Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive and ladies' man who, to win a big campaign, bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Andie Anderson covers the "How To" beat for "Composure" magazine and is assigned to write an article on "How to Lose a Guy in 10 days." They meet in a bar shortly after the bet is made.
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
In the scene after Sarah leaves Harry's office following their conversation about her feelings for coworker Karl, two clocks can be seen on the wall showing the time in New York and Brazil. Laura Linney (Sarah) is from New York and Rodrigo Santoro (Karl) is from Brazil. See more »
At the recording studio, Bill is shown in one shot singing directly into the mic. In the next shot, he is standing about a foot above the mic. Not only is this a continuity error, but he also shouldn't have been that far from the microphone to be recording properly. See more »
I only watched this film because it was the in-flight movie on a long trip to South Africa, and I have a fear of flying. I tried to use it take my mind off the terror. I have never had to use the sick bag on an airliner before, but I very nearly did here, on account of this overwhelmingly schmaltzy, vomit-inducing, more awful than awful, drivel. I don't know what has happened to Richard Curtis. Once upon a time he was one half of the writing team that brought us the brilliant, the very clever and imaginative BlackAdder series. And now he appears only able to produce harmless, clichéd, politically correct humdrum stuff, vaguely funny if you've been hiding in a hole for the last 80 years.
This is the man who has brought us such not-funny turkeys as Mr. Bean and The Vicar of Dibley. And now he's gone a step further backwards and written and directed something that is so sentimental, so nice and cuddly that it's downright offensive! It insults it's audience, especially when they are forced to watch it in a metal tube 20,000 feet in the air.
Bill Nighy plays a mature rock star who uses expletives a lot. That's an example of the highly intellectual comedic content. That's funny? Then there's the nonsense. Stuff that has no roots in the real world, no link with an intelligent audience. For instance there's a pre-teen kid, who's supposedly in love. We're supposed to believe in him? We're supposed to care about the deluded little tyke? Then there's a Prime Minister, who's attractive, single, and a really nice guy!! Ahhh, how lovely! Arrgghh, I can't stand it! Open the doors! Let me out!
Get me away from this unbelievable Schmaltz!
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