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P.S. (2004)

Cast: Laura Linney, Topher Grace, Gabriel Byrne, more...
Director: Dylan Kidd
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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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). ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Cradle-Robbing Can Be Fun by talltale February 6, 2005 - 8:28 PM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
One of the major under-rated movies of 2004, P.S. is a must-see for fans of Laura Linney, Topher Grace, Marcia Gay Harden (and of Gabrielle Byrne, Paul Rudd and Lois Smith in lesser roles) and for those who appreciate exceptionally well-written dialog, absolutely spot-on performances, and direction that melds all this to perfection. Dylan Kidd (director and co-writer) gave us "Roger Dodger" a couple of years back, but that was just a warm-up for this new one--which is better in every way. Critics seemed to harp on the fact that what the Laura Linney character (a school's admissions officer) does by bedding a prospective student is SO WRONG. Yes. Well? Where would movie history be if films were never made about characters who do the wrong thing? Sure, the initial decision is problematic, but it's where the movie goes with this decision that counts. And on that score, P.S. hits big. No need to say any more: just rent this one and enjoy.

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