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Love Actually

Monday, December 1st, 2003 · No Comments

As Jen has mentioned over on Dan’s blog, we saw Love Actually on Saturday. She sums it up best: It was “so sweet it’ll give you a cavity.”

Perhaps it had something to do with my having had a mere four hours of sleep the night before prior to driving home from partying in Sacramento, but I was simply inundated with emotions during this film, even on the verge of tears. It has got to be the most feel good movie of all time — without being sappy or overly cheesy (though, admittedly, that is debatable). The film tells stories of love lost and love found, each story depicting its own version of love unique to each character, through at least half a dozen vignettes. Set in England in the weeks leading up to Christmas, the characters are charming and the actors all do an excellent job of conveying emotions.

My favorite story (and Jen’s) was that of the Prime Minister and Natalie, one of his house servants, played by Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon, respectively. Though less believable, I also liked the story of Juliet and Mark, but that may be because I like Keira Knightley, who was also in Bend it Like Beckham and whose career really appears to be taking off, busy making three movies for 2004 release. I also enjoyed the story of Mark, who heads to America to find a uniquely American kind of love.

IMDB has some good memorable quotes from the film, including these:

“When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge — they were all messages of love.”

And it truly is a movie about discovering love, even if it’s “on Shag Highway heading West!” So head to the theater and see this movie today. You won’t be sorry. It’s rare in this time of action and shoot ’em up movies to find one that’s not about any of that. It will leave a smile on your face for days.

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