Ensemble romantic comedies that revolve around holidays are almost universally horrible: New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Friday the 13th … They’re just typically too short on character development, cohesion and A–list actors to conjure up the necessary romantic tension to make you care. One that bucked the system was Love Actually(2003), a title that comes from the idea that love actually is all around us. Featuring an all’star cast and intersecting plots, it follows a dozen characters dealing with love as Christmas approaches.
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Though much of Love Actually is sweet, ClearPlay cuts a lot of raunchiness, including several scenes of nude stand’ins, other scenes of implied lovemaking, steamy flirting, an art gallery setting with lewd photos, and about 90 instances of profanity or inappropriate conversations. The ClearPlayed version focuses more on the idea that love conquers all.
Will Love Actually make my holidays brighter?…
Great actors populate this movie — Liam Neeson, Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Laura Linney, Colin Firth, Alan Rickman — That, and some snappy writing, make for some genuine laughs. Not all the storylines are winners, but all have their moments, and Love is actually pretty rewarding.
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Rated R for sexuality, nudity and language; 135 min; Directed By Richard Curtis