P.S. | Chicago Reader

P.S.

Dylan Kidd's first film, Roger Dodger (2002), was praised by many critics as an unsparing study of an unapologetic cad, but it struck me as unconvincingly glib. In this syrupy new romantic comedy Louise (Laura Linney), an admissions officer for Columbia University's fine arts program who's languishing in a bad marriage, undergoes an enormous romantic and sexual awakening after she receives an application from a student with the same name as her long-lost teenage love. She eventually wins over the bemused student (Topher Grace), but not before we've seen plenty of unlikely plot entanglements, including the revelation that one of her close friends (Marcia Gay Harden) has tried to seduce him. Even the always radiant Linney can't save this misbegotten film. R, 97 min.

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