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Dear Frankie

This deftly executed UK weeper introduces us to a single mother (Emily Mortimer from Lovely & Amazing) who "protects" her deaf young son by writing letters to little Frankie in the guise of his long-lost father (who allegedly works on a tramp steamer). When Frankie figures out that his dad's boat is supposed to dock in their Scottish town, mom has to do some quick thinking. She hires a handsome stranger (The Phantom of the Opera's Gerard Butler) to "play" the role of Frankie's dad for a day or two. It ain't hard to figure out where this tearjerking romance is headed, but the film steers clear of mawkish melodrama with a combination of fine acting, subtle direction and gritty setting. 104 minutes PG-13.