‘Love, Rosie‘ is a charming romantic comedy based on Cecelia Ahern’s novel ‘Love, Rosie‘ (known as ‘Where Rainbows End in the UK). We read and loved the book (you can read our review here), so we had pretty high expectations going into this.
There were a lot of changes made to the story, which, given how the book was written (all through emails and instant messages), I can understand. Book-to-movie changes aside, the film was visually pleasing, funny, endearing, quite predictable and sometimes flat.
This movie will leave you thinking Really though? Really? In some parts—like when they played Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It” over Rosie’s birthing scene, and when 12 years pass and neither Rosie nor Alex seem to have aged a day. Also when Rosie somehow manages to carry, birth and begin to raise a baby without Alex—her best friend!—knowing.
Lily Collins and Sam Clafin take on the roles of Rosie and Alex, who’ve been best friends since childhood. As they get older they begin to develop romantic feelings for each other, but neither are willing to admit it. The two are eventually separated when Alex gets accepted to medical school in Boston (which was filmed in Toronto), leaving Rosie behind in England . . . where she’s secretly raising a child she got pregnant with during a one night stand. The star-crossed lovers move forward with life, both going in different directions. You’re left frustrated, wondering if these two will ever see what’s right in front of them.
I can see this movie easily becoming a teen favorite; it’s a laid back, romantic comedy swimming with attractive people, parties, relationships, mistakes, personal growth, loss, and old school music (which I loved).
No matter how flat the script sometimes fell in ‘Love, Rosie,’ I have to credit Lily Collins (The Mortal Instruments) and Sam Clafin (The Hunger Games) for breathing life into their roles. I was able to get past the odd hiccupy scene or awkward dialogue because the pair have a genuine chemistry that manages to captivate you even during the more dull scenes.
I recommend ‘Love, Rosie‘ to anyone who can stomach a good romantic comedy!