Looking for a fun holiday flick?

Love Actually is all around

by Brittney Thompson

Tired of all the cliché seasonal films that you have seen a billion times? Well, if you liked Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary, or Pirate Radio, then Love Actually is the perfect holiday season romantic comedy for you! It has a stellar ensemble cast including (but not limited to) Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Hugh Grant, and Keira Knightley, who star in their own storyline in this networking motion picture. The separate, yet intersecting plotlines include: a newlywed couple, a long time married couple in which the wife doubts her husband’s loyalty, a young woman who must decide between a brother who needs her or having a love life, a scorned writer who moves to France for a few weeks, a man grieving the loss of his wife and learning how to be a single father rearing his step-son, a down and out aging pop star trying to make a comeback with a Christmas-centric hit single, the newly elected Prime Minister dealing with responsibility and his heart, a young Englishman who leaves his home country in order to get a dates with women in America, and a pair of body doubles on a film set who connect. Some of the most fun parts about the movie are the moments when the audience finds out just how all of the characters know one another. The actors bring out their designated character roles so well that the viewer is lead to believe they are real life people. We feel sorry for them, laugh with them, laugh at them, and cry with them. Writer and Director of the film, Richard Curtis, keeps his audience entertained from the exposition until the credits roll.

Ekstrom Library’s Media Resources Department has 3 copies in the SGA Collection for the University community’s viewing pleasure.

One Comment on “Looking for a fun holiday flick?”

  1. Dave Meyer says:

    You left out Laura Linney and Colin Firth, whose segments are highlights. Great closing montage to God Only Knows (Beach Boys), which unfortunately cannot be fully enjoyed on DVD.

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