Lily Collins and her perfect eyebrows are delightful in this time-spanning rom-com, but sadly they aren’t enough to save Love, Rosie from descending into overwrought schmaltz.

The film follows childhood best friends, Alex (Sam Claflin) and Rosie (Collins), throughout their tiresome will-they-won’t-they, encountering all manner of horrors – including prosthetic baby bumps and Tamsin Egerton’s terrible American accent – along the way.

Vintage Lily Allen and a deliciously foul-mouthed Jaime Winstone are welcome additions while Claflin is reliably endearing. But director Christian Ditter is annoyingly preoccupied with lingering close ups and far less concerned with delivering a coherent and well-paced plot.

As the pair of childhood BFFs, Claflin and Collins are almost charming enough to distract from a confused and childish plot, but Love, Rosie still has a lot of growing up to do.

RATING: 3/5


INFORMATION

CAST: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Jaime Winstone, Tamsin Egerton

DIRECTOR: Christian Ditter

WRITERS: Juliette Towhidi

SYNOPSIS: Alex and Rosie are childhood best friends on the brink of becoming something more. But as life takes them down very different paths, can they hold on to their dreams and each other?

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I'm a television trainee whose favourite film is either Speed or Before Midnight. My love of film has been carefully cultivated by my unending pretence that I’m in one and an accidental five year subscription to Empire magazine. Other than 'working in TV’ and writing for ORWAV, I spend my time guiltily watching noughties rom-coms on Netflix, moping over how bad Batman v. Superman was and playing acoustic covers of Lady Gaga on my guitar. Follow me on twitter if you like @olivialuder – my retweets are pretty cracking.