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Annual DL Holiday We Hate the Film "Love. Actually" Thread

I'm surprised "noone" have posted this yet. Go on then, spew. Let the hate go forth.

by Anonymousreply 19505/07/2017

The fact that it was written by Richard Curtis is enough to keep me away from Curtis' latest screenplay "War Horse".

Well that and maybe that John Williams did the music, too.

The truth, actually, is the what Williams does to music Curtis does to words.

by Anonymousreply 112/24/2011

Noone? Really?

by Anonymousreply 212/24/2011

It's actually a pretty good movie, if you're in the right mood for the record-breaking levels of sentimentality.

I shudder to think what a bad imitation would be like, so I haven't seen that "New Year's" film.

by Anonymousreply 312/24/2011

Actually, love (see what I did there?) I think it's a sweet film and enjoyed watching it the two or three times it has been aired here in the UK.

I'm sorry, OP, that you are so jaded and cynical - it must be a pretty miserable life you have going on there.

by Anonymousreply 412/24/2011

Lamest bit - the 2 naked actors who fall in love.

by Anonymousreply 512/24/2011

Well, I just can't take Laura Linney's dancing.

by Anonymousreply 612/24/2011

I watched it yesterday, Love Actually and The Family Stone are my 2 annual Christmas movies.

by Anonymousreply 712/24/2011

All I remember when I watched it when it first came out I hated it and LL didn't look very good in her nude scene...

by Anonymousreply 812/24/2011

Depends on my mood. I saw it at the cinema just before Christmas when it originally came out and being full of whiskey and soda, I enjoyed it and had a warm fuzzy feeling afterwards.

However, the passage of time has done nothing to convince this film is good cinematographic entertainment, but rather chick flick material for a rainy day.

by Anonymousreply 912/24/2011

Actually, I enjoy this film around this time of year.

by Anonymousreply 1012/24/2011

I loved Bill Nighy and the little boy, but the rest of it was mostly annoying with occasional laughs.

by Anonymousreply 1112/24/2011

Other than Kiera Knightly's horseshit, I like the movie.

by Anonymousreply 1212/24/2011

Saw it again recently. I still find it weirdly misogynistic.

by Anonymousreply 1312/24/2011

I was brilliant.

by Anonymousreply 1412/24/2011

It had some good parts. I actually thought the Hugh Grant one was funny though the porn stand-ins were a wtf. Bill Nighy, great.

by Anonymousreply 1512/24/2011

Meh. It's no "Love, Indubitably."

by Anonymousreply 1612/24/2011

It's treacly stuff but if you want something truly bad, sentimental, AND Christmas-themed, try "The Holiday".

by Anonymousreply 1712/24/2011

Love the airport opening.

by Anonymousreply 1812/24/2011

I've never gotten the "Imitation of Life"-style high hysteria for the "Emma Thompson gets a Joni Mitchell CD" scene. I was unimpressed with the movie upon its release, but that's because it seemed like poor relation to Four Weddings and a Funeral. Also, I don't like the totally one-note Hugh Grant, who's the same in each and every role he plays. (If that's not redundant.)

by Anonymousreply 1912/24/2011

I was annoyed that the lesbian story (Anne Reid and whatshername - frances de la tour) was cut out of the final print, at least its on the dvd extras (one if them is dying, naturally).

Curtis' last film "the boat that rocked" was such a bomb that it has surely killed off these gruesome films of his. It was on television here in England the other day, I did not even want to see it.

Can't imagine he got the gig to do the script on "War Horse" ....

by Anonymousreply 2012/24/2011

r20 -- Of course he got the gig to do the "War Horse" script.

"Four Weddings and a Funeral" was one of the highest grossing films in British history.

Although it is amazing that man who helped write "Black Adder" could also be the man who "Love, Actually."

And I have to say that those 9/11 airport scenes in "Love, Actually" actually wanted to make me fly a plane into a building.

But having said all that -- Curtis was extraordinarily hot in his earlier years.

by Anonymousreply 2112/24/2011

I love this movie, holiday classic.

by Anonymousreply 2212/24/2011

Its message seemed to be: "If you're a beautiful and skinny young woman, like Keira Knightley you'll be happy forever, but if you're not, like Laura Linney or Emma Thompson, you'd better get used to being unwanted."

