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Love Actually (2003)

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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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Richard Curtis

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Richard Curtis
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 10 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Nighy ... Billy Mack
Gregor Fisher ... Joe
Rory MacGregor Rory MacGregor ... Engineer
Colin Firth ... Jamie
Sienna Guillory ... Jamie's Girlfriend
Liam Neeson ... Daniel
Emma Thompson ... Karen
Lulu Popplewell 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
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Coming soon actually. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Universal [United States]

Country:

UK | USA | France

Language:

English | Portuguese | French

Release Date:

14 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Actually Is All Around See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,886,080, 7 November 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$59,696,144

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$246,942,017
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Sound Mix:

DTS (as dts)| Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There are three actors in this film that played Sherlock Holmes' sidekick Dr. Watson. Martin Freeman (John the x-rated stand in) in Sherlock (2010), Edward Hardwicke ( Liam Neeson's father-in-law in the funeral scene) in BBC's The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Peter, Juliet's husband and Mark's friend) in Sherlock Gnomes (2018). See more »

Goofs

When Jamie revisits Aurelia, a Marseillaise cab can be seen at the airport, yet everyone in the city seems to understand Portuguese. This can be explained, however, by a large Portuguese community in Marseilles, who live in a common area and would be the ones who understood the language. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Prime Minister: Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none...
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Crazy Credits

Harriet, the sexy one - Shannon Elizabeth See more »

Alternate Versions

Asian releases (except for Japan and The Philippines) of the film remove the John and Judy subplot. See more »


Soundtracks

Christmas Is All Around
(2003)
By Reg Presley (as Presley)
Performed by Bill Nighy
Courtesy of Universal Pictures Music
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Misogynistic, actually. Smarmy too
8 October 2005 | by JackieBluSee all my reviews

Well now I know it's true. And I'm sad about it. British people aren't smarter or funnier than Americans. Although a higher percentage of them might be able to spell the word "p...a...n...d...e...r".

But who were they trying to pander to? It really ticks me off to market a film as a "women's movie" when every female character over 30 ends up sad, alone, or dead.

Where to begin: Well, the Liam Niessen story was unseemly. An eleven year old boy's mother has just died, and he's left alone with his step dad, and the boy's biggest concern is "falling in love" with a classmate? I know life goes on and all that, but honestly, life doesn't go on in this way, and I don't find the practice of projecting adult thoughts into eleven year old bodies humorous or poignant.

And the bereaved husband, who is so torn up about losing his perfect wife that he can't complete her eulogy, ends the movie by falling in love with Claudia Schiffer. Perhaps this is realistic, if your wife dies, you should expect to end up with a Claudia Schiffer supermodel or her look-alike. But I don't find it charming. I find it smarmy.

And Colin Firth (40 something) is going to meet and fall in love with a beautiful Portugese cleaning woman (20 something) with whom he's never had a conversation, but first, the filmmakers have to get rid of his wife, while turning Firth into a "sympathetic" victim.

How will the filmmakers get rid of his wife so he can fall in love with a much younger woman without the audience realizing he's really just a cad? They accomplish this by having Colin Firth's British wife sleep around on him for no apparent reason in a really callous way. Then she leaves him and he's so so depressed, for about a week. He wonders why all the women he marries betray him. Perhaps, I thought to myself, it's because he falls in love with women who don't speak English and marries them?

I confess I found the actress who plays the cleaning woman to be the most charismatic in the movie. And if the rest of the movie wasn't so godawful, I might have let this storyline pass, but then, the filmmakers have to stick in cheap shots at her oh so comically peasant-like father and her horrible fat sister. Incredibly, the fat girl's own father seems to hate her, and the filmmaker seems to expect the audience to sympathize with him while he is nasty to her. Wonderful chick flick, huh?. Clearly, Love is All Around.

And Keira Knightley is so beautiful and she's all of 19 or something and she's going to marry a black man who is perfect and handsome and rich and completely incidental to the storyline. In fact, the perfect black man isn't important at all, except to signify that Keira Knightley is funky and liberal and has something to her besides her looks. Because we neither know nor care about anything else about her. She's young, she's beautiful, she has an overbite, she's going to be married. She might as well be Elizabeth Taylor in Father of the Bride.

Laura Linney's story is actually touching. And she acts it well. She's got to care for her brother, who's mentally ill. But he lives in a HOME! Why should this prevent her from having a relationship? Probably, because she's over 30. Again, if this were the only story about a 30 something woman ending up alone, through her own fault, I'd buy it. But it's the confluence of all these anti-women story lines that I just can't take.

Poor Emma Thomson and Alan Rickman work to save this movie. It's not unrealistic to think of an older bossman bonking the young female help. I don't mind this storyline, but...again...it's a little hard to see the witty and wise Emma ending up in a compromise of a marriage, while Liam Niesan's character ends up with Claudia Schiffer.

Bill Nighy does best with his role as a star performer who puts out a cheesy single, promotes it shamelessly, and has the grace to prove his loyalty to his manager, rather than going out to a fashionable party. Good thing his manager was a fat 40 something man instead of a slim 30 something female, or he'd have been left alone in the cold too.

I am a fan of Four Weddings and a Funeral despite the fact that Andie MacDowell couldn't keep up with the British cast, but with this new effort I am officially giving up on light British "romantic" comedies. I prefer the boys in the American Pie series to the cads in this movie, and the caddish screenwriters and producers who dared to market this film as a feel good fantasy for women.


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