likes her.

One of Gerry's instructions is for Holly to travel back to Ireland where the two first met. While there, she decides to visit his parents, and she also ends up meeting a handsome singer, William Gallagher (JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN), who reawakens the feelings of romance within her. From that point on, she must deal with all of that, as well as her reluctance to completely let go of Gerry, particularly when his messages keep reminding her of him.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're into romantic dramedies or are fans of anyone in the cast, they might, but the kid audience for this otherwise seems limited.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For sexual references and brief nudity.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • HILARY SWANK plays a real estate agent and widow who must not only contend with her husband's recent death, but also messages he arranged to have delivered to her after his passing. She obviously goes through a range of emotions, drinks, uses some profanity, and has casual sex with William.
  • GERARD BUTLER plays her late husband, a limo driver and pub singer mostly seen in flashback. He uses some profanity and drinks.
  • LISA KUDROW plays Holly's friend who is very up front about looking for a guy. She uses some profanity and drinks.
  • GINA GERSHON plays their other friend who tries to help Holly through her ordeal. She drinks and uses some profanity.
  • HARRY CONICK JR. plays a bartender with no social filter between his brain and mouth, and thus speaks what he's thinking before figuring out if that's the right thing to do. He likes Holly, and is frustrated when it appears she only wants to be friends when he wants more than that.
  • KATHY BATES plays Holly's somewhat emotionally distant mom who runs a bar and never liked Gerry, although she tries to be supportive of her daughter (having experienced her husband leaving her in the past, albeit for different reasons).
  • JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN plays an Irish singer who has casual sex with Holly and drinks some.
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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this romantic dramedy that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of at least 7 "s" words, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also heard. Sexually related dialogue and brief song lyrics are present, while a man's full rear nudity is seen moments before he has (off-screen) casual sex with a woman.

    Other sexually related material (some of it played for comedy) is also present, while some shirtless men are seen dancing (separately) in a gay club, and varying amounts of cleavage are seen. A woman must contend with now being a widow, while other tense family material is present, as are some bad attitudes.

    Some slapstick style material is present, while a woman accidentally falls off a stage and injures herself (played lightly, although with some later, dried blood results). Various characters drink in various scenes (leading to one vomiting just off-camera), while other behavior might be enticing for some kids to imitate.

