DVD: Love Actually – (2003)

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DVD: Love Actually - (2003) Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Release Date: 2006-05-23 Duration: 135 Min D...

DVD: Love Actually – (2003)

DVD: Love Actually - (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance,
Release Date: 2006-05-23
Duration: 135 Min

  • Richard Curtis

`Love Actually,’ a romantic comedy, is a series of love stories of several people from the Prime Minister to a rock star, an actor stand-in, a housemaid, and others. It takes place in England and France during the Christmas season. Hugh Grant plays the unmarried Prime Minister of the UK, who falls in love with Martine McCutcheon. All of the love stories show the serious and foolish sides of love. Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)


There was an octopus at the nativity? AND a lobster? Little boy falls in love with a little girl and becomes a rock drummer. Writer falls in love with his maid and doesn’t care when his book gets ruined. The Prime Minister tells off the President of the US and then falls in love with a member of his staff. A British nerd “with a big knob” finds out what an accent will do for you in the States. Love, actually is, all around, but sometimes love doesn’t work out.


Hugh Grant

Martine McCutcheon

Liam Neeson

Laura Linney


3 responses to “DVD: Love Actually – (2003)”

  1. M. Hind "daria_m" says:
    265 of 288 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    “Love actually is all around…”, November 19, 2003
    M. Hind “daria_m” (Houston, Texas United States) – (REAL NAME)

    “Love Actually” is just the right mix of romantic comedy and drama to leave you with that warm, fuzzy feeling as you leave the theatre. It’s an ideal Christmas movie for moms and dads who want to see something else while the kids venture into more PG films.

    Writer/director Richard Curtis enlists a plethora of some of the finest British actors (and a few noteworthy Americans) to tell several different love stories. While it seems that there may be a few too many characters at first, the overall flow of the film allows the viewer to keep track quite easily. The cast is led by the ever-so-charming Hugh Grant as the British Prime Minister. While some critics have called this casting unbelievable, Grant actually pulls it off by portraying a more human, but yet stronger PM that we would all love to have leading us. His dance to the Pointer Sisters’ “Jump for My Love” borders a bit on ridiculous, but it is nevertheless fun to watch. In the film, the PM is caught between leading his country with a clear head, or giving in to his feelings of attraction to his tea server Natalie (played by musical actress Martine McCutcheon).

    And then there’s Emma Thompson, who plays Karen, sister to Grant’s PM and a long-married devoted mother. She suspects that her husband Harry (Alan Rickman) may be cheating with a sexy co-worker. Her performance, simply put, is a revelation. The scene where she is in her bedroom is an example of phenominal acting. Hollywood Foreign Press and Academy members: please take notice!

    Another strong performance award goes to Bill Nighy, who provides most of the film’s comic relief as aging rock star Billy Mack. He puts out a cheesy Christmas record and then publicly bashes it. But in classic Hollywood ending style, he does have an epiphany and realizes his wild musician life has been missing true affection.

    Liam Neeson shines as widower Daniel who tries to help his young stepson win the heart of a popular school crush. Equally sweet is Colin Firth as Jamie, a man recovering from a broken relationship in France who falls for his monolingual Portuguese maid. You know what? This film is such an abundance of great performances that I will run out of space discussing them all! Everybody shines! My only cast complaint is that Rowan Atkinson should have been given more screen time.

    What I also love about “Love Actually” is that Curtis doesn’t, if you’ll pardon the pun, wrap up each story in a happy little Christmas package. There are a few sad, realistic moments, particularly in the Karen/Harry subplot and in Laura Linney’s turn as Sarah, an assistant who has waited so long to be with the man she loves. She realizes, in some of the film’s key dramatic instances, that family matters are getting in the way.

    All in all, Curtis has struck gold again, in tradition of movies like “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Bridget Jones’ Diary.” Yeah, some of the love stories may be a little far-fetched, but aren’t they all in fantasy movie world? What matters is that they are sweet and not without their share of obstacles. This film is a nice departure from some of the more disturbing violent films as of late. But be warned: it is a little more adult than most other comedies in theatres. The innuendos, language, and nudity earn the R-rating. So see it without the young kids, but do enjoy.

  2. Tucker Andersen says:
    153 of 191 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    (4+) Actually Quite Entertaining but Definitely Deserves “R”, November 12, 2003
    Tucker Andersen (Wall Street) – (VINE VOICE)

    My rating is based on my enjoyment of this film. It has both major strengths and serious weaknesses, and as other reviews indicate has fostered very strong reactions, both positive and negative. Its format is somewhat disconcerting if you are not prepared for the methodology of the director. It contains nudity, profanity, sexual situations, and several situations that are very suggestive and some moviegoers may consider to border on the obscene. However, the situations that some people may consider offensive actually serve a purpose in developing the overall theme of the film.

