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P.S. I Love You is a 2007 American romantic drama film directed by Richard LaGravenese from a screenplay by LaGravenese and Steven Rogers based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Cecelia Ahern. The film stars Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Lisa Kudrow, Gina Gershon, James Marsters, Harry Connick Jr. and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

The film was released in the United States on December 21, 2007, by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was critically panned, with criticism being directed at Swank s performance and the writing. It was a box office success, and grossed $156.8 million worldwide against a $30 million budget. In 2019 Swank expressed interest in adapting the follow-up book into a second film.


Holly and Gerry are a married couple who live on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. They are deeply in love though they fight occasionally. One winter, Gerry dies of a brain tumor, and Holly realizes how much he meant to her as well as how insignificant their arguments and differences were.

Deeply distraught, Holly withdraws from her family and friends out of grief until they descend upon her on her thirtieth birthday. She doesn t want to live anymore without him. They are determined to prod the young widow to face the future and explore what her life choices should be. As they rally around Holly and help organize her apartment, a cake is delivered, and with it is a message from Gerry. It proves to be the first of several meaningful messages—all ending P.S. I Love You —which he had arranged to have delivered to her after his death.

As the seasons pass, each new message fills her with encouragement and sends her on a new adventure. Holly s mother is worried that Gerry s letters are keeping Holly tied to the past. With Gerry s words as her guide, Holly slowly embarks on a journey of rediscovery.

Gerry arranged for Holly and her friends Denise and Sharon to travel to his homeland of Ireland. They arrive at their destination, a house in the beautiful Irish countryside where they find letters from Gerry for Sharon & Denise, one asking Denise to take Holly to his favorite pub. While there, they meet William, a singer who strongly reminds Holly of her deceased husband. He asks her to stay to see him after his last song ( Galway Girl ), which he dedicates to her. Upon hearing it, she is overcome with emotion and walks out, because it was the song Gerry sang to her shortly after they first met.

During the vacation, while on a fishing trip, they lose the boat s oars, leaving the three women stranded in the middle of a lake. During their wait for help, Sharon announces that she is pregnant and Denise reveals she is getting married. This news causes Holly to relapse emotionally and again withdraw into herself. They are eventually rescued by William, whom Sharon and Denise invite to stay the night because of the pouring rain.

Unable to deny their feelings for each other, William and Holly kiss and have sex. They begin a conversation about her deceased husband and Holly asks William to drive her to visit her in-laws. Upon Holly revealing their names, William realizes she is the widow of his childhood best friend. Revealing this to Holly causes her to panic, but William calms her down and starts to tell stories about his and Gerry s childhood. The next day, Holly visits Gerry s parents and while there receives another letter from Gerry, reminding her of their first meeting.

Arriving home, Holly again withdraws from family and friends. As she continues to become more and more lost, she is inspired by Gerry after finding one of his suspender clips next to one of her shoes and realizes she has a flair for designing women s shoes; she enrolls in a class that teaches how to actually make the shoes she has designed. New found self-confidence allows her to emerge from her solitude and genuinely embrace her friends happiness.

While on a walk with her mother, she learns that her mother was the one whom Gerry asked to deliver his letters after his death. Her mother hands her the last letter and she takes it home where she gets a voicemail from Daniel asking her to forget everything he said about not wanting her. She meets him at Yankee Stadium and asks him to read the last letter from Gerry, who tells her not to turn away from new love. Daniel and Holly kiss but decide they are better off as friends.

Later, Holly takes her mother on a trip to Ireland. By chance they meet William, and he expresses his wish to see her again.


  • Hilary Swank as Holly Reilly-Kennedy
  • Gerard Butler as Gerry Kennedy, Holly s husband
  • Lisa Kudrow as Denise Hennessey, one of Holly s best friends
  • Gina Gershon as Sharon McCarthy, one of Holly s best friends
  • James Marsters as John McCarthy, Sharon s husband and Gerry s best friend
  • Harry Connick Jr. as Daniel Connelly, Patricia s employee and Holly s new friend
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan as William Gallagher, Holly s love interest and Gerry s childhood best friend
  • Nellie McKay as Ciara Reilly, Holly s sister
  • Kathy Bates as Patricia Reilly, Holly and Ciara s mother
  • Anne Kent as Rose Kennedy, Gerry s mother
  • Brian McGrath as Martin Kennedy, Gerry s father


In A Conversation with Cecilia Ahern, a bonus feature on the DVD release of the film, the author of the novel discusses the Americanization of her story — which was set in Ireland — for the screen and her satisfaction with the plot changes which screenwriter and director Richard LaGravenese had to make in order to fit the book into the screen.

