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Starring: Laura Linney, Topher Grace, Paul Rudd, Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden
Director: Dylan Kidd
Rating: M18 (Sexual Scene)
Year Made: 2006






Languages: English
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Letterbox
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1/2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 37 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Comstar



Louise Harrington, a divorced thirty-something admissions officer at the prestigious Columbia University School of the Arts is intelligent, pretty, successful and yet unfulfilled. That is until a graduate school application crosses her desk and she arranges to interview the young painter.

When Scott Feinstadt appears, he bears an uncanny resemblance to Louise's high school boyfriend and one true love, an artist who died in a car accident twenty years earlier. Within hours of the interview, Louise and Scott have embarked on a passionately uninhibited older woman/younger man affair. But is Scott just a reminder of Louise's lost love? And is Scott just trying to wheedle his way into the Ivy League?

Torrid and tender, serious and sexy, P.S features a career performance from Laura Linney (Mystic River, You Can Count on Me) and breakthrough leading man for Topher Grace (In Good Company, Traffic, That 70's Show).


Unwilling to let go of the past, yet timid to discover the future possibilities that lie for the next few decades, that probably sums up the confusion we’d face at every turning point of our lives. And there won’t be clear answers to any of these doubts anytime soon.

This Dylan Kidd-directed indie film explores those uncertainties through the eyes of a successful yet disgruntled thirty-something woman. When a young man enters her life in the most unexpected manner, she is torn whether true love is awaiting her, or whether he is just a harsh jolt in her memory of her deceased boyfriend.

A woman’s suffering life would not be complete without problems coming from her ex-husband, her skeptical mother and a shoddy brother. The sadness a woman has to bear, we hear you say.

Just in case you are looking for a solution to your own messed up life in this 97-minute film, we’d tell you that you’d be sorely disappointed. You may even feel that the story tries to hard to fit in too many notions for its own good, but upon retrospect, that’s what life is all about, isn’t it?

The gem in this movie is obviously Laura Linney who effortlessly plays her middle-aged character with incredible conviction. Her depiction of the confused and problem-ridden woman is so real, you’d feel like she someone you know. There is also Topher Grace who plays her sweet young suitor with innocence and idealism. His energy and liveliness is a nice contrast to Linney’s restrained forlornness.

The supporting cast is steady as Paul Rudd, Marcia Gay Harden and Gabriel Byrne deliver brief but rich performances.

Kidd’s screenplay adapted from Helen Schulman’s novel may be meandering at times, but give it a little patience, and you’d be looking at a story which imitates life in the most intimate way.

For the answers, you’d have to search for them yourself.


This Code 3 disc contains no extra features at all.


The visual transfer is nothing to shout about, which isn’t the point of this movie anyway. There is a choice of English Dolby Digital 2.0 or 5.1.



Review by John Li


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