    Love, in all its manifestations – wonder, joy, pain, happiness, passion, grief… is the theme of the film. A very talented ensemble cast is utilized to tell several somewhat interrelated stories concerning the emotional lives of the various characters. The cast includes Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Laura Linney, Kiera Knightley and Alan Rickman. There are also telling cameos by Billy Bob Thornton and Rowan Atkinson. There is one other essential element of the story, it begins five weeks from Christmas and there are several aspects of the various vignettes where the seasonal aspect is a crucial element.

    One of the more interesting and complex stories involves Liam Neeson and his young stepson preparing for the funeral of his wife, which has been moving scripted by her prior to her death. As he subsequently tries to deal with his grief, he is worried about the fact that the boy is isolating himself in his room. He is surprised to discover that while his son is disconsolate at the loss of his mother, more importantly he is heartsick over his unrequited love for a girl with whom he attends school. As they concentrate on his son’s dilemma and develop a plan to attract her attention, the dialog ranges from comic to quite profound. And, as the movie progresses to the time of the school Christmas pageant their story gradually becomes interwoven with several of the others. Some of the most hilarious segments are in another thread of the movie involving Bill Nighy as a washed up pop singer trying to recycle one of his old love songs as a Christmas record. He effectively caricatures the dissolute rockers who abused their bodies for too long with drugs, booze and sex. Yet in the end, the alternate humor and pathos of his situation are resolved in a very effective and quite emotional scene. In yet another thread, a scene with Emma Thompson listening to a Joni Mitchell recording and thinking about the “both sides” of her life and love is a real tearjerker.

    So this is a roller coaster of laughs and cheap humor combined with real insights about love and the pain that it can cause. If you aren’t living in a bubble, you will probably relate to the experiences of at least one of the characters to some degree and knowingly nod in recognition of the similarities of others to people that you know. It is arguable whether the message of the film would be better conveyed with a fewer number of stories examined in somewhat more depth, but I think the result is quite powerful. Lives which seem only tangentially connected turn out to have a profound influence on others, and we really feel that we have come to understand the characters that we have been watching.

    My first difficulty with the movie is that the complexity of developing so many stories means that it is well over two hours long (with the previews and unconscionable ads we were in the theater for well over two hours). Second, the audience is introduced to a very large number of characters during a very short period of time, since all the stories are interspersed sequentially as the movie proceeds toward Christmas Day. Very few individual segments until the finale are more than three or four minutes in length. However, the disorientation that I felt at first from the constant scene shifts was offset by the fact that this technique was successful in keeping the audience very interested; the film actually seemed shorter than it was because of the constant action. So, it was fun while actually conveying a message at the same time. I also want to see it again, since this is the type of movie that I often enjoy more during subsequent viewings. I find that once I know the basic story line and the relationship of the various characters, I can then pay attention to a lot of the details that went were difficult to appreciate because there was so much constantly happening during the film. (In fact, as I was thinking about the film prior to writing this review a few such instances came to mind.) So, go see this film when you have time to relax and want to laugh and contemplate life for a few hours.

    Tucker Andersen

  3. Amanda Richards says:
    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The Perfect Stocking Stuffer, November 17, 2004
    Amanda Richards (Georgetown, Guyana) – (VINE VOICE)
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

    This review is from: Love Actually (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)

    This is the perfect Christmas gift to get any member of the group of free-loading moochers you call your friends. It’s the perfect excuse to have a movie night at THEIR house, and make them ante up some wine, cheese, grapes and lots of chocolate, then hunker down for an evening of cornball romantic comedy with a difference. Chances are, with Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson and Alan Rickman on show, you won’t even notice that the storyline is hardly Pulitzer Prize material, but you do stand the chance of busting a seam when Hugh does his Footloose/Saturday Night Fever/Risky Business impression at Lot 10 Downing Street, and Bill Nighy makes like Robert Palmer for a video shoot of the worst ever chart topping Christmas song. There’s also the incomparable Rowan Atkinson, making like Mr.Bean at appropriately inopportune moments. In case you think it’s all about the guys (it is – but one can’t take sides) there’s a brilliant performance by Emma Thompson, and also Laura Linney, who has the worst cell phone ring tone ever invented. Keira Knightley is more “Bend It Like Beckham” than “Pirates of the Caribbean” in this one, feigning wide open surprise a little too often. She’s cute though, even if I always get her mixed up with Natalie Portman, the Amidala girl. There are enough love stories and love disasters here to sink a luxury liner – and yes, there are “Titanic” references too. Even though the couples are for the most part separate little stories, there’s a connection running through the movie that really ties them all together. The music is great, the movie is funny, and your friends will have to entertain you at their expense – what more could you ask from a movie? Did I mention it has Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson and Alan Rickman? Amanda Richards, November 17, 2004

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