The film was shot on locations in New York City and County Wicklow, Ireland. The music scenes that were set in a local Wicklow pub were filmed in Whelan s a music venue in Dublin.


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P.S. I Love You
Soundtrack album by

Various Artists
Released December 3, 2007
Genre Pop
Length 56:44
Label Atlantic

The soundtrack for the film was released on December 4, 2007.

The film also includes Fairytale of New York performed by The Pogues, Got Me Like Oh by Gia Farrell, No Other Love by Chuck Prophet, Mustang Sally performed by Gerard Butler and Galway Girl written and originally released by Steve Earle, performed by Gerard Butler, Nancy Davis, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Camera Obscura s Lloyd, I m Ready to Be Heartbroken also plays in the opening credits. None of songs are included on the official soundtrack.

All tracks are written by John Powell.

P.S. I Love You
No. Title Length
1. Make Up Kisses 3:00
2. Bette Davis Montage 1:13
3. You Gotta Be Rich 0:52
4. The Cake 1:46
5. The Urn 2:00
6. Puke/ 1st Letter 2:43
7. Holly Gets Fired 0:45
8. Jacket 1:27
9. Travel Agent 4:04
10. To Eire 2:54
11. Reading Letter 0:47
12. William On The Lake 1:23
13. Kitchen Waltz 4:53
14. On The Lake 2:28
15. The Kennedys 1:08
16. Last Tune 0:50
17. Gerry s Fort 1:04
18. The Meeting 4:31
19. The Kiss 1:56
20. Home Again 0:33
21. Enough 0:39
22. Somebody s Gerry 1:43
23. It Was Me 3:35
24. Sis Kiss 2:37
25. P.S. I Love You 1:23
Total length: 50:00


Critical response

Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives a score of 25% based on 105 reviews, with an average rating of 4.50/10. The website s critical consensus reads, Hilary Swank is miscast as the romantic lead in this clichéd film about loss and love. At Metacritic the film received a weighted average score of 39 out of 100, based on reviews from 24 critics, indicating generally unfavorable reviews . Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade A- on scale of A to F.

Manohla Dargis of The New York Times said the film looks squeaky clean and utterly straight and very much removed from the shadow worlds in which Ms. Swank has done her best work. Yet as directed by Richard LaGravenese … it has a curious morbid quality … won t win any awards; it isn t the sort of work that flatters a critic s taste. It s preposterous in big and small matters … and there are several cringe-worthy set pieces, some involving Mr. Butler and a guitar. The film is not a beautiful object or a memorable cultural one, and yet it charms, however awkwardly. Ms. Swank s ardent sincerity and naked emotionalism dovetail nicely with Mr. LaGravenese s melodramatic excesses.

David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, This is a movie that will leave you stunned and stupefied from beginning to end, if you don t head for the exits first. The only good things in it are Lisa Kudrow and Swank s wardrobe. The plot is unbelievable, although a competent script could have fixed that. The direction is flabby and uninspired, the casting is wrongheaded, and the performances run the gamut from uninteresting to insufferable … the film wants terribly to be Ghost without a potter s wheel, but it just succeeds at being terrible.

John Anderson of Variety also had a negative review: The question of love after death has been asked frequently enough in the movies, but seldom with the high ick factor found in P.S. I Love You … this post-life comedy will have the sentimentally challenged weeping openly, while clutching desperately to the pants-legs of boyfriends and husbands who are trying to flee up the aisle. Richard LaGravenese s trip into Lifetime territory may define the guilty pleasure of the genre … As an exercise in chick-flickery, P.S. I Love You wants to possess the soulfulness of harsh reality and the lilt of romantic fantasy at the same time. In this case, at least, it simply can t be done.

