Love Actually

November 14th, 2003








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Love Actually

Richard Curtis in Love ActuallyStill of Colin Firth and Lúcia Moniz in Love ActuallyStill of Andrew Lincoln in Love ActuallyStill of Keira Knightley and Andrew Lincoln in Love ActuallyStill of Elisha Cuthbert, Kris Marshall and Ivana Milicevic in Love ActuallyStill of Hugh Grant in Love Actually

Plot
Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 7.8/10 (144,756 voted)

Critic's Score: 55/100

Director: Richard Curtis

Stars: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson

Storyline
The characters are falling in love, falling out of love, some are with right people, some are with the wrong people, some are looking to have an affair, some are in the period of mourning; a capsule summary of reality. Love begins and love ends. They flirt a lot. They are all flirting with love. At all ages and social levels, love is the theme. Romantic love and brotherly love is the hotchpotch through out the movie. Most of the movie is filmed in London, during Christmas and the characters all ended up at Heathrow airport a very uplifting note.

Cast:
Bill Nighy - Billy Mack
Gregor Fisher - Joe
Rory MacGregor - Engineer
Colin Firth - Jamie Bennett
Sienna Guillory - Jamie's Girlfriend
Liam Neeson - Daniel
Emma Thompson - Karen
Lulu Popplewell - Daisy, her daughter
Kris Marshall - Colin Frissell
Heike Makatsch - Mia
Martin Freeman - John
Joanna Page - Just Judy
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Peter
Andrew Lincoln - Mark
Keira Knightley - Juliet

Taglines: Love actually is all around.



Details

Official Website: Universal [United States] |

Release Date: 14 November 2003

Filming Locations: Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône, France

Box Office Details

Budget: £30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $1,047,160 (Russia) (11 December 2003) (126 Screens)

Gross: $244,931,766 (Worldwide) (May 2004)



Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Canada: (Toronto International Film Festival)  | South Korea: (Asian Edition)



Did You Know?

Trivia:
When Juliet ('Keira Knightly') visits Mark (Andrew Lincoln) in his flat to view the footage he shot on her wedding day, a video copy of Hitchcock's Rear Window can be seen. One of the main themes in Rear Window is voyeurism or watching something or someone, and as we see that is exactly what Mark was doing to Juliet without her knowledge.

Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Sam is being chased by airport security, at the checkpoint, in some cuts a spring board can be seen for his leap over the guard.

Quotes:
Jamie: Er... Would you like the last, uh...?
Aurelia: [in Portuguese] Thank you very much, but no.
Jamie: No?
Aurelia: [in Portuguese] If you saw my sister, you'd understand why.
Jamie: That's all right, more for me.
Aurelia: [in Portuguese] Just don't go eating it all yourself, you're getting chubbier every day.
Jamie: I'm very lucky, I've got one of those constitutions where I never put on weight.



User Review

Surprisingly Enjoyable

Rating: 9/10

I hate romantic comedies. I detest them. You can list the actors I avoid watching: Hugh Grant, Sandra Bullock, Richard Gere, Julia Roberts. Romantic comedies make me cringe and I avoid them like the plague so you can imagine the foul mood I was in when I was forced to watch this film.

And the introductory voice-over by Hugh Grant as we watch an airport full of people hugging made me want to commit an act of violence - either against the people who forced me to watch this film or against myself just to end the torture.

Then the most unbelievably shocking thing happened. Bill Nighy and Gregor Fischer came on screen, mocking one of the most hated love songs in Britain, "Love is all Around" and I found myself getting sucked into the film.

By the time I reached the end of the film I found myself facing the impossible, there was one romantic comedy out there that genuinely is a comedy and actually likeable. No-one was more shocked than I.

Many different kinds of love are covered (although not all kinds), there's 8 storylines and the biggest cast list I've seen in a long time. Somehow, it works. You'd think it wouldn't, I know I certainly didn't.

If you're looking for a full-length story, this is not the film for you. It snap-shots the important events leading to the resolution of the couples involved, nothing more. If you want a classic romantic film, this might not be the film for you. This is funnier than most straight comedies I've seen in recent times, however (I'm just as harsh a critic of comedy films as I am of romantic films).

It's not trying to be the meaning of life, it's not trying to look at the big picture. In fact, it's only trying to do one thing, and that's say positive feelings crop up in the most unexpected places or are more prevalent than people think. One of the storylines, one that is cited constantly in reviews as one of the failed storylines with a sad ending is actually bittersweet. It doesn't end with failure but the failure of one type of love in favour of a different kind.

This film isn't perfect, I'll never find the perfect romantic-comedy because I hate the genre so much, for example, one of the storylines did annoy me intensely and yet ironically still made me laugh in places. However, the flaws in the film are vastly outweighed by positives. It's superficially complicated but is really a very simple film. It makes a statement: "love actually is all around" then shows why it makes that statement and doesn't attempt to do or be anything else.

And like the fact it covers different kinds of love, it covers different attitudes and portrayals of it - so a couple are realistic, a couple are classic fantasy, a couple are pure comedy and a couple are pure rom-com tradition.

I have seen no reviewer give this film a middle-of-the-road review, and I've read many reviews. I think, in the end, Love Actually is up to the individual. It's like Marmite. You either love it or you hate it.

Speaking as a cynical, misanthropic, Marmite-hating, Romantic-Comedy hating member of the human race, I actually liked Love Actually.




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