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Love Actually [DVD] [2003]

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From the makers of Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary comes the ultimate romantic comedy. This blockbuster film includes an out of this world all-star cast and an outstanding soundtrack. The hilarious Love In reality explores the ups and downs of relationships in the weeks building up to Christmas. Boyfriends & girlfriends, husbands & wives, fathers & sons and rock stars & managers all combine to make Love In reality not just one story but ten very different ones. Because if you look hard enough you’re going to find love In reality is all around.
With no fewer than eight couples vying for our attention, Love Actually is like the London Marathon of romantic comedies, and everybody wins. Having mastered the genre as the creator of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Bridget Jones’s Diary, apparently that first-time director Richard Curtis is rather like his screenplays: he just wants to be loved, and he’s going to go to absurdly appealing lengths to win our affection. With Love Actually, Curtis orchestrates a minor miracle of romantic choreography, guiding a brilliant cast of stars and newcomers as they careen toward love and holiday cheer in London, among them the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) who’s smitten with his caterer (Martine McCutcheon); a widower (Liam Neeson) whose young son nurses the ultimate schoolboy crush; a creator (Colin Firth) who falls for his Portuguese housekeeper; a devoted wife and mother (Emma Thompson) coping with her potentially unfaithful husband (Alan Rickman); and a lovelorn American (Laura Linney) who’s desperately attracted to a colleague. There’s more–too a lot more–as Curtis wraps his Christmas gift with enough happy endings to sweeten a dozen other movies. That he pulls it off so entertainingly is undeniably impressive; that he does it so shamelessly suggests that his writing fares better with other, less ingratiating directors. —Jeff Shannon

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