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LOVE, ROSIE

SYNOPSIS: Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) are destined for one another, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, their relationship gets closer by the day, until Alex decides to leave Dublin and move to Boston. At 17, Rosie and Alex have just started to consider that there is something more than friendship between them. Devastated, that they will be separated, they make plans for Rosie to apply to colleges and join Alex in the US. Everything seems to be falling into place, until Rosie receives some news that would change her life forever...she is pregnant, and to her ex-boyfriend Greg (Christian Cooke).

Review by Louise Keller:
Bad timing is the central theme of this Four Weddings and A Funeral wanna-be, which despite several weddings, a funeral and a cliche ridden script, the film (based on Cecelia Ahern's novel) groans with predictable twists and turns as the two protagonists um and err about their future together. Additionally, Sam Claflin is no Hugh Grant and the role of Alex is one that desperately needs an actor with charisma. Lily Collins, with her pretty features and feminine vulnerability fares better, although it is a stretch for her Rosie to leap from wild 18 year old to a 30 something single mother whose dreams are on hold. There are some sweet moments, but too few and the humour is forced. The fact that there is no chemistry between Claflin and Collins is the final straw

Never mind that the story is not new; what is more important is how it is told and director Christian Ditter takes too many shortcuts, delivering the material in such a way we feel as though we have seen it all before. After a short prelude in which it is established that Alex and Rosie (as young children) share all their weird dreams and a special friendship, they are suddenly grown up and the complications of sex, relationships and jealousies arise. I inwardly groaned in the scene in which the male nurse who is recruited in a delicate operation to retrieve a lost condom, states his name is Dick. Another low light is when Rosie cannot extricate herself from S&M inspired handcuffs and ends up taking her child to school, wrought iron bedhead in tow. If only it were funny! I couldn't help but wish it was Rose Byrne playing the role, adding natural comedic timing. Also less than funny are the scenes involving Alex's blond, modelesque girlfriends (Tamsin Egerton and Suki Waterhouse in caricature roles).

For the undemanding, the film is not totally devoid of charms and music is nicely used throughout. With her short crimson hair and dry, forthright manner bringing some badly needed energy to the proceedings, Jaime Winstone is a lively addition to the cast as Rosie's 'tell it how it is' friend. The many facets and colours of friendship and love are canvassed as dreams are pursued and love becomes the unattainable. The film has a good heart so it's a pity none of it rings true and its strengths are not enough to override its irritating weaknesses.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 1
Mixed: 0

LOVE, ROSIE (M)
(UK/US, 2014)

CAST: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Christian Cooke, Jaime Winstone

PRODUCER: Simon Brooks, Robert Kulzer

DIRECTOR: Christian Diller

SCRIPT: Juliette Towhidi (screenplay), Cecelia Ahern (novel)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Not credited

EDITOR: Tony Cranstoun

MUSIC: Ralf Wengenmayr

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Matthew Davies

RUNNING TIME: 99 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Studio Canal

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: November 6, 2014







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