Love Actually

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A sugary tale overstuffed with too many stories. Still, the cast charms.

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All of London is in love -- or longing to be -- in Four Weddings and a Funeral writer Richard Curtis' first directorial effort. Billed as "the ultimate romantic comedy," Love Actually involves more than a dozen main characters, each weaving his or her way into another's heart over the course of one particularly eventful Christmas. The seemingly perfect wedding of Juliet (Keira Knightley) and Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) brings many of the principals together, including heartsick best man Mark (Andrew Lincoln), who harbors a very unrequited crush on Juliet. There's also recent widower Daniel (Liam Neeson), trying to help his lonely stepson Sam (Thomas Sangster) express his true feelings to a classmate. Across town, devoted working mother Karen (Emma Thompson) tries to rekindle the passion of her husband, Harry (Alan Rickman), who secretly pines for a young colleague of his. In the same office, the lonely Sarah (Laura Linney) not-so-secretly pines for a man just a few desks away (Rodrigo Santoro), who returns her affections but may not be able to dissuade her neuroses. Providing the unofficial soundtrack for all of the couples is an aging rocker (Bill Nighy) who just wants to cash in and get laid -- but even he might find a meaningful relationship in the most unlikely of places. A working print of Love Actually premiered at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

Cast

Bill Nighy
as Billy Mack
Hugh Grant
as Prime Minister
Billy Bob Thornton
as President of the United States of America
Kris Marshall
as Colin Frissell
Sienna Guillory
as Jamie's Girlfriend
Lúcia Moniz
as Aurelia
Elisha Cuthbert
as Carol-Anne, American Goddess
Joanna Page
as Just Judy
Billy Campbell
as Natalie's Octopus Brother, Keith
Denise Richards
as Carla, The Real Friendly One
Lulu Popplewell
as Daisy, Her Daughter
Frank Moorey
as Terence, Who's In Charge
Jill Freud
as Pat The Housekeeper
David Lynden Hall
as The Wedding Singer
Dan Fredenburgh
as Jamie's Bad Brother
Julia Davis
as Nancy The Caterer
Alan Barnes
as Movie Director
Shaughan Seymour
as Movie Cameraman
Helen Murton
as Funeral Priest
Edward Hardwicke
as Sam's Grandfather
Caroline John
as Sam's Grandmother
Gemma Aston
as Family Mourner
Matt Harvey
as Family Mourner
Adrian Preater
as Family Mourner
Joanna Thaw
as Family Mourner
Junior Simpson
as Wedding DJ
Brian Bovell
as Radio Watford DJ
Sarah McDougall
as Receptionist
Marcus Brigstocke
as Mikey, DJ Interviewer
Richard Hawley
as Alex, Deputy Prime Minister
Gillian Barge
as Cabinet Minister
Richard Wills-Cotton
as Cabinet Minister
Kate Bowes Renna
as Cabinet Minister
Kate Glover (III)
as Cabinet Minister
Nicola McRoy
as Cabinet Minister
Peter Marinker
as U.S. Expert
Keir Charles
as Press Conference Reporter
Doraly Rosen
as Press Conference Reporter
Meg Wynn Owen
as PM's Secretary
Carol Carey
as Natalie's Replacement
Jo Whiley
as Radio DJ
Sarah Atkinson
as Billy's Video Vixen
Clare Bennett
as Billy's Video Vixen
Sarah Holland
as Billy's Video Vixen
Vicki Murdoch
as Billy's Video Vixen
Meredith Ostrom
as Billy's Video Vixen
Katherine Poulton
as Billy's Video Vixen
Tuuli Shipster
as Billy's Video Vixen
Michael Fitzgerald
as Michael, Sarah's Brother
Ciaran O'Driscoll
as Hospital Patient
William Wadham
as Bernie, Karen's Son
Catia Duarte
as Language Student
Igor Urdenko
as Language Student
Nat Udom
as Language Student
Ines Boughanmi
as Language Student
Yuk Sim Yau
as Language Student
John Sharian
as Wisconsin Taxi Driver
Ivana Milicevic
as Stacey, American Dreamgirl
January Jones
as Jeannie, American Angel
Wes Butters
as Radio 1 Chart Show DJ
Laura Rees
as Record Company Executive
Emma Buckley
as Jamie's Sister
Sheila Allen
as Jamie's Mum
Terry Reece
as PM's Chauffeur, Terry
Colin Coull
as PM's Bodyguard, Gavin
Margery Mason
as Harris Street Old Lady
Katharine Bailey
as Harris Street Little Girl
Tiffany Boysell
as Her Friend
Georgia Flint
as Her Friend
Joanna Bacon
as Natalie's Mum
Bill Moody
as Natalie's Dad
Paul Slack
as John's Brother
Adam Godley
as Mr. Trench
Olivia Olson
as Joanna Anderson
Ruby Turner
as Mrs. Jean Anderson
Amanda Garwood
as Backing-Singer Teacher
Arturo Venegas
as Mr. Anderson
Patrick Delaney
as Tommy, Carol's Son
Helder Costa
as Mr. Barros
Carla Vasconcelos
as Sophia Barros
Stewart Howson
as Airport Gate Man
Jamie Edgell
as Airport Guard
Dave Fisher
as Airport Guard
Paul Heasman
as Airport Guard
Tony Lucken
as Airport Guard
Raul Atalaia
as Restaurant Proprietor
Shannon Elizabeth
as Harriet, The Sexy One
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Audience Reviews for Love Actually

