P.S. (2004)



Critic Consensus: Laura Linney is as watchable as ever, but the melancholy P.S. never finds its footing.

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Directed by Dylan Kidd, P.S. follows Louise Harrington (Laura Linney), a divorcee who works in Columbia University's School of Fine Arts and at first glance seems utterly satisfied with her life. The thirties-odd woman has found success in the workplace, is respected among her peers, and is fairly confident in her own abilities -- yet, she can't help but feel something is missing. When she arranges to interview a prospective student at least 15 years younger than she is, she's shocked to find out he is the spitting image of her high-school sweetheart, an artist who had died in a tragic car accident before they graduated. After the interview, Louise and Scott (Topher Grace) waste no time before getting romantically involved. Their motives aren't entirely clear -- Louise may be longing for her former flame, while Scott could be trying to assure himself a position in the Ivy League by whatever means necessary -- but that doesn't stop them. Elsewhere, Missy (Marcia Gay Harden), Louise's best friend from high school makes a play for Scott herself. Complicating issues further is the looming presence of Peter (Gabriel Byrne), Louise's ex-husband, and her recently sober brother (Paul Rudd).
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Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Laura Linney
as Louise Harrington
Topher Grace
as F. Scott Feinstadt
Gabriel Byrne
as Peter Harrington
Marcia Gay Harden
as Missy Goldberg
Paul Rudd
as Sammy Silverstein
Lois Smith
as Ellie Silverstein
Chris Meyer
as Ricky
Becki Newton
as Rebecca
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Critic Reviews for P.S.

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (29)

Linney directs her scenes from within them, holding our attention and keeping the focus on her confusion, her pain and her hope.

December 10, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
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Both genders are programmed by eons of Darwinian genetic strategy, and so we believe them, and because Linney and Grace are sexy and play well together, the age gap is not a barrier so much as additional seasoning.

Full Review… | November 19, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Despite an excellent supporting cast something in p.s. goes mushy and implausible.

November 18, 2004
Chicago Tribune
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Can't seem to make up its mind whether it's a romantic comedy, a drama or a psychological thriller and settles for being an odd -- and unbelievable -- hybrid of all three.

November 12, 2004
Seattle Times
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We have a talented director, and a wonderful cast -- but for me this is a near-miss.

November 8, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
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Contains more than its share of implausibilities and absurdities -- and let's not even imagine the reception the movie would get if the genders were reversed -- but if it's not Linney's finest role, it contains some of her nerviest work.

Full Review… | November 7, 2004
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for P.S.

An admissions officer for Columbia gets involved with an applicant whose name reminds her of a man from her past. The performances by Laura Linney and Topher Grace save this film from the miasma of self-indulgence that it threatens to fall into. Linney, in particular, conveys a whole palette of emotion, from insecure lust to confident determination, and Grace sprinkles in sensitivity to his douchey character. While the plot doesn't pay off and there's an important scene in a hotel room that leaves the audience wondering if it got spliced in from another movie, the story is good enough to provide Linney opportunity to show off her acting chops. Overall, I like Linney enough to follow her into this poorly constructed film.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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Cast: Laura Linney, Topher Grace, Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, Paul Rudd, Lois Smith, Jennifer Carta, Ross A. McIntyre, Chris Meyer, Becki Newton, Stacy Lynn Spierer Director: Dylan Kidd Summary: College admissions officer Louise Harrington (Laura Linney), a divorced woman in her late thirties, is looking for someone special enough to put her heart on the line, but the only man she's ever loved died 20 years ago. When a college applicant, Scott (Topher Grace), appears to be her true love reincarnated, will Louise finally find the happiness she seeks? Or is Scott just playing along to get into the Ivy League? My Thoughts: "Wonderful cast. I wasn't blown away with the story, but it was definitely interesting. Louise Harrington, is a woman longing for the past. She spends her time thinking about the "what ifs" in life. When F. Scott Feinstadt comes in the picture is when it gets odd. He looks, speaks, and acts just like her high school boyfriend and happens to share his name. She comes somewhat intrigued with him and a bit obsessed. The whole story is a bit weird and it never really goes anywhere. But interesting none the less."


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Odd, but it was pretty good.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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