Love, Rosie, film review: Charm isn't enough to hide storyline's chronic absurdities

(15) Christian Ditter, 102 mins Starring: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Jaime Winstone
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In this flighty romcom, young heroine Rosie (played by Lily Collins, daughter of Phil Collins) learns that you can't hurry love. No, you just have to wait. Love doesn't come easy to Rosie.

She is besotted with Alex, the boy next door (Sam Claflin) and her closest childhood friend – but he is slow on the uptake to notice her devotion.

While he is off at an Ivy League college studying to be a doctor, she is stuck home in Britain as a single mom in the suburbs with a life of drudgery.

The film is shot in impressionistic style with constant use of handheld camera and lots of jaunty pop songs to bridge gaps in the narrative.

Collins has a gamine-like quality reminiscent of a young Audrey Hepburn but her effervescent charm isn't enough to hide the chronic absurdities in the storyline.