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An American girl discovers a love letter that changes her life in this romantic comedy starring Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave. The setting is Verona, Italy -- the city where Romeo and Juliet first met. In Verona, there's a wall where the lovelorn leave notes, hoping that Juliet will answer their inquiries about love. Sophie (Seyfried) is part of a team of volunteers who respond to the letters. When Sophie answers a letter from 1957, the woman who wrote it (Redgrave) decides to seek out the one that got away, and romance starts to blossom all around. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Poster art for "Letters to Juliet."


ophie Hall (Amanda Seyfried) is a fact checker at The New Yorker magazine who dreams of becoming a writer, but her boss, Bobby, does not share her wishes. Sophie’s fiance, Victor (Gael Garcia Bernal), is about to open an Italian restaurant in downtown New York. To celebrate, the two go on a “pre-honeymoon” to VeronaItaly. Sadly for Sophie, Victor seems too preoccupied in finding the best wines and cheeses for his restaurant and hardly has time for her. While he is out one day, Sophie goes sightseeing and comes across the house where Juliet Capulet supposedly lived and watches in awe as numerous people gather to write letters to Juliet about their loves and post them on Juliet’s wall. Sophie writes of this in her journal for a few hours and sits on a bench, waiting for closing time, to see what becomes of the letters. A young Italian woman comes to collect the letters, putting them all into a straw basket, and Sophie follows her to a restaurant where the woman meets with three other women, who reveal themselves to be “Juliet’s secretaries”, writing back to each of the letters. The next day, Sophie helps Isabel, one of the secretaries, take the letters. A loose brick falls, and behind it is a crumpled, envelope. Sophie discovers it is a 1957 letter written by Claire, an English woman who while in Italy studying art, fell in love with Lorenzo Bartolini. When he asked her to run away with him, she did not show up and wrote to Juliet about it. Sophie writes back.

A few days later, a young English man arrives. Charlie (Chris Egan) reveals that because Sophie responded his grandmother is now here to find her love. When Sophie asks to meet Claire, Charlie says no, but Sophie follows him and is introduced to Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) who is more than happy to meet “Juliet”. Together, the three decide to embark on a journey to find all the Lorenzo Bartolinis near Siena, Italy where Claire says Lorenzo always enjoyed. The three meet many Lorenzo Bartolinis, but none of them seem to be the right one, as Claire says she’ll be able to see who Lorenzo is through his blue eyes.

Traveling, Sophie and the grandmother and grandson learn about each other’s lives like that Charlie has an ex-girlfriend he hasn't seen in a year, named Patricia, with Claire learning that Sophie’s mother abandoned her when she was nine and Sophie learning that Charlie’s parents died in a car crash when he was ten. Charlie, at first rude, is now attracted to her, but Sophie is standoffish. The three meet many men named Lorenzo Bartolini, including one who has died. Seeing his grandmother cry, Charlie blames Sophie. Claire berates her grandson and tells him about Sophie’s mother, then she visits Sophie in her hotel room and comforts her. Charlie apologizes to Sophie who has gone out and laid down on the grass next to Charlie, and they kiss under the stars.

The next day, while driving back, Claire asks that they stop at a vineyard when she notices it is the vineyard that makes their favorite wine. There, she sees a young Italian man who looks exactly like Lorenzo. Insisting it’s him, Sophie and Charlie go and ask him of his name, which he says is indeed Lorenzo Bartolini. Deciding it must be Lorenzo’s grandson, they ask to speak to the young man’s father, whose name is also Lorenzo. The middle-aged man says his elderly father is also Lorenzo Bartolini, and he was out riding his horse. Charlie urges his grandmother to see if it’s the right Lorenzo, but Claire decides she doesn’t want to. Just then, the elder Lorenzo (Franco Nero) arrives and is indeed Claire’s long-lost love. The two reunite in a heartfelt embrace.

Lorenzo introduces the three to his family. Later, Sophie leaves to go back to Verona and Victor. Claire tells Charlie “not to wait fifty years” before he discovers there is only one girl he loves. Charlie races after her but, seeing her embrace Victor, he leaves.

