Love, Rosie (2014)

Adapted from the novel Where Rainbows End by Irish author Cecilia Ahern (author of P.S I Love You), Love, Rosie is a rom-com about best friends who could possibly be each other’s soulmates.

Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) have been best friends since they were kids. Now at 18 they are ready to take on the world and head to Boston. However life gets in the way causing them to be apart from each other. We see their friendship develop and change over the next 12 years, as they drift further apart.  Will they realise their true feelings for each other?

Love, Rosie is nothing original, full of rom-com clichés and a will they/won’t they romance that’s been done plenty of times before. However there is something charming about the lead couple that makes you stick with the film none the less.

Collins gets the better role to play as Rosie, a likeable girl with big dreams, who constantly has to adapt to what life throws at her. Claflin has nice chemistry with Collins but his character Alex isn’t that interesting. He’s a nice guy, and that’s about it really. The supporting characters are full of stereotypes like the loud best friend (a wasted Jamie Winstone), while the love interests for the main duo are predictably awful, whose sole purpose is keeping Alex and Rosie apart.

As with a lot of rom-coms now a day, there’s not a lot of laugh out loud comedy involved in the film. But if you’re looking for an easy rom-com and don’t mind the clichés then Love, Rosie may be just for you. However don’t watch it expect anything spectacular or inventive.

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