Number three on my list is another movie that my sister (and my boyfriend) don’t like, though I will never understand why. Luckily my Dad loves it too, so we try and watch it together every year around Christmas.
Love Actually (2003)
Here’s a brief plot overview:
The movie is set in the five weeks leading up to Christmas in England. There are around 10 different stories all linked in together in this movie and they are:
– Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) and Joe (Gregor Fisher): aging rock and roll legend along with his manager attempt to release a Christmas variation of the classic ‘Love Is All Around’.
– Juliet (Keira Knightley), Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Mark (Andrew Lincoln): Juliet and Peter are married and Mark is Peter’s best friend but is in love with Juliet.
– Jamie (Colin Firth) and Aurelia (Lucia Moniz): Jamie, a writer, is cheated on and goes to his French cottage where he meets Portuguese Aurelia. Attraction sparks even though they don’t speak the same language.
– Harry (Alan Rickman), Karen (Emma Thompson) and Mia (Heike Makatsch): Harry is married to Karen but is attracted to his new secretary Mia and ends up buying her a much more expensive gift than he does for his wife.
– David (Hugh Grant) and Natalie (Martine McCutcheon): David is the newly elected British Prime Minister and Natalie is a junior member of the household staff. They develop a friendship, that almost turns into a romance but doesn’t after US President (Billy Bob Thornton) makes a pass at Natalie.
– Daniel (Liam Neeson) and Sam (Thomas Sangster): Daniel is struggling with the death of his wife who has left him with a step son and they try to make it through their grief together. They bond when Sam falls in love with classmate Joanna (Olivia Olson).
– Sarah (Laura Linney) and Karl (Rodrigo Santoro):Sarah is in love with Karl, who works in her office, but their relationship never amounts to anything as they are always interrupted by phone calls from her mentally ill brother, Michael (Michael Fitzgerald).
– Colin (Kris Marshall) and Tony (Abdul Salis): Colin has decided to go to the US to find love with the help of his British accent and Tony tries to talk him out of it. Colin surprisingly finds really attractive women.
– John (Martin Freeman) and Judy (Joanna Page): John and Judy meet when they are body doubles for the sex scenes of a movie and start up a romance.
– Rufus (Rowan Atkinson): While Rufus is a minor character, he proves to be quite significant.
All of these stories are interrelated by the characters either having mutual friends or appearing at the same events. Either way, it’s a fantastic film!