Today I had the option of either rewatching Interstellar, which I intend on doing very soon as it's a film that requires multiple viewings, or I could've watched this. I went with this. I regret that decision. Love, Rosie follows the story of Rosie (Lily Collins), your run-of-the-mill teenage girl with teenage dreams. Typical. Her best friend is Alex (Sam Claffin), and he has been since they were just little kids. Then some stuff happens here and there, there's a brief sex scene between Rosie and a guy named Greg (Christian Cooke) and BAM! Rosie's pregnant. Some more stuff happens, more sex ensures, the child gets older, relationships have their ups and downs and more than twelve years pass by, leading us back to where the film opened, and I was thankful to get there.
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.
Love, Rosie is a giant ball of generic. Imagine the most typical, by the numbers and formulaic romance movie you can think of. Got one? Good. Let me tell you the plot of your movie. Girl wants guy. Guy wants girl. Girl doesn't know guy wants girl. Guy doesn't know girl wants guy. Guy finds another girl. Girl finds another guy. Girl isn't happy with new guy. Guy isn't happy with new girl. Guy wants old girl again. Girl wants old guy again. Old guy doesn't know old girl wants old guy. Old girl doesn't know old guy wants old girl. Guy and girl find out. Guy and girl fall in love. Movie ends and teenage girls cry. That is this movie.
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.
The film is a major cop-out too. There are so many "coincidences" or "filmmaking tricks" crammed into it for comedic effect. Trust me, they're not comedic. They're cop outs, they're unfunny and they're irritating. So much so that they took me out of an already average movie. There's a short scene with Rosie and her daughter on the beach. Rosie returns with some ice cream, as pictured in this review, and is delightfully surprised by what she sees.To signify her surprise, the ice cream falls from her cone and plummets into the sand. Why? Because unoriginality, that's what.
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.
Maybe I'm just not the target audience for this film. No, no that's not it. If I can enjoy such films as The Fault in Our Stars, About Time and Stuck In Love, the third of which also stars the insanely likeable Lily Collins, then I should be able to like films like this. I just don't. Each of the films mentioned added something to the teen romance genre, well, except for About Time, but I felt like it was necessary to point that one out. Love, Rosie adds nothing. Instead, it takes away from what was building up to be the return of incredible teen romance movies. Can't we just go back to the 80s and 90s? That's when they were at their peak.
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.