Love Actually

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Released 2003

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Director:
Richard Curtis
Released:
2003
Rating:
R
Love Actually is a British romantic comedy from the makers of Notting Hill and Bridget Jones' Diary, directed by Richard Curits, that earned as much success for its soundtrack as it did for its ensemble cast and heartwarming Christmas-set story. The film intertwines several love stories, mostly based in current London during the holiday season. Early on we are introduced to rock star Billy Mack (Bill Nighy), whose Christmas single “Christmas is all around” sets the scene for many of the other character’s stories. Juliet (Kiera Knightly) and Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) are a couple wed in a ceremony videotaped by Peter’s best man Mark (Andrew Lincoln), whose footage reveals to Juliet, with whom he has never gotten along, that his rude behavior was a cover for his feelings for her. On Christmas Eve he shows up at their door and shows her a sign that says “to me, you are perfect.” Writer Jamie (Colin Firth) is shown preparing to attend the wedding, after which he finds his girlfriend in a compromising position with his brother, leading to his escape to his French cottage where despite a language barrier, he develops a relationship with Portugese housekeeper Aurelia (Lucia Moniz). Other plot lines include newly elected British Prime Minister David (High Grant) and his relationship with Natalie (Martine McCutcheon), Karen (Emma Thompson) and her suspicion of her husband Harry (Alan Rickman) having an affair with coworker Mia (Heike Makatch), and Daniel (Karen’s friend, played by Liam Neeson), and the struggle for him and his son Sam (Thomas Sangster) to deal with the loss of his wife. Also starring Laura Linney, Rodrigo Santoro, Rowan Atkinson, Olivia Olson, and Joanna Page in further connected stories of love and relationships.moreless

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  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A roundly entertaining romantic comedy, Love Actually is still nearly as cloying as it is funny…its cheeky wit, impossibly attractive cast and sure-handed professionalism are begu...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Though it would be dishonest to call this an unqualified success, it would be churlish not to tip the hat to Love Actually's genuine charm.

  • 20

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    A patchwork of contrived naughtiness and forced pathos...The loose ends are neatly tied up, as they are when you seal a bag of garbage -- or if you prefer, rubbish.

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Comedy, Drama

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love triangle, single parent, unrequited love, relationship woes, infidelity