Whether that's true of life or not it seemed deeply bizarre in a movie that was so sentimental about its male characters, who all seemed to find love no matter what shape or age they were.

by Anonymousreply 2312/24/2011

23 responses and I'm the frst one to post about how Rodrigo Santoro is virtually the only reason to watch this piece of shit? Sure, Bill Night is funny, and even Hugh Grant is amusing. But the sexism and idiocy (falling 'in love' with a woman with whom you've never had a conversation? four attractive american girls hit on one majorly fugly guy?) ruin it for me.

by Anonymousreply 2412/25/2011

It's the CRASH of romantic comedies.

by Anonymousreply 2512/25/2011

It was while watching "Love, Actually" that I realized two things. One, that Alan Rickman is NOT one of those actors that I would watch just anything he's in just to see him (I tried fast-forwarding just to his parts, but soon found that fast-forwarding through his parts was less painful than actually watching them.) Two, that Ben Elton was the real genius behind the "Blackadder" series, NOT Richard Curtis.

by Anonymousreply 2612/25/2011

I like it.

by Anonymousreply 2712/25/2011

"... though the porn stand-ins were a wtf..."

I just saw this movie for the first time the other day on ABC Family. And I just realized that Martin Freeman was listed in the credits but wasn't in the movie I saw at all. Is there a story about a porn movie within the movie? How is that connected to the other characters?

by Anonymousreply 2812/25/2011

R24, I'm totally with you on the rodrigo love boat. Hot as he'll! It's the best part. That said, I did like the movie and all it's sappiness. Sometimes I just don't need much to fulfill me...

by Anonymousreply 2912/25/2011

The little boy in it is incredibly creeping. He was more suited to THE OMEN than this, he should have been a really cute looking kid.

by Anonymousreply 3012/25/2011

I like it - but not at first in the theater - it seemed to forced. It took a 2nd and 3rd viewing to grow its charms.

Now I see it differently with the sudden passing of Liam Neeson's wife. Wouldn't wish that on anyone, but playing the widower with young children is actually his life now.

by Anonymousreply 3112/25/2011

I could not get past the first 5-10 minutes. It was horrible. When the British do corny, it is just as bad, if not worse, than a bad American film.

by Anonymousreply 3212/25/2011

r28, you just made me realize that I haven't seen the porn actors story line in years. It must have been totally axed for family viewing on the non-premium channels.

Didn't even miss it. Too bad they can't lob off the ugly guy with the American girls bit, too.

by Anonymousreply 3312/25/2011

For the absolute last time it's not a porn movie they're doing. They are stand-ins/body doubles on a big budget feature. Porn films never have stand-ins/body doubles, it's not in their budget.

by Anonymousreply 3412/25/2011

What was weird about the Emma Thompson-Alan Rickman story, aside from that weird Elf Quest woman who seduced him, was that the filmmakers felt that the right note to end it on was Emma deciding to hide her feelings and pretend everything was all right. I just thought, right, and the very next fight she has with him she's going to throw it right in his face that he spent a fortune on his piece of ass last Christmas and tried to fob her off with a crappy CD. And then next thing he's going to be shacked up with the elf maiden, who'll no doubt be knocked up with an elfling, while Emma's lawyer arranges to take half his assets.

by Anonymousreply 3512/25/2011

Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister??

Yeah, so believable.

Bill Nighy is the reason to see this film.

by Anonymousreply 3612/25/2011

I finally saw it for the first time this year, and really enjoyed it. Except for Hugh Grant, who is loathsome in everything since "Four Weddings & a Funeral." Because, as someone posted, he is one-note and untalented.

by Anonymousreply 3712/25/2011

Piece of crap. I don't get the love for it at all.

by Anonymousreply 3812/25/2011

I really liked it.


for a feel-good holiday movie, some of the stories don't end too happily for some of the characters.

by Anonymousreply 3912/25/2011

R4, I am jaded and cynical but I actually enjoy this film for what it is: a light, frothy entertainment without deep meaning. There's typically an annual "Love, Actually" hate thread on DL, so I thought I might as well start it despite my enjoying it.