    If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those concerned with bright flashes of light on the screen, there are strobe effects in a gay club.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there are varying amounts of handheld camera movement in the film.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • We briefly see miscellaneous drinking.
  • Various people drink shots at Gerry's memorial service at Elizabeth's bar, followed by more shots and beer.
  • When her family and friends find Holly holed up in her apartment and singing along to an old Judy Garland movie, she's asked if she's drunk. When she replies no, one asks if she wants to be.
  • Miscellaneous people drink in a bar.
  • Holly and her friends drink in Elizabeth's bar where others also drink. Later, Daniel finds Holly intoxicated in a closet where she then vomits (just off-camera, but we hear the sound). She's hung-over the next morning.
  • We see a flashback to Holly and her friends drinking shots in a karaoke bar where Gerry appears a little intoxicated while performing (and drinks a shot).
  • People drink in a karaoke bar in the present, including Holly and her friends. Holly then imagines seeing Gerry watching her with a beer, while nearby tables have beer bottles on them. We next see Holly and her friends drinking in a bar along with other people.
  • Holly, Denise and Sharon drink in a pub, as do others.
  • We see a flashback to Holly holding a beer in a pub while watching Gerry perform.
  • Holly, Sharon, Denise and William have wine with dinner. Later, Holly pours herself liquor (to get up the nerve to be with William), but when she spots him nude by accident, she keeps pouring the liquor onto the counter. After he comes out dressed, she asks if he wants a drink, and he jokes if he should have that off the counter (and the two then drink).
  • Gerry tells Holly about a bet (from before the film starts) that followed having some beers.
  • Miscellaneous people have wine in a restaurant.
  • Elizabeth talks of drinking with her husband in the past.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Holly and her friends drink in Elizabeth's bar where others also drink. Later, Daniel finds Holly intoxicated in a closet where she then vomits (just off-camera, but we hear the sound).
  • Holly accidentally falls off a stage while performing in a karaoke bar. We next see her in the hospital with a huge bandage across her face, with dried blood around her nose and some on her teeth (we hear she broke her nose).
  • About an earlier scene, Daniel jokes that he and Holly are weird friends joined by, among other things, vomit.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Upon meeting men for the first time, Denise always asks them blunt questions right away, including if they're gay (and one of them says he is).
  • A miscellaneous wife bullies her husband over a real estate decision, and isn't happy when Holly (as a real estate agent) sides with the husband.
  • Gerry's mother isn't happy to see Holly arrive for a visit, but warms up to her.
  • Despite being picked by Denise as her bridesmaid, Holly doesn't return her calls and generally is unavailable, thus forcing Denise to choose a replacement.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • None.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • None.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "I don't need this sh*t," "Feel like sh*t," "Bullsh*t," "Hung like a race horse," "Idiots," "Bitching," "Balls" (testicle), "A pain in me hole," "Shut up and kiss me," "You crazy bitch" (said playfully), "You cheap, lousy faggot" (heard in a song), "Bloody," "He's an asshole," "Listen, Crystal," "I think you're hot," "Hell no," "You're a bitch," "Shut up," "You bastard," "You could serve coffee on that ass," "Flat ass," "You/that son of a bitch," "Jerk," "Tarts," "Eat me," "Are you crazy?" "I'm just screwed up," "I completely screwed it up," "Without freaking him out," "I was such a bitch," "What, are you Geppetto? and "He's really full of crap."
  • We see miscellaneous graffiti.
  • Gerry tells Holly to "kiss my arse," with her replying, "Kiss mine in English" while sticking out her clothed butt.
  • Denise suddenly and passionately kisses a stranger, but not liking that with him, she then walks away. Later, a man suddenly and passionately kisses Denise.
  • Playfully persuaded/coerced into singing some karaoke, Holly ties up her blouse on stage (to reveal her midriff) and lowers her skirt a bit to further that look.
  • William has tattoos.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • A playful song has the lyric "You cheap lousy faggot" in it, as well as the word "arse."
  • Playfully persuaded/coerced into singing some karaoke, Holly ties up her blouse on stage (to reveal her midriff) and lowers her skirt a bit to further that look. She then sings a song laced with innuendo, including "Get off" and "Let a woman be a woman, and a man be a man."
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 7 "s" words, 1 slang term for sex ("do it"), 1 for breasts ("t*ts"), 7 asses (2 as "arse," 2 used with "hole"), 2 hells, 2 S.O.B.s, 1 crap, 1 damn, 12 uses of "Oh my God," 4 of "Oh Jesus," 2 of "Oh God," and 1 use each of "Christ," "G-damn," "Jesus" and "Oh Jesus."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • During a verbal fight (played in a light comedic fashion), Gerry tells Holly that he's the only man she's ever had (sexually). Holly then undresses (taking off her top) and we see various views of her in her cleavage-revealing bra. They're fighting about wanting to have a baby or not, and she's mad, so she sarcastically says if he wants a baby, "Okay, let's do it." She then says she knows they don't have enough "hot, nasty sex," and he then jokingly says he'd like that. She then hits him with a thrown shoe and he amends that to "the other kind." They then make up, with her jumping up and wrapping her legs around him (still in her bra up top) and they passionately kiss.
  • Holly says her mom wasn't happy when Holly married Gerry who, she says, corrupted her with charm and sex.
