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P.S. I Love You

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5 out of 10
If you're looking for a great date movie so you can get laid over the holidays, this is the one. No major Christmas movie period passes without at least one chick flick to be forced to see, but thankfully this one does no harm and in fact will probably be an unexpected gift for moviegoers this season, although almost exclusively for those of the female persuasion. Still, this is that rare intelligent romantic comedy straight from the heart. Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler (the 300 dude) are a pair to remember as a married couple trying to decide to have a baby and change the dynamics of its union, which is losing a bit of the old spark. Life's ironic twists provide a different scenario when Butler develops a brain tumor and dies by the time the film's opening credits are over. Just when you're wondering why the guy who ruled so valiantly in 300 would take a role that amounted to about 10 minutes of screen time, the movie's premise kicks into gear. Seems once he knew he was dying he devised a secret plan to send a series of specifically timed letters to his widow instructing her on how to "live" after his own untimely passing. Employing flashbacks, we see how the couple met, fell in love, and got married as he uses these notes from the grave to help his grieving wife move on without him in the picture. Of course he couldn't do this alone, and has enlisted her friends (Lisa Kudrow and Gina Gershon) and her doubting mother (Kathy Bates) to see it through. Along the way there is even potential romance with a bartender (Harry Connick Jr). Eventually ghost hubby sends her to Ireland, where they first met and where he grew up. It's there, with great location scenery by the way, that his deathly plan finally shows its true purpose. If nothing else, you'll want to be on the next plane to leprechaun land after checking out these sights.