It has some actors I truly enjoy (Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson) in roles they seemed to enjoy and which they recognize are light. The kid sub plot is fine, and he's a good little actor. Hugh Grant is one note but he played that note well as the PM. His dancing bit was cute. I also thought he did an excellent twist on his one note in About a Boy. Rickman's delivery of the "something in the stationery line" is surprisingly one of the funniest bits.

The sour note for me is Laura Linney. I think she's overrated and was unsuited to this role. The so-called "porn" stand ins and her sub plot were the unnecessary and lowest points of the film. I only ever thought she was good in the John Adams mini-series where she was well cast and did an admirable job as Abigail.

by Anonymousreply 4012/25/2011

Bill Nighy alone is a reason to see this film. Just fast-forward through all the other parts; he is irresistible.

Halfway through watching the film for the first time, I told my partner that I'd really enjoyed my relationship with him, but now I'd found the man of my dreams in Bill Nighy's character and had to leave him (my partner).

by Anonymousreply 4112/25/2011

Not overly fond of Hugh Grant's acting but I loved him in 'About a Boy' which is one of my favourite comfort films. Nick Hoult of course stole the show in that film and then turned into major totty.

by Anonymousreply 4212/25/2011

Anyone who says "actually" deserves the AID

by Anonymousreply 4312/25/2011

Love the bit with Rickman and Atkinson in the store; love Thompson and Rickman in the gift giving scene; thought Kiera and Andrew with the cards at the door was very good; love Nighy; love Rodrigo; loved Hugh's bodyguard singing at the door and Hugh's face. Thought the young girl singing at the Christmas play was good.

Hated Liam and Claudia standing there with their 'Starbuck's coffee; thought Hugh's girlfriend was a joke; thought Firth falling in love with his maid was ridiculous; hated Linney's character; hated Denise Richard's cameo; Hugh = meh.

by Anonymousreply 4412/25/2011

You know it's a bad film when you don't like the always good Laura Linney.

This is the first time I have seen that beautiful Latino actor. I'm STILL waiting for him to do a good nude scene....

by Anonymousreply 4512/25/2011

Sorry, if Love, Actually doesn't have room for a gay storyline, then I don't have room for it.

by Anonymousreply 4612/25/2011

Love it and watched it again last night. There were a few too many stories. Would have been better if more time had been given to deepen some of the better story lines.

Is EVERY A-list Brit actor in this movie?

by Anonymousreply 4712/25/2011

That plot with the actors doing the porn (or non-porn) voice-overs was stolen from another movie anyway. Something with Bob Hoskins in it.

by Anonymousreply 4812/28/2011

For those of you aren't watching the SNL Lindsay Lohan potential train wreck, Love Actually is on ABC Family now.

by Anonymousreply 4903/03/2012

It's on HBO and everything on this thread is right. It is weirdly misogynistic. And how long has Liam Neeson's wife been dead and he's telling his kid he wants to have sex with Claudia Schiffer in his kid's room? And women just throw themselves at schlubby guys? And the prime minister goes after a 22 year old secretary?

by Anonymousreply 5010/29/2012

Me too R7, plus I add Bad(der) Santa to the mix.

by Anonymousreply 5110/29/2012

I fucking hate this movie with the heat of a thousand suns. The misogyny and sexism is overwhelming.Even Hugh Grant and Liam Neeson can't save this POS.

by Anonymousreply 5210/29/2012

I have never seen this movie but have enjoyed the annual threads here.

by Anonymousreply 5310/29/2012

If you expect a good movie, it sucks.

If you have the foresight to expect a nothing movie, it has some very pleasant and beautifully acted moments (Emma Thompson recovering from Alan Rickman's fucking with her mind)

by Anonymousreply 5410/29/2012

Or when Kiera Knightly is doing her duck face as she watches herself in her wedding video (doing duck face) and she says "Oh this is paaarfect" "Oh I look raaahther pretty." "Oh thank you this is jaaast lovely."

