Based on Cecelia Ahern’s bestselling chick-lit novel Where Rainbows End, Love, Rosie is a very slight romantic comedy that is almost sunk by its messy plot and some icky, ill-judged moments but stays afloat thanks to buoyant leads Lily Collins and Sam Claflin.
They play Rosie and Alex, lifelong pals whose friendship is clearly destined – à la When Harry Met Sally – to blossom into love. Yet before they can finally admit their true feelings for one another, each has to be put through the romantic wringer by other people, with Rosie becoming ensnared by Christian Cooke’s slick cad Greg, while Alex gets entangled with Tamsin Egerton’s leggy controlling Sally and Suki Waterhouse’s stuck-up, self-absorbed Bethany. The hurts and heartaches all take place, however, in a glossy feelgood fantasy world more reminiscent of a Richard Curtis rom-com than real life.
Certificate 15. Runtime 99 mins. Director Christian Ritter.
Released on Blu-ray & DVD on Monday 2nd March by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
– Interviews with Lily Collins, Sam Claflin and Cecelia Ahern
– Making of… Love, Rosie
– Music Video: Mimi and the Mad Noise Factory “Get me Back”
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