The long-winded argument why men and women cannot just be friends is a stereotype of romantic-comedy films. Forget for the meantime that, in fact, researchers have found that sexual attraction interferes with men's friendships with the opposite sex . This drawback in a supposedly platonic friendship replicates plots of rom-com films such as 'When Harry Met Sally' where Harry argues that men and women can't be friends because the sex part always gets in the way.
Well, at least in Love, Rosie there is no sex involved between our protagonists that could have ruined a childhood friendship. However, the BFF's intuitive kiss on Rosie's 18th birthday party is a confirmation of a sexual attraction. This crossing of friendship's line has a major impact on their separate love affairs without any of them knowing it at that time. It starts with Alex (Sam Claflin) taking an inviting Bethany (Suki Waterhouse) to the dance while Rosie (Lily Collins) hooks up with the cocky Greg (Christian Cooke).
The natural chemistry between Collins and Claflin in this movie is a winner. They are both charming and charismatic and they compliment each other's humour. One look at their eyes and the audience knows there is an underlying feeling that is more than being friends.
Supporting characters are comical (Ruby - Rosie's friend played by Jaime Winstone), egocentric (Greg - Rosie's onenight stand turned husband), coquettish (Bethany - Alex's prom date turned wife ) and beauteous (Sally - Alex's love interest played by Tamsin Egerton). Each character plays the part convincingly and adds to the lightheartedness of the romance.
What's delightful in this film adaptation of Cecelia Ahern's 2004 bestseller novel "Where Rainbows End" is that the information and dialogues (however bawdy at times) emerge naturally which often whip up a good laugh. The soundtracks are mostly upbeat from which the lyrics give cues and create pleasantry to otherwise serious predicament (ie. Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It" during childbirth scene and Lily Allen's "Fuck You" during Rosie's fit of anger after discovering Greg's cheating alibi).
Set over a twelve year period and shot in Toronto (doubling for Boston), and Dublin (doubling for various English settings), the narrative tosses ideas around wrong choices, unwanted pregnancy, single motherhood, mother-child relationship, loss, marriage, infidelity, divorce, and aspirations. These could well resonate in real life.
Entertaining is what this movie can be best described, but it is not without flaws either. The scene where Rosie has to bring her daughter to school with one hand hog-tied in a headbed is repulsive. The optical effects used to reflect rays of lights are overused. However, these become immaterial when considering the whole shebang of the movie. Love, Rosie keeps its integrity to the film's structure. It is no doubt that the German comedy director Christian Ditter is a master of this genre which he sanguinely demonstrates in this movie - his English-language debut rom-com film.
Love, Rosie is rated M and runs 99 mins. Showing soon in cinemas nearby, it is ideal for a date movie or ladies night out.