Or when the little Satanic kid runs through airport security and you're praying for someone to tase him?

by Anonymousreply 5510/29/2012

If you want sweet, funny British Christmas movie, watch Bernard and the Genie. It's about 20 years old and looks cheap by today's (and american) standards but the jokes are funny, it's entertaining and warm. Starring Alan Cumming, Lenny Henry and Rowan Atkinson.

by Anonymousreply 5610/30/2012

This wasn't "upped" for the holidays. Surprised.

by Anonymousreply 5712/29/2012

This movie is like a bowel movement that has become sentient and crawls into your mouth. The zombies on my new show are somehow less repulsive.

by Anonymousreply 5812/29/2012

What? Nobody mentioned that they liked my performance in this movie? Do you know what incredible acting talent it takes to fuck that fugly Kris Marshall?

Excuse me, I have to go call Don and tell him to send Sally home so I can beat the hell out of her.

by Anonymousreply 5912/29/2012

This excellent article perfectly sums up why it's a terrible movie.

by Anonymousreply 6012/07/2013

I read that review. Can someone get him a Midol?

I want him to review Anniston's movies and post directly to DL.

by Anonymousreply 6112/07/2013

Thanks for posting that, R60.

by Anonymousreply 6212/08/2013

Even though I can't stand romcoms I tried to watch it once, thinking, well, this was one of the cowriters of Blackadder. I'd forgotten about Blackadder series one.

by Anonymousreply 6312/08/2013

This film is schmaltzy and horrid, but I am drawn to it every time it's on.

by Anonymousreply 6412/08/2013

I like it!

by Anonymousreply 6512/08/2013

Gotta love the Atlantic, R60. Agree with every word -- except for the kid. Painful.

Can't wait to see what this guy has to say about that great "romance," "50 Shades of Gray."

by Anonymousreply 6612/08/2013

Romantic comedies are embarrassing.

by Anonymousreply 6712/08/2013

Vile, vulgar garbage. I loathed it at the time when someone made me watch the DVD.

by Anonymousreply 6812/08/2013

Ok, I'm a sap.

I enjoy it.

Of course, I also watched "The Yearling" today for a wallow.

by Anonymousreply 6912/08/2013

I like it too

by Anonymousreply 7012/09/2013

I actually did a search for it to out it in my DVR for holiday viewing. I just can't help it, I love it...

by Anonymousreply 7112/09/2013

Sangster, loved him in his Doctor Who episodes, will be some hot ginger a decade from now.

by Anonymousreply 7212/09/2013

I love it. That little girl singing always makes me weepy.

by Anonymousreply 7312/09/2013

That movie is a PABLUM APOCALYPSE.

by Anonymousreply 7412/09/2013

I hated Love Actually because there are just too many characters in that movie. It looks like they tried to squeeze as many stars as possible into the script and in the end I just didn't care for any of them.

I prefer some European movies which were obviously trying to imitate Love Actually (like Polish "Listy Do M." or Dutch "Alles is Liefde") but they actually surpassed it, mainly because there are less characters in them and you get to know them better. I especially liked "Listy Do M." aka "Letters to Santa".

by Anonymousreply 7512/10/2013

I like it. It's a perfect Christmas movie for me - I get very sentimental and depressed. This movie goes through its own highs and lows and helps me feel balanced afterward.

My favorite line was the Emma Thomson character saying "Joni Mitchell taught your cold English wife how to feel" and then knowing what she was feeling when she opened the CD. Emma said she conjured up her feelings from when her marriage to Kenneth Brannagh was ending for that scene. I always figured she'd (the character) decided to divorce the Alan Rickman character when she was picking him up at the airport.

by Anonymousreply 7612/10/2013

The "Love, Actually" Wars are quite the thing this year, aren't they?

by Anonymousreply 7712/14/2013

Thanks for the link, R60. That was a good read.

by Anonymousreply 7812/14/2013

[quote]Vile, vulgar garbage. I loathed it at the time when someone made me watch the DVD.

Someone MADE you watch it? Oh Dear.

by Anonymousreply 7912/14/2013

Are there any more scheduled broadcasts of L.A. before Xmas this year? How have I missed it? Viewing it (and love/hating it) is an annual holiday event for me!

by Anonymousreply 8012/16/2013

The yearling and war horse?

by Anonymousreply 8112/16/2013

I sort of like it, although I can't even begin to justify why. (Well, Emma Thompson.) But one of the things that creeped me out was Laura Linney calling her brother "darling" and "my love" all the time. WTH? Who does that??

by Anonymousreply 8212/16/2013

R82, it sounded weird because she's American and we don't talk the same way Brits do. That's one of my biggest issues with this movie. Well, that, and her constantly answering the phone especially when the lucky, undeserving bitch gets Rodrigo in her bed.

by Anonymousreply 8312/16/2013

I love/hate this film as well, but Laura Linney is the worst thing in this film. I don't like her mannered acting at all.

by Anonymousreply 8412/16/2013

Watching a DVD of this on a cold rainy afternoon in New England.

