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Not the slush-fest I expected
on 5 March 2016
This is so much better than the saccharine and sentimental book which I hated. Hilary Swank is an eccentric choice for romantic lead but adds some robustness to the role, even though I wasn't convinced by her chemistry with Gerard Butler. Kathy Bates is excellent as the bitter mother and offsets the slush potential of the story while offering some genuinely moving moments. And Lisa Kudrow gives the right touch of ditzy sharpness.
So this is girly without being silly and avoids too neat an ending.