LETTERS TO JULIET
More Fun than Shakespeare
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Christopher
Egan, Gael Garcia Bernal, and
Audience: Older children and adults
Runtime: 104 minutes
Distributor: Summit Entertainment
Director: Gary Winick
Executive Producer: Ron Schmidt
Producer: Ellen Barkin, Mark Canton,
Eric Feig, Caroline Kaplan,
and Patrick Wachsberger
Writer: Jose Rivera and Tim Sullivan
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Sophie and Victor go on a “pre-wedding honeymoon” to Italy that turns out to be a 24-hour a day opportunity for Victor to make connections with suppliers for his restaurant. Sophie, an aspiring writer, comes across the opportunity to write response letters to people who leave “letters to Juliet” in a sort of “wailing wall” in Verona, Italy, the site of Shakespeare’s famous play ROMEO & JULIET. When she discovers a letter behind a brick in the wall, she writes to an English woman who left her Italian romantic flame 50 years ago and went back to make her life in England.
Sophie’s letter draws Claire (played Vanessa Redgrave) and her grandson Charlie to Italy to search for Lorenzo Bartolini, the long-lost heartthrob. Clair and Sophie quickly become fast friends on the quest while Charlie complains about the lunacy of the whole idea.
This sets up a classic situation for romantic comedy, and it does not disappoint. The changing relationship between Sophie and Charlie is very well plotted and paced nicely with excellent plot points. LETTERS TO JULIET is moderately well directed with some excellent acting and some stereotypical and even self-conscious moments by the same actors, indicating uneven direction. Even so, LETTERS TO JULIET will be quite entertaining to those who enjoy Hollywood romance movies.
Viewers need to note that the movie has a strong Romantic worldview combined with references to destiny, answered prayer and Christian sacramental and aesthetic signs and references. Of course, true love comes from God and is an unfailing commitment in good and bad times. When Hollywood romances fade, godly love continues and grows stronger.
LETTERS TO JULIET is rated PG for nearly one dozen exclamatory profanities and hugs and kisses by the leads as well as paintings and statues representing graphically various mild sexual liaisons and a scene at the garden of Juliet where a woman and then a man caress the bare breast of the statue of Juliet. Also, there are nude paintings and statues.
LETTERS TO JULIET extols marriage literally and figuratively. The concept of a “pre-wedding honeymoon” sounds suspicious, but the movie doesn’t show any sexual immorality. The couple is actually separated for most of their stay in Italy.
Even so, parents should help their children and teenagers understand about true love.
LETTERS TO JULIET has a Romantic worldview, combined with references to Destiny, answered prayer and very Christian sacramental and aesthetic signs. It is rated PG for nearly a dozen light profanities and some kissing, as well as a few paintings and statues (some nude) graphically representing various mild sexual liaisons and a scene where people caress the bare breast of a statue. Even so, LETTERS TO JULIET affirms marriage literally and figuratively and is quite well written. Those who enjoy romantic movies probably will like it a lot.