Love Actually

  • 15
  • Richard Curtis (2003)
  • UK / US / Fr
  • 129 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Richard Curtis, writer of Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill, makes his directorial debut with this sentimental ensemble romantic comedy featuring Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Laura Linney and Keira Knightley. In London, during the weeks leading up to Christmas, people from various walks of life suffer the emotional highs and lows of being in love.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Richard Curtis

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
UIP
Guidance: 
Swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 21 Nov 2003
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy

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