The Love Letter: Film #155 of Film 365

Wednesday 25th April 2012

Director: Peter Chan
Year: 1999
Stars: Kate Capshaw, Blythe Danner, Ellen DeGeneres, Julianne Nicholson, Tom Everett Scott, Tom Selleck

A couple of days after watching Sex and the City, I thought I would give another romantic movie, The Love Letter, a try. Dan was away for a couple of days and I knew he'd have no interest in this, so thought it was a good time to watch it.

Now, I wasn't expecting greatness from The Love Letter because I knew it was a made-for-TV movie. But sometimes made-for-TV movies can be easy, enjoyable to watch affairs. This wasn't. The movie is based in Loblolly (in fairness, I love the town's name), a small US harbour-side town, and focuses on Helen (Capshaw), a woman who finds a love letter that she thinks is for her - but it may well not be.

Quite frankly, The Love Letter is really rather dull to watch. I got very bored more than once. And when you finish watching a movie, put on Home and Away and think how high its production values are, you know something is up.

After the last two movies, I bet Dan's glad he stayed away. I may now need to go and watch Stand by Me to restore my faith in films.

Rating: 1 out of 5

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