Love, Actually

Cast
Prime Minister: Hugh Grant
Daniel: Liam Neeson
Karen: Emma Thompson
Sarah: Laura Linney
Juliet: Keira Knightley
Natalie: Martine McCutcheon
Billy Mack: Bill Nighy
Rufus: Rowan Atkinson
Jamie: Colin Firth
U.S. President: Billy Bob Thornton
Harry: Alan Rickman

Universal Pictures presents a film written and directed by Richard Curtis. Running time: 129 minutes. Rated R (for sexuality, nudity and language).

Central Theme
Love is all around and it takes many forms: loyal friendship, familial, sacrificial, selfless, erotic, marital and more. For evidence visit the arrival gate at any local airport.

Story
General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed ¢€œ but I don’t see that ¢€œ seems to me that love is everywhere. Igniting laughter, wreaking havoc, breaking hearts, daring commitments, forcing choices, catapulting spirits, forging inroads, creating risks ecstatic, exciting, unexpected, unwelcome, inconvenient, inexplicable, inelegant, unequalled.

Love actually is all around.

From the new bachelor Prime Minister (HUGH GRANT) instantly falling in love with a refreshingly real member of the staff (MARTINE McCUTCHEON) moments after entering 10 Downing Street¢â‚¬¦ To a writer (COLIN FIRTH) escaping to the south of France to nurse his re-broken heart who finds love in a lake¢â‚¬¦ From a comfortably married woman (EMMA THOMPSON) suspecting that her husband (ALAN RICKMAN) is slipping away¢â‚¬¦ To a new bride (KEIRA KNIGHTLEY) mistaking the distance of her husband’s best friend for something it’s not¢â‚¬¦ From a schoolboy seeking to win the attention of the most unattainable girl in school¢â‚¬¦ To a widowed stepfather (LIAM NEESON) trying to connect with a son he suddenly barely knows¢â‚¬¦ From a lovelorn junior manager (LAURA LINNEY) seizing a chance with her long-tended, unspoken office crush¢â‚¬¦ To an aging “seen it all, remember very little of it” rock star (BILL NIGHY) jonesing for an end-of-career comeback in his own uncompromising way¢â‚¬¦

Love, the equal-opportunity mischief-maker, is causing chaos for all. These London lives and loves collide, mingle and climax on Christmas Eve again and again and again with romantic, hilarious and bittersweet consequences for anyone lucky (or unlucky) enough to be under love’s spell.

Acclaimed screenwriter RICHARD CURTIS (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary) now steps behind the camera for his directorial debut on his latest project, Love Actually the ultimate romantic comedy that weaves together a spectacular number of love affairs into one amazing story. Curtis is re-teamed with producers DUNCAN KENWORTHY and Working Title’s TIM BEVAN and ERIC FELLNER the filmmakers responsible for some of the most popular looks at modern love in all its guises, including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary. The powerhouse cast brought together for this look at love and laughter also includes ROWAN ATKINSON, ANDREW LINCOLN, MARTIN FREEMAN, KRIS MARSHALL, THOMAS SANGSTER, JOANNA PAGE, LUCIA MONIZ, BILLY BOB THORNTON and many others. ‚© Universal Studios.

I’m not sure most people would be thinking “C.S. Lewis” when leaving this flick, but his exploration of “four loves” is fleshed out with real life characters who layer upon layer remind us of the messiness, texture and variety of love. The story summary advise you that the film interacts with a diversity of characters and their grappling with love and the lack thereof in there lives. Some will be “put off” by the “nude body double” relationship, but even that one is demonstrating the stupidity and superficiality of sex without deeper relational bonds, and in a delicious irony the young man and woman marry before they “shag.” The rawness and profanity of some of the characters is partly a British reality, but in a Xmas movie it actually reminds us that in the incarnation Jesus came to love such as these. Follow the prolific use of popular culture references as a common language of the culture and as a “replacement” for religion. Religion is present as the “place” for weddings and funerals, but at both events sacred music is displaced by “All you need is love” and by the Bay City Rollers. “Bye-Bye Baby.”

If an important measure of a movie is to provoke thought about stuff that matters, this one meets the test. It is a sprawling exploration of a subject at the heart of the Christian faith that deals with the human need for love, exposing but failing to reflect on, our ultimate need for God, because after all, God is love.

Beliefs num
–Love is all around.
–It takes many forms.
–There is more love than hate in the world.
–Love offers life’s greatest joy and pain.
–Love is the great societal leveler and is not a respecter of class or caste.
–Love will make you and undo you.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–What are the artistic merits of this film?
–What elements common to human experience did you resonate with in this film?
–What elements in word, deed, theme or behavior created a dissonance with who you are or want to be spiritually?
–What does this film tell us about who God is? Who humans are? What we are seeking in life?
–What kinds of love have you experience in life?
–Is there more love than hate in the world?
–What did Jesus mean when he commanded his disciples to love on e another?
–Of the characters in this movie-whose love do you most respect?
–If you made this movie, would you add an exploration of God’s love? If so, how would you do it?