  • Jun 20, 2017
    What a charming movie this is. It's not perfect or anything, and probably gets a little too syrupy towards the end, but it's romantic, funny, and the star-studded cast is outstanding. Weaving through so many story lines could have left the viewer confused and unsatisfied with any of them, but director Richard Curtis pulls the right strings and keeps us entertained from beginning to end. There are just so many wonderful scenes and lines. Andrew Lincoln's card scene with Keira Knightley. Colin Firth watching Lúcia Moniz walk out of his life, and then later both of them learning each other's language. Thomas Sangster, the little boy, talking to Liam Neeson about the "total agony of being in love". Hugh Grant the Prime Minister going door to door to find the sweet and sometimes foul-mouthed Martine McCutcheon. And on and on. The movie is filled with all those little moments we can identify with - secret longings, flirtation, and first kisses - but also those that are bittersweet, and those that disappoint us. The overall theme of the movie, that "love actually is all around", even though we often focus on the incidents of hate in the world, is inspiring. The shots in London are gorgeous, and the comic relief provided by the aging rocker Bill Nighy is funny. It is a feel-good movie and bound to be criticized, but it's ok to feel good once in awhile :), and this is certainly one of the better done romantic comedies.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2014
    A really cute film for.. lonely adults. Even though the stories are unbelievable and overwhelmingly romantic, you can't help but appreciate the acting from the star studded cast. Definitely a good film to watch when you are lonely and want to binge eating.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 03, 2013
    Sam: Let's do it. Let's go get the shit kicked out of us by love. "Love Actually is all around" Love Actually is a film that surprised me. It was never one I was excited to watch, but by circumstance I did and I'm happy I did. It's a romantic comedy centered around the Christmas holiday and it's one I thoroughly enjoyed. The big cast and multiple story lines made the film feel a lot shorter than its over two hour runtime.  The film follows very different relationships in England around Christmas. The relationships vary from married couples to friends to a child's first love, but all keep the same theme even if there's a different tone to each of them. All the seemingly different story lines converge upon each other on Christmas Eve at a school Christmas musical. The cast includes Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, Emma Watson, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, and Hugh Grant amongst others and each actor lends a different piece of the huge puzzle that is being pieced together. My favorites were Liam Neeson and Bill Nighy, but each and every cast member was terrific. It's not a hard movie to like, like a lot of romantic comedies. It's truly heartfelt and I especially enjoyed the child's love story. It was beautiful. Definitely a film that every romantic heart should see, and even if you don't have that romantic heart, like me, you'll still enjoy yourself. Well worth the watch.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2012
    LOVE ACTUALLY IS THE GREATEST LOVE STORY(S) EVER! That's what I'm thinking every time I watch it, after I've seen it, and once I see that it's on/coming on. It has the most wonderful cast, all of whom have the greatest chemistry. From Neeson and his kid to Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson, these guys are incredible. What makes it different from all the other multiple cast/multiple story movies is that every one of them are endearing little movies of their own and I enjoy each character. All the endings are touching and it tops everything off by being during Christmas. Love Actually has become one of my Christmas movie rituals. It's heartfelt, not always optimistic, but mostly cheerful and funny. I love this movie. Give it a try this Christmas if you haven't seen it.
    Jason C Super Reviewer

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