I want to share with you all a story. This is true story as well, I'll have you know. I was walking home from the cinema, which is when I usually plot together my review, and I noticed a car bumper sticker. This bumper sticker made me chuckle. It wasn't a particularly inventive bumper sticker, nor was it a very funny one, so I have no reasons to explain why this bumper sticker made me laugh, but it did. Why is this story of any relevance to the film at hand? It isn't, but I thought it would be appropriate to share because I laughed harder at this unfunny bumper sticker than I did at any one joke in the entirety of Love, Rosie.
This film does actually make an attempt at masking its genericness, I'll give it that. The film, as I stated in my opening paragraph, spans over twelve years, plus the main character, Rosie, is also a mum at eighteen. It does something slightly different to your run-of-the-mill love story traits, despite the film still not working out. Christ man, not even the soundtrack to this film is in any way original.
If I'm being fair, the film has some likability to it as well. There's a certain charm that was rubbed off from the trailer and this charm is present in the final product too. It's a sweet movie, even if it's generic, dull and irritating as a whole. The two leads bounce off of each other, they're friendly banter not as mind-numbing as the rest of the film. But when their banter becomes something else entirely, it doesn't come as a heart break, which is what the filmmakers clearly intended on it being. Instead it's just a series of arguments interplayed between moments of humour that doesn't work. It's a rather big mess.
To sum up, Love, Rosie adds nothing new to the teen (and eventually adult) romance genre. It's incredibly generic, by the numbers and full of cop-outs, despite having a sort of charm to it and a likeable performance from Lily Collins, who obviously has great chemistry with her co-star, Sam Claffin.