Opening 30 Oct 2014
Writing credits: Juliette Towhidi, Cecelia Ahern
Principal actors: Sam Claflin, Lily Collins, Christian Cooke, Tamsin Egerton, Suki Waterhouse
This romantic comedy is based on Where Rainbows End, a best-selling novel by Cecelia Ahern. Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) have been very best friends since they were children growing up in Ireland. As they become young adults it should dawn on them that they are perfect for each other, but they keep missing opportunities to take their relationship to a romantic level. Misunderstandings, bad timing and bad luck abound, and years go by.
The story feels vaguely familiar – reminiscent of several British box-office successes of the same genre, and When Harry met Sally (1989) comes to mind as well. In this film there are one too many ‘detours’ before the conclusion, though the director manages to ‘turn the corner’ just in time before boredom sets in. Nevertheless, Love, Rosie is endearing, with a charming cast – especially the lovely Lily Collins in the lead. (Carola A)