Love and Other Disasters

2006

Love and Other Disasters (2006)

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A hyperactive and high-fashion American transplant living in London and working for Vogue magazine does her best to enhance the lives of those around her while remaining blissfully unaware of the man who longs to profess his true love to her in an ultra-modern romantic comedy produced by Luc Besson and David Fincher and directed by Alek Keshishian. Emily Jackson (Brittany Murphy) lives a charmed life. Always on the go in her Mini Cooper and able to talk until the sun comes up and then some, her fast-paced lifestyle belies a sensitive soul who takes great joy in playing matchmaker for her many friends. It's Emily's gay roommate and constant companion, Peter (Matthew Rhys), who usually becomes the subject of the quirky Cupid's frequent pairings, and when handsome new photographer's assistant Paolo (Santiago Cabrera) arrives at the Vogue offices, Emily makes it her mission to bring the two men together. Unfortunately for the contemporary Holly Golightly, Emily is so busy arranging a love connection between Peter and Paolo that she remains completely blind to the obvious torch carried for her by the one suitor who longs to provide her the with the loving companionship that she so cheerfully arranges for others.

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Cast

Brittany Murphy
as Emily 'Jacks' Jackson
Matthew Rhys
as Peter Simon
Santiago Cabrera
as Paolo Sarmiento
Catherine Tate
as Talullah Wentworth
Elliot Cowan
as James Wildstone
Stephanie Beacham
as Felicity Wentworth
Will Keen
as David Williams
Frédéric Anscombre
as Sasha Santori
Orlando Bloom
as Hollywood Paolo
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Hollywood Jacks
Robert Chilcott
as Art Patron
Dawn French
as Therapist
Jamie Honeybourne
as Unicorn Gallagher
Michael Lerner
as Marvin Bernstein
Daniel Lobé
as Freedom
Tony MacMurray
as Fashion Designer
Adam Rayner
as Tom/False David Williams
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Critic Reviews for Love and Other Disasters

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Viewers who don't loathe it immediately may find it the guilty pleasure of the season.

Sep 13, 2006

As thoroughly generic as its title.

Sep 13, 2006 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

As wildly uneven and unfocused as Murphy's accent, and twice as annoying.

Sep 23, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

It calls out the clichés of its genre only to end up willingly indulging in them more often than not.

Jan 16, 2008 | Rating: 31/100 | Full Review…

...an unabashedly cliched and lighthearted romantic comedy that seems to thrive on the conventions of the genre...

Oct 26, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love and Other Disasters

½

Couldn't get this film a positive spin. It was very boring for me to watch...

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

I liked this movie more than I ever would have expected, due in part because I really did not know what to expect. Essentially, it is a typical rom-com, but it tries so hard to be something more; and by-and-large it succeeds. I loved the echos of Breakfast and Tiffany's, and there were an awful lot of them. Jacks has more than a few things in common with Holly Golightly and "Tiffany's" is her favorite film to bout. There are a lot of people out there bashing Murphey's performance, and while she wasn't mindblowing, I was rather impressed. Besides, who really cares if she can walk in her stilettos? Plus, it seems a wee bit disrespectful to bash her now that she is dead. I liked Matthew Rhys in The Edge of Love, and he is even when actually playing a likable character. The dialog is snappy and clever, not really realistic, but damn funny! All around, Love and Other Disasters is lighthearted and fun, even the mandatory "serious" moments sparkle with levity. Is it shallow? Yes. It is obvious? Yes. Predictable? Yes. Is is enjoyable? Absolutely!

Jake ....
Jake ....

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think you've got to be in the right mindset for this one but if you're prepared to suspend your disbelief you can have a great time. If you like Ugly Betty then this is for you. But if you go in expecting War & Peace you're going to be disappointed. The clothes are great and there are some great performances from the likes of Dawn French and Catherine Tate. There are plenty of laughs and some brilliantly observed portraits of London types. Brittany Murphy is a luminous presence and although you get the message that she wants to channel Audrey Hepburn she sort of pulls it off. It's a step up from Love, Actually and Notting Hill and a lot more fun. Could the prominence of a gay story line be what seems to annoy some of the other reviewers here?

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

Proving that America doesn't exactly have control over the formulaic rom-com game, we have this offering from the UK. And I think they should take it back. The film contains two big problems: the first is that it's utterly boring. I sat there hoping for something different to happen, different to films before it, and was treated to nothing spectacular. I wasn't riding on this to be the film that revolutionized the genre but I expected something to happen. But no, just lots of supporting characters musing on love, getting into stupid situations and then finding love (oh wow, big spoiler there. Please note sarcasm). The other comes from the lead character. Making her an American over in the U.K just doesn't make any sense to me and smells more like an attempt to get Americans to watch this. Apparently, it's up to the American girl to help her friends find love, as if to imply they run around like headless chickens because they're incapable of doing things for themselves. And let's not forget, she herself is without a boyfriend for most of the film. It's hard to find love for others if you don't have it yourself. I don't really want to attack Brittany Murphy for this choice in movie, as it's finally nice to see her do something different and light hearted (Spun, The Dead Girl, Riding With Boys In Cars, Sin City, all playing troubled characters to some degree.) Yet her attempts at an English accent are horrible and the fact that she swaps between English and American only drag the film down. I don't know, maybe after Four Weddings And A Funeral I was expecting potential from non-American filming. Would it have killed them to put a little more effort in?

David  S
David S

Super Reviewer

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