Stephen Whitty of The Oregonian wrote, On a week when many people just want a good reason to put down their packages and smile for a couple of hours, P.S. I Love You arrives – signed, sealed and delivered just on time.

Irish reviewers were particularly critical of Butler s Irish accent. Butler later jokingly apologized for his poor effort at an Irish accent.

Box office

The film opened on 2,454 screens in North America and earned $6,481,221 and ranked #6 on its opening weekend. It eventually grossed $53,695,808 at the North American box office and $91,370,273 in the rest of the world for a total worldwide box office of $156,835,339.


Hilary Swank won the 2008 People s Choice Irish Film and Television Award for Best International Actress.

Cultural influence

Dialogue between Connick s and Swank s characters inspired Reba McEntire s 2011 single Somebody s Chelsea .

Year 2007
ReleaseDate 2007-12-21
RuntimeMins 126
RuntimeStr 2h 6min
Plot A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.
Awards Awards, 2 wins & 4 nominations
Directors Richard LaGravenese
Writers Richard LaGravenese, Steven Rogers, Cecelia Ahern
Stars Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Harry Connick Jr.
Produced by Noam Dromi, Wendy Finerman, James Flynn, James Hollond, Julie Huntsinger, Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Morgan O Sullivan, Molly Smith, John H. Starke, Donald A. Starr, Daniel J.B. Taylor, Steven P. Wegner, Lisa Zupan
Music by John Powell
Cinematography by Terry Stacey
Film Editing by David Moritz
Production Design by Shepherd Frankel
Art Direction by Susie Cullen, Doug Huszti
Set Decoration by Alyssa Winter
Costume Design by Cindy Evans
Makeup Department Christine Cantrell, Orla Carrol, Bonnie Clevering, Martial Corneville, Angel De Angelis, Audrey Doyle, Mindy Hall, Lynn Johnston, Nicki Ledermann, Tania Ribalow, Olivier Seyfrid
Production Management Brad Arensman, Brett Botula, Yolanda T. Cochran, Bill Daly, Carol Moorhead, Rossa O Neill
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Paul J. Byrne, H.H. Cooper, Daisy Cummins, Nate Grubb, Kate McLaughlin, Jennifer Truelove, Andrew T. Wood
Art Department I. Javier Ameijeiras, Martin Bernstein, Steve Brennan, Rory Bruen, Constance Buccafurri, Eric Dean, Mick Flood, Diego Funes, Jeffrey L. Glave, Hee-soo Kim, Calla Klessig, Marion Kolsby, Alanna Nevada Levy, Eric Lewin, Vinny Mazzarella, Talia Mendillo, Owen Monaghan, Valerie Nolan, Kevin L. Raper, Jason Rogien, Mark Paul Selemon, Aine Smith, Rodney Sterbenz, Dave Weinman, Jason Weinman, Ian Zdatny
Sound Department Robert Althoff, Antonio L. Arroyo, Laura Harris Atkinson, Steve Bartkowicz, Ron Bedrosian, Curt Cash, Victor Ray Ennis, Marc Fishman, Nerses Gezalyan, Sebastien Lacheray, Tony Lamberti, Jeff Malham, Diane Marshall, Michael Miller, James Moriana, Mark Ormandy, Egor Panchenko, Michael Primmer, Noel Quinn, Alan Rankin, James J. Sabat Jr., James Sabat, Greg Steele, Mark P. Stoeckinger, Brett Voss, Tim Walston, Jeffrey Wilhoit, Kerry Dean Williams, Scott Wolf, Greg Zimmerman
Special Effects by Kevin Byrne, Kevin Nolan
Visual Effects by Casey Allen, Guy Botham, Alan De Castro, David Geoghegan, Chris Ingersoll, Cristian A. Kong, Jenna Mateo, Brian Nugent, Sean Wallitsch, Ryan Zuttermeister, Thomas Nittmann, Edson Williams
