Love, Rosie is a British ‘will-they-won’t-they’ Romantic Comedy about Rosie, played by Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror, The Blind Side, 90201) and Alex, portrayed by Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Part 1) best friends since the age of five but separated when Alex is accepted to study at Harvard University in America.
The film deals with a boy-girl relationship of two friends that are secretly in love and seeks to answer the eternal question: can a boy and a girl just be friends? Based on the novel, Where Rainbows End by Irish writer Cecilia Ahern, the on-screen adaptation takes on a distinctly more British feel with only vague references to the book’s Irish roots such as the accent of Rosie’s parents and the fact that they are Catholic.
Where the film is set is never really explained and despite the fact that filming took place in County Wicklow and Dublin, Ireland, we see a red ‘Elizabeth Regina’ post box outside Rosie’s house on several occasions. Rosie herself even confirms to us the fact that she considers herself as English, “Can we just talk like English people please?!” and all her classmates at school speak with an accent from South-East England or that of inner city London much like in the area of North London in which I grew up. Another example of this is the cameo by Jaime Winstone as Ruby, the straight-talking ‘mate’ with a cockney accent who was always on hand to give Rosie advice adding an extra touch of authenticity to the film.
Christian Ditter’s first English language film is clearly an attempt to create a very British film, and whilst this won’t become a classic like Four Weddings and a Funeral or Notting Hill, it arguably paints a far more realistic picture of Britishism than the caricature portrayed by the bumbling Hugh Grant in the aforementioned Richard Curtis classics. Indeed, even the soundtrack reinforces the British backbone to this film with the likes of Scot, K.T. Tunstall and the cockney girl herself, Lily Allen whose music is played throughout.
Love, Rosie provides many laughs in the first half of the film with its typical dry British humour in the script despite the straight way in which the lines are delivered by leads Claflin and Collins. The English duo show great comedic timing in places for two new actors who have never had experience with comedy acting. However, through no fault of the actors, the humour tends to stretch it a bit too far, such as when Rosie – to quote her friend Ruby – “gets a condom stuck in her fanny” and is treated at the hospital by a 30-something doctor called “Dick”. Likewise when Rosie becomes unfortunately handcuffed to a wrought iron bed headboard and cannot find the key and is then forced to take daughter Katie to her first day at school whilst holding the headboard.
All in all, Love, Rosie is a feel-good film that is definite to be a hit with the ladies this Christmas, and whilst it may not appeal to an older market, its flashback scenes will have the 18 to 30’s reminiscing about their adolescence and providing a setting that Brits can really relate to with real life references from Baked Beans to Icelandic volcanic eruptions causing flights to be grounded in 2012.
Love, Rosie is in cinemas in Belgium on 17th December and is out now in the UK and the US.