Not sure I am going to finish it. Don't care about any of these characters.

by Anonymousreply 8512/29/2013

I liked the Kiera storyline. She thinks Andrew Lincoln (pre-fixed teeth) is in love with his best friend, the groom.

by Anonymousreply 8612/29/2013

my favorite Christmas movie

by Anonymousreply 8712/29/2013

I finally watched the whole movie on Netflix. I started watching it several years ago, but this was the first time I finished it.

My God, what a piece of shit.

by Anonymousreply 8801/29/2014

It's a horrible travesty of a film.

by Anonymousreply 8901/29/2014

[quote] It's a horrible travesty of a film.

But it's got a good beat and it's easy to dance to.

by Anonymousreply 9012/22/2014

Watched it for the first time finally a couple of nights ago. My God, what a vile piece of garbage. Truly. Loathed every frame of it. Unfunny, unromantic, forced and dull. Some great actors made to look absolutely foolish and uninteresting.

by Anonymousreply 9112/22/2014

Horrid, sick making treacle. Squirmed my way through it once and don't plan to watch it again.

by Anonymousreply 9212/22/2014

Andrew Lincoln and Rodrigo Santoro are hot! I love this movie.

by Anonymousreply 9312/22/2014

Peter Noone?

by Anonymousreply 9412/22/2014

This thread is why I love DataLounge.

by Anonymousreply 9512/22/2014

[quote] This thread is why I love DataLounge.

R95, all I want for Christmas is you!

by Anonymousreply 9612/23/2014

Thanks to this thread I watched it last night. It's on Netflix streaming.

It wasn't so bad that I had to turn it off. I wanted to see all the parts talked about here. The review at R60 pretty much explains why it's a ridiculous movie.

But what the heck -- it's nice that some people on DL love it. It's what makes the world go 'round.

Rodrigo Santoro was an appealing diversion. If I was Laura Linney I would have bribed the doctor to load up the brother with Thorazine so I could have had a proper go at Rodrigo.

by Anonymousreply 9712/23/2014

I like this film but I abhor Laura Linney in all she does except the Adams series.

by Anonymousreply 9812/23/2014

Horrid little movie. That ghastly, bug eyed, child is THE WORST part of the movie. Him running past security makes me ill. I was hoping they would shoot him, preferably in his ugly face.

by Anonymousreply 9912/24/2014

Hugh Grant's opening line about people phoning their loved ones from the planes that hit the twin towers is the most grotesque and sick manipulation of a cinema audience’s feelings that I’ve ever seen since Leni von Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will.

by Anonymousreply 10012/24/2014

[quote] Hugh Grant's opening line about people phoning their loved ones from the planes that hit the twin towers is the most grotesque and sick manipulation of a cinema audience’s feelings that I’ve ever seen since Leni von Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will.

But Leni did it with less stuttering and more elan.

by Anonymousreply 10112/24/2014

[quote]Or when Kiera Knightly is doing her duck face as she watches herself in her wedding video (doing duck face) and she says "Oh this is paaarfect" "Oh I look raaahther pretty." "Oh thank you this is jaaast lovely."

Or when she giggles "You've stayed rather close, haven't you?" (re: Andrew Lincoln's camerawork) and sounds posher than the Queen.

by Anonymousreply 10212/24/2014

Hugh Grant in this actually feels a bit like a bachelor version of David Cameron.

by Anonymousreply 10312/24/2014

R103 And this was several years before anyone knew about him (when he became the Tory leader)

At the time he probably seemed vaguely like Blair but then Britain had entered Iraq and Blair's image had morphed from golden boy to mad-eyed warmonger, so maybe not.

by Anonymousreply 10412/24/2014

Sloane Ranger Keira Knightley of course marries a black man (Chiwetel Ejiofor) in this oh-so-politically correct mush-fest. BBC Three or Four once had this program called "Peckham Finishing School" where 4 insufferable rah-rah girls went to stay with some chav girls in Peckham (a rough part of London) and at one point one of them says their dad would hit the roof if she ever brought a black boyfriend home.

by Anonymousreply 10512/24/2014

R105 not to mention the Prime Minister marrying some secretary from skid row. PLEASE. A bachelor would never be elected in the first place.

by Anonymousreply 10612/24/2014

[quote]A bachelor would never be elected in the first place.

