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With no fewer than eight couples vying for our attention, Love Actually is like the Boston Marathon of romantic comedies, and everybody wins. Having mastered the genre as the writer of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Bridget Jones's Diary, it appears that first-time director Richard Curtis is just like his screenplays: He just wants to be loved, and he'll go to absurdly appealing lengths to win our affection. With Love Actually, Curtis orchestrates a minor miracle of romantic choreography, guiding a brilliant cast of stars and newcomers as they careen toward love and holiday cheer in London, among them the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) who's smitten with his caterer; a widower (Liam Neeson) whose young son nurses the ultimate schoolboy crush; a writer (Colin Firth) who falls for his Portuguese housekeeper; a devoted wife and mother (Emma Thompson) coping with her potentially unfaithful husband (Alan Rickman); and a lovelorn American (Laura Linney) who's desperately attracted to a colleague. There's more--too much more--as Curtis wraps his Christmas gift with enough happy endings to sweeten a dozen other movies. That he pulls it off so entertainingly is undeniably impressive; that he does it so shamelessly suggests that his writing fares better with other, less ingratiating directors. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Music Highlights
  • Music Video for 'Christmas is All Around'
  • Deleted Scenes with an introduction by Richard Curtis
  • The Storytellers
  • Audio Commentary with Richard Curtis, Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy & Thomas Sangster

Cast

Bill NighyBilly Mack
Gregor FisherJoe
Colin FirthJamie
Liam NeesonDaniel
Emma ThompsonKaren
Kris MarshallColin Frissell
Heike MakatschMia
Martin FreemanJohn
Joanna PageJust Judy
Chiwetel EjioforPeter
Andrew LincolnMark
Keira KnightleyJuliet
Hugh GrantThe Prime Minister
Nina SosanyaAnnie
Martine McCutcheonNatalie
Laura LinneySarah
Julia DavisNancy the Caterer
Thomas Brodie-SangsterSam
Alan RickmanHarry
Rodrigo SantoroKarl
Marcus BrigstockeMikey
Anthony McPartlinAnt
Declan DonnellyDec
Lúcia MonizAurelia
Billy Bob ThorntonThe US President
Jo WhileyRadio DJ
Michael ParkinsonParky
Rowan AtkinsonRufus
Ivana MilicevicStacey
January JonesJeannie
Elisha CuthbertCarol-Anne
Adam GodleyMr. Trench
Olivia OlsonJoanna Anderson
Claudia SchifferCarol
Shannon ElizabethHarriet
Denise RichardsCarla

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  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Richard Curtis
  • Producer: Universal
  • Length: 135 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 14, 2003
    EuropeNov 21, 2003
    JapanFeb 7, 2004
    AustraliaDec 26, 2003
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    JapanPG-12
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 27, 2004
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