If by chance you have heard the term "chick flick" but are not quite sure what it actually means then perhaps "P. S. I Love You" (adapted from a best selling novel) can clear up the mystery. While many of the female gender patrons at the Sawmill were using their hankies, I'd like to think most of their male counterparts like me were saying to themselves "how implausible" as the story unfolded.
Before the credits have a chance to roll we have Holly (Hillary Swank) walking ever so briskly along a Lower East Side Manhattan street with hubby Gerry (Gerard Butler -- looking nothing like his King Leonidas role from "300" fame) 10 paces behind trying ever so hard to keep up. Once arriving in their five-story walk-up apartment, a heated discussion begins, but quickly ends with a kiss (and more) to show how much in love they really are.
Immediately after the opening credits, we find ourselves at an Irish funeral. It takes a minute to realize this "party" is for Gerry who has died from a brain tumor. At first you might think Gerry's role in this film was quite small, but thanks to constant flashbacks, he is with us throughout. Apparently having months to contemplate his demise, Gerry has devised an elaborate (some like me would say unbelievable) plan for Holly to receive letters from him month after month giving her advice and telling her how to continue with her life, sans Gerry (so much for allowing one to grieve and move on).
The supporting cast includes Holly's two best friends Denise (Lisa Kudrow) and Sharon (Gina Gershon), her mom Patricia (Kathy Bates), and hopeful new love interest Daniel (Harry Connick Jr.), a strange chap who uncontrollably blurts out whatever comes to mind no matter how rude it might be to the person to whom he is speaking. But this movie did not allow any of these fine actors to hone their skills.
While "P.S. I Love You" did manage to make me chuckle more than once, I could not stop focusing on how unrealistic the story was. As an example, one letter arrives several months after Gerry's death, but he knows exactly who will be with Holly at that moment and what they will be doing when she reads it. Gerry plans expensive travel arrangements for Holly, even though the opening scene argument was about their lack of financial resources and his limo driver career choice. Maybe he had a good life insurance policy.
While some might see a similarity to the 1990 blockbuster smash "Ghost," at least that movie was billed as a fantasy.