Letters to Juliet is a 2010 romantic drama starring Amanda Seyfried and Chris Egan, Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero. It is the tale of Sophie, a young American who travels to the city of Verona, on a "pre-honeymoon" with her fiance Victor. Verona was the home of Juliet Capulet of Romeo and Juliet fame, and due to a series of distractions and divisions, Sophie ends up joining a group of volunteers who respond to letters to Juliet seeking advice about love while her fiance drives round northern Italy looking at mushrooms and cheeses.
One letter dated 1957 falls out from behind a brick and describes how a young British girl, Claire, left her lover, Lorenzo Bartolini, waiting under their tree and went back to England. Sophie replies to Claire which inspires Claire to travel to Italy in search of her long-lost love (dragging along her grandson Charlie). The three of them set off on a trip round Tuscany to find all the men named Lorenzo Bartollini. She will know the right one by his eyes. Sophie hopes to write an article on it for her magazine and earn a promotion to writer as she is only a fact-checker. But of course, things are going to change on the trip.
(This was director Gary Winick's final film before his early demise at 49.)
Tropes in this film include:
- Actor Allusion: Amanda Seyfried as Sophie. She was Sophie on Mamma Mia!.
- Alphabetical Theme Naming: Claire and her grandson Charlie.
- Based on a True Story: The Secretaries of Juliet are real and paid by the city of Verona.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Part of the reason Charlie has to travel with his grandmother is that both his parents died in a car crash before the movie.
- Deadpan Snarker: Charlie is very sarcastic. An example: Claire describes picnicking in the dirt:Sophie: That's so romantic.
Charlie: What's romantic about eating in the dirt?
- Everyone Can See It: During the wedding of Claire and Lorenzo, Sophie leaves, thinking that it was too late to be with Charlie. As he follows her, some people at the party smile approvingly.
- Intimate Hair Brushing: Claire brushes Sophie's hair. As Sophie never knew her mother, this shows that Claire has taken on that role for Sophie.
- Missing Mom: Sophie's mother left her father and her.
- My Greatest Second Chance: The main plot of the film is to see if Claire and Lorenzo still have a second chance in love. They do.
- One Steve Limit: Averted as there are at least a dozen Lorenzo Bartolinis and the two Patricias cause confusion to Sophie.
- Overprotective Dad: Inverted with Charlie who doesn't want to see his grandmother hurt again by a man that may or may not still be alive.
- Parental Abandonment: Charlie's parents died in a car accident when he was ten.
- Poor Communication Kills: If Charlie had said "This is Patricia, my cousin, it would have saved Sophie some grief.
- Raised by Grandparents: Charlie was raised by his grandmother after his parents had died.
- Relative Error: The Patricia at the wedding wasn't Charlie's ex-girlfriend, but his cousin.
- Scenery Porn: Gorgeous langscape. A review described it as an advert for the Tuscan tourist board.
- Trailers Always Spoil: Anybody who has seen the trailer probably doesn't need to see the movie. It gives away the plot and the love pairings.