- Holly's uptight, almost neurotic personality. It made me wonder why a guy like Gerry would stick around. Most of the time it baffled me as to what Gerry saw in Holly to begin with, except for a few moments when she lets herself go and enjoys herself.
- The lack of chemistry. Hilary Swank is pretty in an ugly duckling kind of way, and Gerard Butler is the definition of a sexy, earthy Irishman (or Scot) with a love of life and sense of adventure, yet I couldn't see these two together. Hilary seems uptight during the more intimate moments, and the scenes felt awkward at times. (Let's just say their first kiss was nothing like John's and Margaret's from "North and South". Now that was sexy and romantic in its innocence and exploration. Whew!)
- Holly attracting the attention of all the straight, unmarried men. Why? Didn't get that. Lisa Kudrow was more more interesting. Not that I didn't like Holly because she has her moments. I just figure in real life, men would run far from someone like her. But then, what do I know?
What I did like:
- Holly's best friends, played by Lisa Kudrow and Gina Gershon. While both are probably older than Holly (probably by about 10 years) there was a relaxed, bantering camraderie between them that worked really well. Lisa Kudrow is funny as hell, such a great actress, and so self-absorbed in this movie - I loved it. The scene in the boat is priceless.
- Gerard Butler, Harry Connick Jr., and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Gerard is not afraid to put himself out there, whether emotionally or at the risk of being laughed at. His chararcter is sexy and charming, with that lovely accent and twinkling eyes, and how much he loved his wife. Loved that. Harry Connick Jr. is funny as a bartender with what he calls "no filter". He basically says whatever pops into his head, and it's hilarious. Jeffrey Dean Morgan (from Grey's Anatomy) is the epitome of an Irishmen (is he Irish in real life?) with that engaging smile, sparkling eyes, and brawny build. Both him and Gerard sing in the movie too, which is fun. Ladies, I say we all go to Ireland to bring us back some hotties - who's with me?
Yet despite its faults and the awkward romance between the main characters, I would recommend seeing it for the beauty of Ireland (men included), the humor, the sweet moments, and the friendships. For me, I got my Gerard Butler fix, so I'm a very happy girl to have seen it.
Rating: **** out of *****