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Love, Actually
Directed by Richard Curtis (2003)
Cast and Characters
Colin Firth ... Jamie Bennett
Liam Neeson ... Daniel
Emma Thompson ... Karen
Keira Knightley ... Juliet
Hugh Grant ... The Prime Minister
Alan Rickman ... Harry

Christmas time in England, and unusual things going on round. Some people are falling in love, then breaking up or some people just desperately lonely and still looking for that someone special. This is a story about 8 people who follow their hearts and show love or anger. If you look carefully around 'Love Actually' is all around you...

RATING: 5 buckets
REVIEW: Actually, this movie is about love. But you probably already guessed that from the title. It took me forever to see this film... for some reason or other I was always missing it. When I finally sat down and watched it I was glued to the screen and taken on a rollercoaster of emotions. This charming British film has everything you could possibly want in a romantic comedy... and seems to rise above the genre. It's a romantic comedy and so much more. It's simply impossible to pick a favorite couple, a favorite sceen, a favorite character. Watch it. You'll like it. But have some tissues nearby.

RATING: 3 buckets
REVIEW: The thing about this movie is that is dispensable. It's one of those cute films you can watch on a rainy day, or on Christmas time, but it's not necessary to really follow all the storylines to enjoy it. It's cute, it's funny, it's over. The brilliant part about it, though, is that it features 80% of the best British actors still alive, and they get to play something different than the characters we're used to see them as, so that's always great to watch. Twice.

- Simon Pegg was considered for the role of Rufus (played by Rowan Atkinson)
- The idea for Mark's surprise of the band singing "All You Need Is Love" at Peter and Juliet's wedding came from Jim Henson's funeral (which Richard Curtis attended) where all the puppeteers brought their Muppets and sang a song.
- The word "actually" is spoken 22 times by various characters in the film.
- When casting the part of Sarah, Richard Curtis auditioned a great many British girls, but kept saying, "I want someone like Laura Linney..." The casting director eventually snapped and said, "Oh, for fuck's sake, get Laura Linney then." She then auditioned and got the part.
- When Richard Curtis was in college, his girlfriend left him for a man named Bernard. In each of his screenplays, there is a fairly unpopular character named Bernard. In this case, the character is Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman's "horrid son".


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