Film rights to The Rosie Project — Australian Graeme Simsion’s witty 2013 best-seller about a clueless professor searching for a wife — were snapped up by Sony Pictures even before the book’s U.S. publication. For his encore, The Rosie Effect, Simsion could easily have lapsed into movie-sequel mode and dished up flavorless seconds. Instead, he has written another romantic comedy that’s just as smart, funny and heartwarming as the original.
The Rosie Project was narrated by a socially awkward geneticist named Don Tillman, who fell in love with Rosie Jarman while helping her locate her biological father. In The Rosie Effect, Don and Rosie are married and living in New York, where he’s a professor and she’s a medical student.