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Issue: 2003

Love Actually movie review

It's coming up to Christmas in London, and in this Richard Curtis film, we follow the lives and loves of seemingly unrelated people.

Hugh Grant plays the newly-elected British Prime Minister who has a crush on the girl who delivers his tea, his sister (Emma Thompson) feels a little overwhelmed when she compares her life with kids and husband Alan Rickman, who in turn has a crush on his avaricious secretary.

We encounter a couple who meet as body doubles in an increasingly sexually explicit film, a woman wedded to her phone, a young man determined to go to America to get sex and more.

Movie poster, Love Actually; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Love Actually
Love actually is all around.

The strong cast have an excellent script to work with as they portray real people living real lives. Curtis finds humour in the everyday, and yet intersperses it with tales of loneliness, loss and unrequited love.

Beautifully told and lovingly filmed, this film is a joy to discover in a world filled with smash-bang action films and glossy, obvious date movies.

Highly recommended.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 26 December 2003
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See also:
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Bridget Jones' Diary

Just the facts:

Title: Love Actually (2003)
Written by: Richard Curtis
Directed by: Richard Curtis
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The Players: Bill Nighy; Gregor Fisher; Rory MacGregor; Colin Firth; Sienna Guillory ; Liam Neeson ; Emma Thompson

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