– by Linda Tran
Based on the best-selling novel Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern, Love, Rosie tells the story of Rosie and Alex: best friends since they were five years old, finding themselves going in different directions after high school. Somehow, across time and space and different continents, the tie that binds them cannot be undone. As they both stumble through life, discovering love and dreams, they still find their way back to each other. Love, Rosie is a modern comedy-of-errors tale posing the question: “Do we really only get one shot at true love?”
Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror and The Mortal Instruments) plays the lovable Rosie Dunne, who dreams of moving to Boston with Alex to study Hotel Management and one day owning her own hotel. All goes according to plan (getting accepted in to Boston University), until she accidentally falls pregnant after sleeping with the high school jock, Greg (played by Christian Cooke, Witches Of East End), on prom night. Rosie ultimately decides to keep the baby and stay in England and raise the child herself.
Alex, played by Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Hunger Games), finds himself accepted in to Harvard Medical School and moving permanently to Boston. He begins a serious relationship with a beautiful blonde American whom he met while at Harvard. Although he starts to long for Rosie just as she starts getting her life in order back home, finding her own place, taking a job at an upscale hotel, even reconnecting with and marrying the baby-daddy who messed up her dreams in the first place. Comedy relief comes in the form of Ruby (played by Jaime Winstone, from Made In Dagenham), Rosie’s new best friend she met the night she discovered she was pregnant. Ruby stays by Rosie’s side every step of the way from the moment they meet, being her confidant and emotional support until the very end.
Collins and Claflin provide a believable amount of chemistry between Rosie and Alex; from the moment you meet them (at Rosie’s 18th birthday party) until the very end. There is no denying that the audience will have a sub-conscious desire for these two to find happiness with each other. Not only with each other though, Collins and Claflin deliver realistic and convincing performances in their other relationships in the film: from being in domestic hell, to genuinely believing they’re happy but there’s that nagging feeling deep down that won’t stop, to light-hearted friendships.
However, there are a few moments that pull you back out of the swelling dramatic romance. A big one is when Rosie’s daughter, Katie, reaches 12 years old near the end of the film. The height difference between Collins and her on-screen daughter Lily Laight is only a few inches, and it also doesn’t help that Collins already has a very youthful face.
Love, Rosie, directed by Christian Ditter, isn’t just “another sappy chick flick that makes you believe that being in a relationship is the only thing to make you happy”. This film also reminds you that it is never too late to chase your dreams; even if life throws you curve balls, you can still find your inner empowerment and open that hotel that you always dreamt of owning.