Boy (Sam Claflin) meets girl (Lily Collins). Boy and girl become best friends. Boy and girl hit puberty. Cue longing glances across packed rooms, teasing and tactical denial of attraction. Everything seems fast-tracked for romantic success… until boy moves to the US.
Based on the epistolary Cecilia Ahern novel, Where Rainbows End, the film presents us with a transatlantic rom com stretched over a period of 15 years – very much in the same vein as David Nicholls’ One Day.
Charmingly British and suitably awkward, Claflin and Collins give believable performances, which admittedly left us a bit weepy at the end.
And remember the girl at school who was the envy of everyone? In Love, Rosie this figure is played by none other than Suki Waterhouse (we couldn't compete with that). Perpetually dolled up in midriff-baring attire, Waterhouse stars as Collins' love rival – both vying for Claflin’s attention (Collins in a subtle manner, Waterhouse less so). Suki is funny and fluid and sure of herself – it just works.
Sweet and harmless. Watch for that undeniably satisfying gooey sensation.
In cinemas 22 October.