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Love Actually (2003)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  14 November 2003 (USA)
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Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.



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Against the backdrop of aged has-been rock star Billy Mack's Christmas themed comeback cover of "Love Is All Around" which he knows is crap and makes no bones about it much to his manager Joe's chagrin as he promotes the record, several interrelated stories about romantic love and the obstacles to happiness through love for Londoners are presented in the five weeks preceding Christmas. Daniel's wife has just passed away, leaving him to take care of his adolescent stepson Sam by himself. Daniel is uncertain how to deal with Sam and his problems without his wife present, especially in light of a potential budding romance within their household. Juliet and Peter have just gotten married. They believe that Peter's best friend and best man Mark hates Juliet but won't say so to his or her face. Others looking at the situation from the outside believe Mark is jealous of Juliet as he is in love with Peter himself. Jamie, a writer, is taking a writing retreat by himself in rural France ... Written by Huggo

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The ultimate romantic comedy. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Love Actually Is All Around  »

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,886,080 (USA) (7 November 2003)


$5,010,288 (Japan) (5 March 2004)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Karen refers to David as her big brother, Emma Thompson is actually seventeen months older than Hugh Grant. See more »


In the "Wisconsin" scene where Colin meets the American girls and Carol-Anne walks in, you can see a British style light switch near the door. See more »


Colin: I'm on Shag Highway heading West!
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Jeannie, American Angel - January Jones See more »


Referenced in Shameless: Drugs Actually (2015) See more »


Silent Night
Music by Franz Gruber (uncredited)
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr (uncredited)
Performed by Pre Teens
Courtesy of Pickwick Group Ltd
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Clever and delightful, actually.
19 December 2004 | by (Albuquerque, United States) – See all my reviews

This was a lovely script, and I was surprised I hadn't heard much about this movie before I caught it on HBO. I turned it on to keep myself company while working and ended up glued to the screen. I really enjoyed it.

The movie is a series of vignettes about several different people that seemingly have no connection to one another, although by the end the connections are finally all present and accounted for. There's a fair amount of subtle satire and a generous portion of irony; the characters are quite human and often don't do the right thing. I was caught off-guard by the incredibly successful results of the trip to America, but I laughed pretty hard and decided I wouldn't have written the script any other way. Not everyone ends up getting what they want, but then again that's love, er, actually. Nice little film.

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