Hilary Swank is not a stunning beauty, she is attractive and real on the screen. In P. S. I Love You, she is a young widow who has ten notes from her departed husband Gerry Kennedy (Gerard Butler) sent to her in various ways after he has departed.
Swank, who plays Holly Kennedy, ranges through the process of mourning through out the first year following the loss of her husband, who she argued with constantly and loved completely. The marriage was not a typical marriage in that Gerry came to America from Ireland with his music which fills the sound track from time to time. Of course the old standard "P.S. I Love" comes on at an emotional point late in the film.
The script spends most of its time on Swank's Holly hanging out with her sister Denise (Lisa Kudrow) who can't seem to find a man even though she makes herself very available and Sharon (Gina Gershon) the sexy one who pushes Holly to get out again. Kathy Bates' Patricia is the mother who doesn't want her daughter to make the mistake she made and was not at all happy with her son-in-law.
But the letters take the role of guardian angel moving her from the depression of her initial response to a trip to Ireland where she meets and comes close to a member of Gerry's original band. She also becomes very close to Daniel Connelly (Harry Connick, Jr.) who she meets when he is working at the bar her mother owns and manages. He brings her to a new level of understanding and comfort in a scene which climaxes at Yankee Stadium.
Films about women are few in today's market, this is a brave attempt to look at the life of a young women who suffers loss, and works through with comedy and laughs and warm emotional moments. An interesting reference as Holly begins to become interested in designing shoes, she focuses on the two-tone shoes of Betty Davis in what can only be called a woman's film from 1942, Now Voyager, in which Davis overcomes a different adversity to survive.
By the end the three women have moved on and we have viewed a few scenes which border on silly. But the continuing affection from Gerry through the letters bring us a touching tale which is overall, as a London cab driver once said to me after receiving a generous tip, "lovely."