Edward Heath?

by Anonymousreply 10712/24/2014

R107, was he a GAY?

by Anonymousreply 10812/24/2014

Just finished watching this as a part of my annual xmas eve tradition. All I can say is: What a bunch of Scrooges here!

Although I am second to none in my hate for this season, I always feel a little better after watching.

by Anonymousreply 10912/24/2014

R107, those were pre-"family values" days.

by Anonymousreply 11012/24/2014

R108 From Wikipedia:

[quote]John Campbell, who published a biography of Heath in 1993, devoted four pages to a discussion of the evidence concerning Heath's sexuality. Whilst acknowledging that Heath was often assumed by the public to be gay, not least because it is "nowadays ... whispered of any bachelor" he found "no positive evidence" that this was so "except for the faintest unsubstantiated rumour" (the footnote refers to a mention of a "disturbing incident" at the beginning of the Second World War in a 1972 biography by Andrew Roth). In 2007, Brian Coleman, the Conservative Party London Assembly member for Barnet and Camden, claimed that Heath, in order to protect his career, stopped cottaging for gay sex in the 1950s. Coleman claimed it was "common knowledge" among Conservatives that Heath had been given a stern warning by police when he underwent background checks for the post of Privy Councillor.[61][62] Heath's biographer Philip Ziegler writes that Coleman was able to provide “little or no evidence” to back up this statement, that no man has ever claimed to have had a sexual relationship with Heath, nor is any trace of homosexuality to be found in his papers, and that “those who knew him well” insist that he had no such inclination. He believes Heath to have been “asexual”. Charles Moore's authorised biography of Margaret Thatcher states that Bill Deedes believed that Thatcher “seem(ed) convinced” Heath was homosexual, whilst Moore believes it is “possible” that Thatcher’s reference, in interview in 1974, to Heath not having a family, was a deliberate hint that he was gay, in order to discredit him. In 2014, Jeremy Norman, owner of the chain 'Soho Gyms' and friend of Heath, claimed that Heath was "most likely gay".

by Anonymousreply 11112/25/2014

R109 I agree with you.

It's a romantic comedy. There's no deep philosophical meaning, it's just fun and one of my Christmas traditions too.

by Anonymousreply 11212/25/2014

I love it.

by Anonymousreply 11312/25/2014

Me too. Watching it has become an annual tradition in our family. Saw it this morning and now I can't get that song out of my head, "I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes….." LOL

by Anonymousreply 11412/25/2014

I thought New Year's Eve was garbage but amusing when a little drunk. Would This work the same way?

by Anonymousreply 11512/25/2014

I just saw it tonight, Christmas night, due to the DL buzz, though I haven't read the thread yet, I wanted to post thoughts as they came to me.

I thought the Brit that came to Minnesota and found 4 hots American girls must be being set-up for a robbery, not an escapade. Then later I figureed the film must have been made for a British audience with no idea what American girls are really like.

by Anonymousreply 11612/25/2014

One fun thing about seeing a 10 year-old movie for the first time, is picking out all the actors who went on to success. The sheriff from the Walking Dead was HOT as a young man!

Then their were the actors that disappeared, seamingly.

by Anonymousreply 11712/25/2014

Bill Nighy's performance made me wish I was 12 years old again. I might have enjoyed it at that age. That and "fart" jokes.

by Anonymousreply 11812/25/2014

Well, overall, I think I am grateful that I will never have to watch that again.

I did like Emma Thompson's performance. Also, Colin Firth and his GF were cute. Even if unbelievable, it IS a romantic comedy, after all. I do like the head-fake with Andrew Lincoln suggested to be pining for his best pal.

