Love Actually

Love Actually

Richard Curtis (2003)

129min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
So drenched in upbeat sentiment that it makes Frank Capra seem emotionally reserved, this ensemble romantic comedy from writer Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill) is an unashamedly saccharine proposition. Curtis's opening assertion in his debut behind the camera is that, in these cynical times, "love actually is all around", and to illustrate this he unfurls nine ongoing stories, headed by Hugh Grant's new Prime Minister falling for junior staff member Martine McCutcheon, and writer Colin Firth enchanted by his Portuguese housekeeper (Lucia Moniz). Boasting an attractive cast that includes Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson and Keira Knightley, this deliberately commercial Christmas package may be guilty of spreading its acting talent a bit thin, but even the most cynical of hearts couldn't fail to be lifted by the charm of the characters and their romantic dilemmas. Aside from all the hearts and flowers, though, it's Bill Nighy's uproarious turn as an over-the-hill rocker promoting a novelty record that really delivers the laughs.

Summary

Ten interlinked stories of people searching for and finding love. While the newly elected, bachelor British prime minister is smitten by a junior staff member at 10 Downing Street, a heartbroken writer heads for France to get over a failed relationship, and a faded rock star aims to reinvent himself in time for Christmas. Richard Curtis's romantic comedy, with Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy and Liam Neeson.

Cast & Crew

David, the Prime Minister Hugh Grant
Natalie Martine McCutcheon
Karen Emma Thompson
Harry Alan Rickman
Jamie Colin Firth
Billy Mack Bill Nighy
Daniel Liam Neeson
Mark Andrew Lincoln
John Martin Freeman
Sarah Laura Linney
Juliet Keira Knightley
Rufus Rowan Atkinson
Colin Frissell Kris Marshall
The US President Billy Bob Thornton
Carol Claudia Schiffer
Just Judy Joanna Page
Sam's grandmother Caroline John
Director Richard Curtis
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes and nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Nov 2003
Comedy