Love Actually (2003, GBR/USA) C-135m. SCOPE *** D: Richard Curtis. Starring Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Sienna Guillory, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Heike Makatsch, Martin Freeman, Joanna Page, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Thomas Sangster, Alan Rickman, Billy Bob Thornton, Rowan Atkinson, Ivana Milicevic, January Jones, Elisha Cuthbert, Claudia Schiffer, Shannon Elizabeth, Denise Richards, Richard Curtis. Charming multi-character drama set right before Christmas about the importance of love and its impact on all of us. Contrivances aside (Hugh Grant as Prime Minister?), this comedy drama is moving and funny, kudos to director Curtis (writer of FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, NOTTING HILL).

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