Rodriguez got better and better with each scene, which left me wanting more. It was rather stupid that these two adults might work together, like each other, each know it, and not, well, have coffee? Is that too much to ask? Here's the fix for that mess of a sub-plot - after the botched one-night stand, he pokes his head into her office, and asks her if she'd like to get coffee. Then it becomes less about sex only, but more about "I like you". That fixes the whole cluster-fuck.

Mr. Bean was good. The rest, should have been left on the cutting rioom floor. At 2h 15m it could have been cut down some place.

by Anonymousreply 11912/25/2014

Laura Linney, who I think is horrid, is at her worst in this film.

by Anonymousreply 12012/25/2014

I've never seen it, but Greg Gutfeld talks about how much he hates it at least 10 times a year. He did a whole segment about his hatred of the film on his Christmas Eve show.

by Anonymousreply 12112/25/2014

R116 What are they like?

by Anonymousreply 12212/26/2014

God, what a bunch of Scrooges you all are. It's a fluffy little feel good Christmas movie. Of course none of the stories pass the 'reality' test, but so what? Suspend disbelief just a bitter old cranks. Relax and enjoy the magic of the season.

by Anonymousreply 12312/26/2014

It's a terrible movie! What else is there to say? The dreadful attempt by Colin Firth a speaking Portuguese is something he should be ashamed of for the rest of his life. He seems like a nice guy and should have said no, I cannot do it.

As for the filmmakeers, they should have stopped at Notting Hill, which was the successful version of this tripe.

by Anonymousreply 12412/26/2014

I hate this movie so much I cannot go through this thread.

by Anonymousreply 12512/26/2014

Clearly written by a man. No woman EVER would stop a make out session with a mind blowingly hot Brazilian. Also, what's the bullshit with the women being in service (maid/cleaner, secretary, assistant) positions? Is that all the writers can imagine women to be?

by Anonymousreply 12612/26/2014

Yeah, that was frustrating, R126. WTF didn't she just turn off her phone? It's not like the nutter brother wouldn't survive if she didn't pick up EVERY damned time he calls. And why would the caregivers at the hospital even allow him to call her so obsessively?

by Anonymousreply 12712/26/2014

R122, American girls do not travel in pacts on 100% hotness and collectively throw themselves as a group, sober, onto any ugly stranger of no means in the course of an evening.

As I mentioned, the entire thing is believable, if instead of bedding him, they robbed him; [italic]that[/italic], would be believable. American girls aren't all dishonest, but they are all smart. They might instead have somehow found his presumption to be so ridiculous and rude, that they found some other way to make a fool of him. But bedding him? They might as well have been Martians. It strains credibility too much.

by Anonymousreply 12812/26/2014

[R122], American girls do not travel in pacts

In Warsaw they do.

by Anonymousreply 12912/26/2014

[quote]American girls do not travel in pacts on 100% hotness and collectively throw themselves as a group, sober, onto any ugly stranger of no means in the course of an evening.

Of course I realise that in real life a group of stunners wouldn't go completely gaga over some random average English bloke just because of his accent. But I thought you were maybe suggesting American girls are unapproachable or not to be trusted.

by Anonymousreply 13012/26/2014

God I kept waiting for the robbery/joke/set-up whatever too! It simply couldn't be that Curtis would actually write that the Fuggo from the BT ads goes to some bar in Bumfuck, Minnesota and finds three goddesses with nothing better to do than screw him.

by Anonymousreply 13112/26/2014

I mean, I'm sure that whole segment was just meant to be a joke rather than a believable scenario but it wasn't actually funny.

by Anonymousreply 13212/26/2014

"the Fuggo from the BT ads goes to some bar in Bumfuck, Minnesota and finds three goddesses with nothing better to do than screw him."

Have you ever been to the less interesting parts of Minnesota in the winter? There IS nothing better to do there.

by Anonymousreply 13312/26/2014

R133 But would you find 3 beautiful women there? Or would they have gotten out and moved somewhere bigger and better as soon as they could?

by Anonymousreply 13412/27/2014

Being a traveller, it's hit or miss. You may meet gorgeous women, or you may meet really weird people (including weird women). The crazy is always sort of part of the experience, but there's nice crazy (and attractive), and the unpleasant one.

by Anonymousreply 13512/27/2014

R135 But people who go "travelling" (personally I think it's just a glorified holiday) don't usually go to Milwaukee.

by Anonymousreply 13612/28/2014

[quote] But people who go "travelling" (personally I think it's just a glorified holiday) don't usually go to Milwaukee.

