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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
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