Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Hilary Swank, Jennifer Garner and Sandra Bullock all star as the main woman in this dark drama/romantic comedy/coming-of-age story of young Holly Kennedy and her hot, dead boyfriend. Before he loses his life in the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C., Gerry Kennedy writes an inordinate amount of love letters instructing her on what to do after his departure.
Suggestions like "Step 1: Quit Crying, Step 2: Get in a food fight in a glamorous kitchen and put flour on your nose" are not taken lightly. It is only after she trips on a pile of microphone cords while singing karaoke that Holly learns the real lesson her ghost boyfriend wants to teach her. Sometimes it takes someone's death to help you realize how to live.
He adds post-humous c.d.s for her to listen to in the shower and while driving so as not to feel lonely. He even hires a large man to sit on her couch and ignore her while he watches football.
In a classic twist, while Holly is taking strongly-advised pole dancing lessons, she runs into a saucy, young woman who is also grieving the loss of The Gladiator. Holly learns that the letters were not written in case of his death, but rather, in defense of his decision to dump her. Suddenly his advice seems condescending, and she moves forward with a Harry Connick Jr. look-alike played by Harry Connick Jr.
There are long walks with horses, pep-talks from Robert Duvall, and at least two scenes by a large water fountain (one by night and one by day). If you like movies where women sleep in their makeup and all men know how to shyly glance upward while baking bread, this is the holiday film for you.
Two French manicured-thumbs up!
Photo credit: www.filmpeek.net
Written by Abbi Crutchfield
Labels: Movie Review-vy