Stunts G.A. Aguilar, Nina Armstrong, Juliette Cheveley, Kelly Dent, Sarah Franzl, Aja Frary, Donal O Farrell
Camera and Electrical Department Garret Baldwin, George Bianchini, Garrett Boehling, Phillip V. Caruso, Oliver Cary, James Casey, Sean Cassidy, Ron Coe, Peter Colavito, Joe Collins, Doug Dalisera, Richard Donnelly, Billy Doyle, Russell Engels, Glenn Fishel, Sergei Franklin, John Geisler, Nick Haines-Stiles, Sarah L. Hendrick, George Hennah, Jonathan Hession, Laura Hudock, Milly Itzhak, Philip Kathrens, Eric Leigh, John Leigh, James Mah, Sean Malone, Alexandra Matheson, Vince McGahon, Kevin McKenna, Billy Miller, John J. Moers, John Murphy, Danny Nallan, Antonio Ponti, Craig Pressgrove, Melvin Pukowsky, Roberto A. Quezada, Erik Shirai, Brooke Stanford, JoJo Whilden
Casting Department Heather Comer, Jocelyn E. Thomas
Costume and Wardrobe Department Stephanie Biear, Lynne Maureen Curtis, Colleen Morris Glennon, Anne Laoparadonchai, Rachel Leek, Michael Wilson Morgan, Sandra O Toole, Jennifer Rogien, Jessica T. Sinoway, Amy L. Teets, Sue Wain
Editorial Department Terry Haggar, Marc Jozefowicz, Devin C. Lussier, Gina Zappala
Location Management Jeffrey A. Brown, Eamonn Cleary, Benjamin Crowe, David John Ferguson, Justin Kron, Suk Yi Mar, Barry Newman, Cathy Pearson, Thomas R. Polleri, Michael Swan, Chris Tomeo, Chad Williams, Michael DeRoker
Music Department Daniel Baker, Christine Bergren, Laura Bishop, Daniel Brown, David Channing, Robert Douglas, Germaine Franco, Papa Ginou, Alex Henery, Carlton Kaller, Simon Leadley, James K. Lee, Vivian Milanova, Shawn Murphy, John Powell, Jen Pray, Mary Ramos, Michael Nomad Ripoll, Tim Ryan, John Ashton Thomas, Jessica Wells, Brett Weymark, Bryce Jacobs, Scott Liggett
Script and Continuity Department Eva Z. Cabrera
Transportation Department Paul Kelly, Ian Lewis, Roy McManus, Mickey Pastoriza, Richard P. Pecora, Michael Phelan, Keith Thompson
Additional Crew Ernest Dallas Alexis, Christie Allen, Brette Billow, Mirashyam Blakeslee, Lisa Byrne, Maurice Cabrera, Chris Chrisafis, Chad Clark, Elizabeth Colagiovanni, Fiona Conlon-McKenna, Stephanie Conway, Kristyn DiPane, Gjustina Dushku, Allison Ewart, Amanda Fales, Frances Fiore, Ann-Marie Fitzgerald, Maura Foley, Diego Funes, Niamh Gale, Javier Gonzalez, Anna Graham, Nick Grimm, Brendan Gunn, Michael J. Harker, Gina Hendrick, Brian Hershkowitz, James Hook, Nicole Iizuka, Lieve Jansen, Polly Johnsen, Octavius Lee Johnson, Robert Karn, Ashley Kravitz, Jacqui Leahy, Andrew Lee, Sandra Lee, Sarah E. Leonard, Christopher M. Lewis, Melanie Lopes Lumelleau, John Malakoff, Joshua J. Mason, Clem McIntosh, Paul C. McKenna, Tim Monich, Cathy Mooney, Poll Moussoulides, Kory O Donnell, Frances O Reilly, Ciara O Sullivan, James Parsons, Jennifer Roberts, Minico Roberts, Carmen Rodríguez, Carl Rogers, Mike Sime, Zambak Tukan, Angelo Vacco, Joel Veenstra, Christian Vendetti, Shannon Walker Cohen, Russ Klein, Jane Walsh
Thanks Ann LaGravenese, Julie Rudd, Windlind Smith
Genres Comedy, Drama, Romance
Companies Alcon Entertainment, Grosvenor Park Productions, Wendy Finerman Productions
Countries USA
Languages English
ContentRating PG-13
ImDbRating 7
ImDbRatingVotes 211722
MetacriticRating 39
Keywords letter,grief,young widow,tearjerker romance,friendship