Back in New York, Sophie presents a story to her boss identical to Claire’s tale, and he tells her he is going to publish it. Excited, she rushes home. The next day at work, she gets an invitation to Claire and Lorenzo’s wedding that Saturday. She breaks up with Victor at the kitchen of his Italian restaurant, and goes to the wedding. At the end of the ceremony, she attempts to talk to Charlie, but believes a woman that is with him, Patricia (Ashley Lilley) is his girlfriend. She hurries away to a balcony, but Charlie follows her. Sophie professes her love but tells him to go back to Patricia, who Charlie explains is his cousin, and not his ex-girlfriend he mentioned earlier. He admits he is in love with Sophie. He attempts to climb up to kiss her like Romeo Montague but falls. Sophie hurries to him and they kiss, Clarie and Lorenzo watched happily and everyone else rushes to see them kiss.

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Genre:  Romance
Release Date:  May 14, 2010
MPAA Rating:  PG
Runtime:  1hr 45min
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review by . September 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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Aspiring writer Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) and her fiancé go to Verona for a pre-honeymoon/business trip. He's obsessed with work and leaves poor Sophie to sightsee alone. She visits Juliet's famous house, where for generations lovelorn women have left letters asking for advice in Juliet's brick wall. The locals who answer the letters on Juliet's behalf invite Sophie to join them and her response to a 50-year old letter will change several lives forever.      …
review by . July 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Okay, so I love Amanda and her personality but she could have chosen a better movie selection. She is a good actress and I wish she didn't lower her potential to movies like this. This movie was the cheesiest. You know exactly whats going to happen. Every line in the movie is so cliche and predictable. At the end her love interest falls on the floor and she says something like "Are you okay? Can you move anything?" And he responds with "Only my lips." Like cooome on. It's …
review by . July 10, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Sweet, simple and silly. If that's what you are looking for, then you should like Letters to Juliet. A couple of girlfriends and I enjoyed an afternoon in a cool theater on a hot day. The Italian countryside washed over us and that alone was worth the price of admission. Gorgeous scenery. The story is sweet as well. Romantics will love the lost letter and the search for love fifty years after it is written, and the adventures on the way. Skeptics may struggle with the moments of lightness and …
Quick Tip by . December 02, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A RomCom that's definitely predictable but, manages to weave in interesting characters, an interesting story (I love the idea of people writing letters to Juliet and a group of women answering them), and gorgeous scenery. Overall, a perfect flick to add to your Netflix.
review by . June 10, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
It's amazing how movies work on people. "Letters to Juliet" is a contrived, mushy, predictable story of love and romance, and yet it thoroughly won me over. This is strange given the fact that I'm usually so critical of romances, especially if they're trying to be funny. But unlike the desperate comedy of films like "My Life in Ruins," "27 Dresses," and the newly released "The Back-Up Plan," this movie keeps its humor low key, reserving it for only such moments that it's actually needed. On the …
review by . September 22, 2010
Sweet romantic comedy.  Beautiful scenery and charming characters.  A young woman heads to Italy with her fiance.  A chance encounter with a group of Italian "Dear Abbys" leads her on an adventure of a lifetime. It was predictable, but that was okay... it's a feel-good fun time.
review by . May 14, 2010
Gary Winick's 2010 film "Letters to Juliet" contains all the right ingredients to make a fabulously lighthearted romantic comedy that should teach every lover's torch to burn bright. However, the overall combination of beautiful young stars, older, dignified stage and film veterans, captivating scenery and Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers does nothing synergistically other than create a rather bland just-under two hour fare.     The problem has nothing to do with the storyline; …
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The best Romantic movie I have seen in a while. Two thumbs way up.
review by . July 10, 2010
Sweet, simple and silly. If that's what you are looking for, then you should like Letters to Juliet. A couple of girlfriends and I enjoyed an afternoon in a cool theater on a hot day. The Italian countryside washed over us and that alone was worth the price of admission. Gorgeous scenery. The story is sweet as well. Romantics will love the lost letter and the search for love fifty years after it is written, and the adventures on the way. Skeptics may struggle with the moments of lightness and silliness …
Quick Tip by . June 17, 2010
Very cute movie and well written! You think you can predict what happens, but something keeps happening and you doubt yourself. A must see for chick-flick movie lovers (bring tissues though its a tear-jerker...in a romantic way).
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