  • Gerry comes out dressed in an open jacket and boxers held up by suspenders. He does some playful, mock hip thrusting and simulated licking of a door jam, all for Holly's amusement. He then loses the jacket (and is shirtless save for the suspenders) and does some more dancing, but a suspender buckle accidentally hits him in the face as he gets in bed with her. She gets up to turn off a lamp, and he tells her, "Get back in bed or I'll start without you" (and they eventually do some passionate kissing, seen in a head and shoulders shot).
  • Denise suddenly and passionately kisses a stranger, but not liking that with him, she then walks away.
  • Holly undresses and we see her in a camisole and panties.
  • Holly imagines Gerry with her, and when she asks if all Irishmen sing, he jokingly replies, "Only the really well-hung ones."
  • Sharon shows varying amounts of cleavage in various outfits.
  • We see shirtless men dancing (solo) in a gay club.
  • Daniel tells Holly, "I think you're hot."
  • Daniel says his fiancée slept with his friend, who turned out to be a woman. He then says he always had a fantasy about making love to two women, but figured he'd be in bed the second and third time. He then says he went through a hooker phase for a year, and when Holly guesses that didn't help, he says it did, but he ran out of money.
  • Holly remembers and/or imagines Gerry shirtless.
  • We see bare breasts on a classic style statue.
  • Playfully persuaded/coerced into singing some karaoke, Holly ties up her blouse on stage (to reveal her midriff) and lowers her skirt a bit to further that look. She then sings a song laced with innuendo, including "Get off" and "Let a woman be a woman, and a man be a man."
  • We see the shape of Sharon's nipples under her top.
  • About a guy she spots, Denise says, "You could serve coffee on that ass." When called on being up front about that, she says she can after having men stare at her "t*ts" and pinch her on the "ass."
  • A man suddenly and passionately kisses Denise.
  • Daniel complains to Holly about not knowing what women want, saying that they (among other things) want them (men) to be on bottom, and then on top (referring to sex).
  • We see a head and shoulders view of a scene where Holly imagines Gerry "spooning" in bed with her (we see bare shoulders, but nothing sexual is occurring).
  • Holly shows a little cleavage, and then more in another scene.
  • Elizabeth shows a little cleavage.
  • Denise reads a letter from Gerry about men in Heaven, saying he's heard that Ben Franklin is hung like a racehorse.
  • Sharon asks Holly how long it's been (referring to sex), but Holly doesn't answer that.
  • Gerry passionately kisses Holly.
  • Sharon tells Holly that the longer the latter goes without sex, the testier she'll get.
  • Sharon announces she's pregnant.
  • As Holly pours herself a drink, she accidentally sees William walk from the shower fully nude (we see his full rear nudity, as does she, causing her to keep pouring her booze all over the counter). Later, they passionately kiss, he carries her into the bedroom, and we next see them in bed under the sheets, suggesting earlier sex (we see his bare chest and her bare shoulders). When they realize he knew Gerry in the past, she leaps out of bed and holds a sheet over her, but then gets back into bed to hear stories about her late husband.
  • Denise shows a little cleavage.
  • Holly shows some cleavage.
  • Denise wants her wedding dress fitter to cinch up the top just a bit more, stating that while her breasts are beautiful and firm, they do have minds of their own and go in all directions.
  • Daniel jokingly asks about Holly thinking of him in the nude. When she indicates she doesn't want to be anything more than friends, he says he's tired of being the shoulder (to cry on) and wants to be another body part that she needs.
  • Daniel and Holly passionately kiss, but then realize they aren't any sparks between them, and thus stop.
  • SMOKING
  • None, but Elizabeth talks of cigarettes with her husband in the past.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Holly is mad at Gerry for him reportedly telling Elizabeth that Holly wasn't ready to have a baby yet (the fight, even with the throwing of shoes, is played in a light comedic fashion).
  • Holly says her mom wasn't happy when Holly married Gerry who, she says, corrupted her with charm and sex.
  • Following a verbal fight, Gerry tells Holly he isn't her dad (not meant literally), and asks, "Don't you know that yet?"
  • Holly obviously grieves following her husband's unseen death (from a brain tumor).
  • We hear that Gerry's parents didn't travel from Ireland to New York for his funeral.
  • Holly repeatedly listens to Gerry's voice on an outgoing phone message.
  • Holly is taken aback when she receives a birthday cake and tape recorded message from her late husband, including when he says he can't say good-bye yet.
  • A miscellaneous wife bullies her husband over a real estate decision, and isn't happy when Holly (as a real estate agent) sides with the husband.
  • Elizabeth tells Holly it's time for her (Holly) to get on with her life (following Gerry's death). She then talks about when her husband walked out on her and her girls (when Holly was 14).
  • Holly visits her late husband's parents in Ireland.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Dealing with the death of a loved one.
  • Casual sex.
  • The comment that even if people are all alone, at least they're all in that state together.
  • VIOLENCE
  • Mad at Gerry, Holly throws a shoe that hits him (played for light comedy on the part of the film).
  • Gerry's suspenders buckle accidentally hits him in the face, while Holly accidentally stubs her foot, causing her pain (both played for comedy).
  • A car strikes a tree in an old movie on TV.
  • Holly accidentally falls off a stage while performing in a karaoke bar. We next see her in the hospital with a huge bandage across her face, with dried blood around her nose and some on her teeth (we hear she broke her nose).



  • Reviewed November 28, 2007 / Posted December 21, 2007

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