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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
) is an unashamedly saccharine proposition. Curtis's opening assertion in his debut behind the camera is that, in these cynical times, "love actually
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.
Cast & Crew
David, the Prime Minister
The US President
Billy Bob Thornton
Carla, the real friendly one
Harriet, the sexy one
Radio Watford DJ
Swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
video, DVD and Blu-ray
21 Nov 2003
Full Episode Guide
Did you spot the Love Actually reference in the Upstart Crow Christmas special?
With Emma Thompson in the cast of A Christmas Crow as Elizabeth I, writer Ben Elton couldn’t resist referencing her Love Actually character Karen
Where can I watch Love Actually online this Christmas?
Martine McCutcheon talks Love Actually, her new album and Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Love Actually's Laura Linney finally gets the romantic ending she deserves in US Red Nose Day sequel
Laura Linney returns to Love Actually in trailer for US Red Nose Day sequel
Kris Marshall's final Death in Paradise scene is very Love Actually
Patrick Dempsey will appear with Laura Linney in the US Love Actually sequel
Andrew Lincoln was worried about playing a "creepy stalker" in Love Actually
Red Nose Day Actually recap: What happened to Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy and the rest of the Love Actually cast?
Rowan Atkinson is bringing back Mr Bean!
Richard Curtis on Alan Rickman, Red Nose Day, and reuniting the cast of Love Actually
Richard Curtis reveals the Love Actually storylines he left out