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The Love Letter (1999)

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Critic Consensus: Poor character development and scripting hamper any romantic chemistry.

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Helen (Kate Capshaw) runs a bookstore in Loblolly By The Sea, a small fishing community in New England where everyone seems to know everyone else's business. A 42-year-old single mother, she is emotionally distant and fearful of getting too close to anyone. George (Tom Selleck) has known Helen since they were schoolmates, and he's been in love with her for ages, but has always settled for just being her friend. Convinced she wasn't interested in him, he married another woman years ago. Helen also has another secret admirer, Johnny (Tom Everett Scott), who isn't at all put off by the fact that Helen is twice his age. Johnny, however, is currently occupied with Jennifer (Julianne Nicholson), a fellow student who also works at the bookstore and is crazy about him. Into this tangled web of unrequited love comes an amorous letter that Helen finds in the store one day. The letter bears no signature and no address; it's at once passionate and oblique, fervent and cryptic. It's very interesting stuff. So who wrote it? And to whom was the writer planning to send it? Before long, the letter has made its way through this circle, and everyone has an idea (or a hope) of who their secret love is, although no one knows for sure or just how to find out. The Love Letter marked the American debut of director Peter Ho-Sun Chan, who enjoyed success in Hong Kong with Comrades: Almost A Love Story and He's A Woman, She's A Man. The supporting cast includes Ellen DeGeneres, Blythe Danner, and Gloria Stuart. The Love Letter may be best remembered as the only major studio film to open the same week as Star Wars: Episode One -- The Phantom Menace. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Rating:
PG-13 (for some sensuality, nudity and strong language)
Genre:
Comedy , Romance
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Written By:
In Theaters:
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Runtime:
Studio:
DreamWorks SKG

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Cast

Blythe Danner
as Lillian
Gloria Stuart
as Eleanor
Tom Selleck
as George
Geraldine McEwan
as Constance
Bill Buell
as Officer Dan
Alice Drummond
as Postal Clerk
Walter Covell
as Post Office Customer
Patrick J. Donnelly
as Bookstore Customer
Lucas Hall
as Garbage Man 1
Christian Harmony
as Garbage Man 2
Christopher Nee
as Garbage Man 3
Sasha Spielberg
as Girl with Sparkler
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Critic Reviews for The Love Letter

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (18)

The Force isn't with, nor is there much dramatic force behind The Love Letter!

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

It wants to revel in rapture and grand illusions and timeless dreams, yet its vision of love is overly graphed out and willed.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A mild and likable enough romantic comedy.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
Top Critic

A romantic comedy of much charm and wisdom!

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Filled with surprising bursts of wit and charm!

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

The Love Letter transports the recipe from Hollywood to New England and turns it into the kind of flavorful clambake that defines summer escapist entertainment.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Love Letter

★★ (out of four) A bland and uneven romantic comedy that aspires to be warm and whimsical, but falls flat. None of the characters are very interesting and all the actors seem pretty bored by the preceedings. Kate Capshaw plays Helen, the owner of a bookstore in a small New England coastal town. Her friend from high school (Tom Selleck) has been in love with her for years but is afraid to tell her. She is also the object of the affections of a young man (Tom Everett Scott), who is half her age. One day an unsigned love letter shows up at her store. It is romantic and moves her. Before long, the entire town is obssessed with find out who authored the letter. [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v48/Zeppo1/LoveLetterThe.jpg[/IMG]

Steve Smith
Steve Smith
½

I actually enjoyed this movie. I admit I did have to start it over once about 10 minutes into the movie because I wasn't really paying attention and so I didn't know what was going on. The character of Johnny did make me uncomfortable though with how posessive and pushy he seemed to be. It certainly wasn't a brilliant movie but it was quirky.

Megan S
Megan S

Super Reviewer

Just okay. I watched for Ellen and Tom Selleck and they were both very loveable.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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