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Love Actually (2003)

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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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

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All You Need Is Love See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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14 November 2003 (USA)  »

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Love Actually Is All Around  »

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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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Trivia

From the DVD audio commentary, Richard Curtis said that the Mark's (Andrew Lincoln) homemade video montage showing only close-ups of Juliet (Keira Knightley) from her wedding day was inspired by the end of movie 'Cinema Paradiso' where the main character made a montage of all the kissing scenes that had previously been censored out from all the films that were shown in the Cinema Paradiso. See more »

Goofs

When Sam is being chased by airport security, at the checkpoint, in some cuts a spring board can be seen for his leap over the guard. 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

The list of the cast in the opening credits are arranged alphabetically according to their first name. See more »

Connections

Featured in Great Movie Mistakes 2: The Sequel (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Me as I Am
(2003)
By Wyclef Jean (as Jean) / Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis (as Duplessis) / Sharissa (as Dawes)
Performed by Wyclef Jean featuring Sharissa
Courtesy of Clef Records and J Records
Sharissa appears courtesy of Henchman Entertainment/ Czar Enterntainment
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A deeply loving film rich in character
28 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

It has been a long time since I have seen a movie so rich in character that I did not want it to end. Love Actually is not a love story, it is a story about love. Love that reinvents itself, multiplies itself, opens itself up, and even devastates.

I am sure the film has its critics who say it drips in buttery corn. But when you are able to retreat inward and let it take you over, it is impossible not to feel. It is a rare treat - a film that makes you feel. During the process I was sad and happy and relieved. I was turned on, turned off, dizzy and grounded.

I was in love one time and it reminded me of that. The power of cinema can be that amazing, it can be that intense. The title of the movie is, perhaps, meant to confuse. Yet I believe it is designed to ask. Love Actually is ... what?

Is it lust? Or a deep appreciation of the past? Can it be conquered by language or political barriers? Race? Infidelity? Age? Can it be all of the above plus more? Maybe a mingling of several?

It is rare for a film of great acting to be married to a terrific script. Yet it is something else for it to speak right to the audience; not talk at them, not try to sell them a film. Let them experience the film. Let it wash over them little by little until there is nothing more of them left.

**** (A)


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