The film is based on the compilation of missives that lovelorn people all over the world have written to storied star-crossed lover Juliet Capulet. The letters find their way to Verona, Italy. Book explains who are the volunteers who’ve been answering the missives for 70 years.
This isn’t the perfect family movie for those twelve and older, but it does stay within our Dove guidelines. There are a couple of innuendos in the film and a few slang expressions used, but for the most part the content is safe. Vanessa Redgrave winds up as possibly the most engaging character in the film, playing an elderly woman named Claire who longs to find her long lost first love, Lorenzo. When she and her grandson meet Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), who read Claire’s letter at the Juliet wall in Italy, she offers to help her find Lorenzo. The joke becomes the fact that other men named Lorenzo are willing to step up and be the man Claire is searching for!
Sophie finds some unexpected romance with Claire’s grandson Charlie (Christopher Egan) and soon has to make a choice as her fiancé’ is so occupied with his job that he hasn’t had time for her.
The movie does offer a few laughs but is a bit slow in spots. Still, it is nice to be able to recommend “Letters to Juliet” for audience members twelve and older. This film will particularly appeal to women and girls but take your boyfriends and husbands along. You will have a nice little time at the movies. We award this film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for twelve plus.