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Love Actually

Love Actually

Richard Curtis (2003)

15 Certificate


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.


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

Harry Alan Rickman
Billy Mack Bill Nighy
Jamie Colin Firth
Karen Emma Thompson
David, the Prime Minister Hugh Grant
Sarah Laura Linney
Daniel Liam Neeson
Natalie Martine McCutcheon
Juliet Keira Knightley
Rufus Rowan Atkinson
Mark Andrew Lincoln
The US President Billy Bob Thornton
Just Judy Joanna Page
Colin Frissell Kris Marshall
Aurelia Barros Lucia Moniz
John Martin Freeman
Sam Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Carol Claudia Schiffer
Carla, the real friendly one Denise Richards
Harriet, the sexy one Shannon Elizabeth
Joe Gregor Fisher
Peter Chiwetel Ejiofor
Radio Watford DJ Brian Bovell
Mikey Marcus Brigstocke
Ant Anthony McPartlin
Dec Declan Donnelly
Parky Michael Parkinson
Carol-Anne Elisha Cuthbert
Director Richard Curtis
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: UIP Guidance: Swearing, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 21 Nov 2003


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