I really loved Notting Hill, and now the writer, Richard Curtis, writes and directs this even edgier romantic comedy, Love Actually. Edgy by romantic comedy standards anyway.
This ensemble piece is funny and poignant, but funnier than poignant, really, and every single actor, character, and scene works. It does have some of those “only in the movies” moments, which is why I’m only giving it an A, as opposed to an A +, but it’s still an immensely enjoyable movie.
Love Actually truly is an ensemble too. Hugh Grant maybe the biggest name in the film, but his role is really no larger than Liam Neeson’s, Emma Thompson’s, Alan Rickman’s, Laura Linney’s, Colin Firth’s, or Bill Nighy’s. Who’s Bill Nighy? Well, he was in UNDERWORLD. Duh.
Martine McCutcheon is absolutely adorable, and spews the F word like it’s nobody’s business. I liked her a lot. And Heike Makatsch is really hot too. These ladies need to be in more stuff that I see!
I really enjoyed this movie. It might not be for everyone, but even those who stay away from romantic comedies will find something to enjoy. Really.
And keep in mind, it’s Rated R, and though there is a family element to many of the scenes, it’s not a movie for kids…something I can definitely appreciate.