‘Love, Rosie’ shows long, difficult road from friendship to love


This Valentines Day, as some people go to the movies or have a nice romantic steak dinner with their significant others, other people are cuddling up with a blanket and some popcorn to live vicariously through romantic movies. My personal favorite romantic movie is “Love, Rosie.” The 2014 movie is a classic slow burn of friends who secretly love each other. 

Book cover source: audible.com

The two main characters, Rosie, played by Lily Collins, and Alex, played by Sam Clafin, have been inseparable their entire lives, but as they grow up they discover the cruelty of time. You may not see the name Sam Clafin and immediately think of a face or any movies, but Clafin has been known to play the handsome love interest in movies like “Me Before You” or the dreamy cut-throat yet loving Finnick Odair in the “Hunger Games.” Lily Collins, also a well known actress, is a regular in romantic movies. Collins stars in the heart throbbing movie, “Stuck in Love,” or in her more serious roles like in “To the Bone.” Collins and Clafin’s chemistry in the movie is enough to glue you to the edge of the couch. 

For those of you like me, I love a good “will they, won’t they” romance where the characters are their own worst enemies in love. Alex and Rosie spend their senior year getting into new relationships, going to the beach, and dancing at prom. However, Rosie’s plan to attend Boston College with Alex and become an owner of her own hotel, gets a little bumpy. The two part ways but continue to stay in touch over messaging and letters, until their paths cross again and again.

The movie can be found on Amazon Prime for free and it has an R rating for language and some sexual content. “Love, Rosie” moves at a fast pace through years of Alex and Rosie’s complicated lives. Viewers watch painfully as the two characters go in and out of each other’s lives through other marriages, children, girlfriends and boyfriends, deaths and careers. I give “Love, Rosie” a rating of 4.5/5 stars and recommend that you ditch your significant other and treat yourself to a nice night on the couch watching “Love, Rosie.”

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