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A sugary tale overstuffed with too many stories. Still, the cast charms.
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Love Actually is alternately beguiling and bloated, witty and warmed over, smart and pandering. The majority is likely to swoon.
As I've said, it's not entirely rinsed free of schmalz but 14 years on, it still works. Happy Christmas.
This is cloying, deceitful, and more or less irresistible.
This is an embarrassment, an overdrawn rom-com gone very wrong.
A highly engineered puffball.
This kind of comedy has just hit the wall.
Does get very, very mushy at times, but the overall excellence of a stellar ensemble (Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson and Laura Linney) more than compensates.
Aside from all the hearts and flowers, though, it's Bill Nighy's uproarious turn as an over-the-hill rocker promoting a novelty record that really delivers the laughs.
Seldom have we seen such an extensive ensemble of talent in the movies yanked through the material like lambs on their way to a slaughter.
Love? Actually, no. More like disappointment, and, at times, hatred.
A long running time, too many characters and too much whimsy and corn make this romantic romp more of a slog than a soufflé.
Romantic and entertaining -- for older teens.
Too many characters and stories, about half hour too long, and at times so stupid it was insulting (for example the American girls. Yeah, that would happen). I honestly can't understand how this is such a liked movie. It is right up there with Notting Hill for me, (which also sucks).
Rewatch after many years. I have upgraded a star and a half. I think I was quite harsh.
It's not perfect, and I still hate the twat with the American girls, but actually it is not a bad xmas movie. I think I wasn't watching properly the first time. It's cheesy as all hell, don't get me wrong, but the cast are decent and the old rocker is amusing.
Chock full of popular songs here is a a Christmas card from England to us all ... or at least it feels like that. And it feels good. And so, in time for the season and lest I forget, a very Merry Christmas to everyone. God bless us all ... everyone.
Some believe "Love Actually" is a senseless gimmick - a surface holiday love story with beautiful people... and not even a holiday story at that, as seen from recent vehement debates (and maybe not even beautiful people, owing to the goofus face of Kris Marshall who's at least got a big knob). For me and countless others though, never has so many intertwining stories meshed so well with the messages of peace, goodwill, love of all kinds, and even gifting. There is seriously no character or storyline that I don't like.
To those who say Jamie and Aurelia falling in love without speaking the same language is stupid and unrealistic, consider the intuitive connection that some people have and how they understand each other and communicate through actions and looks other than words, forming emotional bonds through the journey of misunderstanding and miscommunication.
To those who say Sarah's an idiot for answering her mentally ill brother's phone call in the middle of getting it on with hot Karl, consider how that obsessive impulse of hers is to show that she needs to take care of him as much as he needs taking care of, and perhaps that's why she shouldn't have a romantic relationship right now.
To those who hate Mia for seducing Harry, consider the slut-shaming double standard of women always being the seducers and the men always having no choice but to be seduced. Mia flirts with her married boss; he is still culpable for deceiving his wife.
To those who think Colin and the American quintet is misogynistic and anti-American, consider the pure, "lust, actually" fantasy fulfillment in an otherwise pretty earnest, British movie. In an arguable attempt at showing female agency, Colin is no longer the pushy manwhore; the women are now the pursuers, and their totally obvious macking techniques show that they are quite aware of the easy-American-girl-who-falls-for-foreigners stereotype, and they use it to their advantage.
To those who say Mark is a pansy for harboring romantic feelings for Juliet, a woman he seems to hardly know (as evidenced allegedly by their few scenes together), consider her honest self-deprecation (claiming she's nice aside from for her bad taste in pie), amiability (in hoping she and Mark can be better friends), and direct motivation (in pursuing the video she knows he clearly has). In sum, she HAS a personality and is certainly likable, even lovable. To those who say they are both douches - he for professing his feelings and she for kissing him - consider Mark's utterly agenda-less act of love as a gift of truth, friendship, and apology for his coldness, and Juliet's kiss as one of comfort and thanks.
I love "Love Actually," and anybody who doesn't should get a heart!
An amazing ensemble pulls of a movie that if it were anyone else I prob would not like. I am a sucker for a good funny romantic movie and this one had everything. Incredible acting makes this a winner.
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