Provocative Quotes byline
–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¢â‚¬¦ If you look for it, I think you’ll find that, Love, actually, is all around us.
==Prime Minister.
–Yep, solid gold shit.
==Manager to Billy Mack who has abandoned ¢â‚¬Ëœart’ for a Xmas bestselling bid.
–Alone again, naturally.
==Jamie in France after wife’s infidelity.
–Its just a ridiculous waste and now it’s going to waste Sam’s life as well.
==Daniel about Sam’s mother’s death.
–Tell her that you love her. You’ve got nothing to lose, and you’ll always regret it if you don’t.
==Daniel to step-son Sam.
–Mia’s very pretty. Be careful there.
==Karen to Harry.
–True love lasts a lifetime.
==Karen.
–We’ve never got friendly. I just wanted to say I hope that can change. I’m nice, I really am, apart from my terrible taste in pie. And it would be great if we could be friends.
==Juliet to husband’s best friend Mark.
–I’ll just be around the mistletoe, hoping to be kissed¢â‚¬¦It’s for you. It’s all for you Sir¢â‚¬¦I thought I made it clear last night. When it comes to me you can have anything you want.
==Mia tempting boss.
–I’m on Shag Highway heading West!
==Colin, Wisconsin bound.
–He’s a Christian!
==Three girls in the bar when Colin says, “Praise the Lord” after there offer of a place to stay.
–Christmas is the time to be with the people you love. And without knowing it, I’ve spent most of my adult life with a chubby employee! When I was young, I was greedy and foolish, and now I’m left with no one. Wrinkled and alone. Come on let’s get pissed and watch porn.
==Billy Mack explaining to manager why he left Elton John’s party.
–With any luck by next year. I’ll be going out with one of these girls. [pictures of beautiful supermodels]. But for now, let me say. Without hope or agenda. Just because it’s Christmas. (And at Christmas you tell the truth). To me, you are perfect. And my wasted heart will love you. Until you look like this [picture of mummy]. Merry Christmas .
==Mark’s poster board message to Juliet.
–OK. The truth is… I’m in love. The truth is I’m in love and there’s nothing I can do about it, and it just keeps getting worse¢â‚¬¦She’s going back to America and that’s the end of my life as I know it.
==Sam, Daniel’s step-son.
–Aren’t you a bit young to be in love? Oh, OK, right. Well, I can’t deny it. I’m a little relieved. Well, you know – I thought it might be something worse. Oh. Yeah, you’re right. Total agony.
==Daniel relieved Sam’s problem is love, until Sam reminds him there is nothing worse then the total agony of being in love.
–How about ask him for a drink, and then maybe after twenty minutes casually slip into the conversation the fact that you love him totally and would like to marry him and have lots of sex and babies.
==Harry advice to Sarah.
–Will it make him better? Tyhen maybe you don’t answer it?
==Sarah’s co-worker whose passion is interrupted by her brother’s calls.
–You mean there was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus?
==Karen.
–Kids, this is a message from your Uncle Billy. Don’t buy drugs. Wait until you’re a rock star, and they give them to you for free!
==Bill Mack.
–WE may be a small country, but we’re a great one. We are a nation of… Harry Potter!
==Prime Minister on British pride when snubbed by President of US.
–Hello, David. Oh, shit, I can’t believe I just did that. Oh and now I’ve gone and said “shit” – twice. (Well, at least you didn’t say “fuck”, right? Prime Minister) I just knew that I was going to fuck up my first day.
==Natalie to Prime Minster on her first day.
–It’s my favorite time of day, driving you.
==Jamie.
–It is the saddest part of my day, leaving you.
==Aurelia in Portuguese.
–Girls love musicians, don’t they? Even the really weird ones get girlfriends. ..She doesn’t even know my name. And even if she did she’d despise me. She’s the coolest girl in school and everyone worships her because she’s heaven.
==Sam plotting with Daniel.
–American girls would seriously dig me with my cute British accent. I am Colin. God of Sex. I’m just on the wrong continent, that’s all.
==Colin’s plan for ¢â‚¬Ëœlove life’ center on US girls.
–All I want for Xmas is you.
==A chaste and innocent end to the “body double’s” first date.
–I’m very busy and important: how can I help you?
==Prime Minster to his sister.
–Yes. To continue your emotional education.
==Harry when Karen is surprised to receive Joni Mitchell CD instead of necklace.
–If you were in my position what would you do? Would you stay, knowing that life would be a bit worse? or would you cut and run? You’ve made a fool of me.
==Karen to husband about his infidelity?
–Tell her you love her. I never told your mother enough I should have told her everyday.
==Daniel to Sam.
–God only knows what I’d be without you.
==Music ending film.
— The movie’s only flaw is also a virtue: It’s jammed with characters, stories, warmth and laughs, until at times Curtis seems to be working from a checklist of obligatory movie love situations and doesn’t want to leave anything out. At 129 minutes, it feels a little like a gourmet meal that turns into a hot-dog eating contest.
I once had ballpoints printed up with the message, No good movie is too long. No bad movie is short enough. “Love Actually” is too long. But don’t let that stop you.
==Roger Ebert.

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