Love, Rosie – Review
Aiming squarely for the bubblegum fluff level that served P.S. I Love You – with which it shares it’s source writer – Love, Rosie could best be described as My Best Friend’s Wedding by way of One Day and smatterings of the forgotten transatlantic TV series NY/LON. Traditionally clean-cut twentysomethings Sam Claflin and Lily Collins take the romcom stage this time out, as star-crossed (or are are they?) would-be lovers Rosie and Alex, whose romantic prospects with one another are plagued over the course of twelve years by a series of missed opportunities and ill-fated decisions.
The leads fare ably enough; however both suffer from thinly-sketched writing and Claflin in particular seems to have no character to speak of beyond being relagated simply to romantic foil. Faring worse meanwhile is Jaime Winstone, whose parodic BFF character consists near-entirely of clichés and platitude-ridden monologues, whilst boasting all the physicality of Ray Winstone being asked to impersonate Pat Butcher.
When it sets it’s sights firmly on the bubblegum fluff level, Love, Rosie packs in a decent number of laughs and shows some surprising flickers of self-awareness; when it tires for anything more however, the film demonstrates all the heft and consistency of a cola float. By even typical romcom standards, Love, Rosie is simply muddled; lacking a tonal throughline or depth. Sheer predictability simply adds to the problems, with each and every impromptu reunion and encounter the central couple share losing any engagement or impact simply by virtue of the movie’s trailer alone.
Capable direction from Christian Ditter just about holds it all together, but the fleeting glimpses of a vastly superior movie make Love, Rosie nothing more than the sign-off to a forgettable and by-the-numbers date movie to which there will be no second encounter.
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Sam Claflin, Lily Collins, Jaime Winstone