Based on Cecelia Ahern’s bestselling chick lit novel Where Rainbows End, this very slight romantic comedy 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. Yet the hurts and heartaches all take place in a glossy, feelgood, fantasy world that looks a good deal like Richard Curtis’s cosily familiar, well-heeled rom-com North London, even though the film takes place and was shot in Dublin.
Certificate 15. Runtime 102 mins. Director Christian Ritter.
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