There's a (contrived, of course) conversation in the film as to why Milwaukee is chosen.

by Anonymousreply 13712/28/2014

"Love, Actually" is actually a chick flick for dudes.

I mean, on what planet would the fuggo get 3 attractive women to bed? The middle-aged men all get younger women who wait on them and clean up after them ... Rickman, who is no beauty, has a much younger secretary pining after him. The whole movie is a fairy tale for middle-aged mid-life crising hetero males.

by Anonymousreply 13812/28/2014

[quote]And why would the caregivers at the hospital even allow him to call her so obsessively?

That's what I said to my friend. No way a hospital would give unfettered access of a phone to a mental patient.

by Anonymousreply 13912/28/2014

I can't watch it because I just can't imagine the bride storyline ending any other way that with Egg from This Life raping Keira Knightley and wearing her as a skin suit.

by Anonymousreply 14001/01/2015

On TBS now.

by Anonymousreply 14102/14/2015

To me it's unwatchable. But people swear by it.

by Anonymousreply 14202/14/2015


by Anonymousreply 14312/03/2016

You know you adore this film.

by Anonymousreply 14412/03/2016

[quote]Rodriguez got better and better with each scene, which left me wanting more. It was rather stupid that these two adults might work together, like each other, each know it, and not, well, have coffee? Is that too much to ask? Here's the fix for that mess of a sub-plot - after the botched one-night stand, he pokes his head into her office, and asks her if she'd like to get coffee. Then it becomes less about sex only, but more about "I like you". That fixes the whole cluster-fuck.

This is the part that bugs me. She didn't sleep with him that one night so now they'll never be more than co-workers?

by Anonymousreply 14512/03/2016

This is the first film in which I saw Laura Linney. I despised her in it and have since.

by Anonymousreply 14612/03/2016

This is cinematic shitfest in which everything PLUS the kitchen sink was thrown into it like a bag of assorted Christmas candy. Something for everybody! A holiday classic! More Brit bang for your buck! Even my love for Bill Nighy could not redeem this pile of crap.

by Anonymousreply 14712/03/2016

I love this movie. If you haven't seen Linney in anything else, then you missed "You Can Count On Me" which is also a wonderful movie.

by Anonymousreply 14812/03/2016

I don't care what you bitches say, I love it.

by Anonymousreply 14912/03/2016

I'm not a fan of this film at all but the scene where Emma Thompson opens her Christmas present from Alan Rickman and it's a Joni Mitchell CD always get to me.

by Anonymousreply 15012/04/2016

[quote]That's what I said to my friend. No way a hospital would give unfettered access of a phone to a mental patient.

My theory is that he's physically resistant to sedatives and the staff just gives him access to the phone and day room to get him off their backs.

by Anonymousreply 15112/15/2016

It's on Bravo now!!!

by Anonymousreply 15212/17/2016

The little girl does the voice of Marceline, vampire queen, on Adventure Time. She's got a great voice.

by Anonymousreply 15312/17/2016

Chris Matthews' favorite movie. All you need to know.

by Anonymousreply 15412/17/2016

Laura Linney is abhorrent. I don't see why she's considered such a "fine" actress. Her subplot with her ghastly brother could have been removed and detracted not at all from the film. In fact, subtraction would have been addition in this case.

by Anonymousreply 15512/17/2016

Are we really going to pretend the PM didn't fall in love because of her giant cans?

by Anonymousreply 15612/17/2016

No, we are not, R156. She was a large girl. Big through the hips, roomy.

by Anonymousreply 15712/17/2016

Wasn't the actress a nightmare in real life or am I thinking of someone else.

by Anonymousreply 15812/17/2016

Why couldn't Laura Linney tell her batshit brother she would call him back later so she could go ahead and fuck that hottie? She should be in the psych ward for that.

by Anonymousreply 15912/17/2016

Yeah, this was the first time i experienced the hotness that is Rodrigo...and now he's on Westworld, so that's a bonus. I agree about her not putting her phone into airplane mode when she had that in her bed and ready to fuck the living hell out of her.

I loved the scene with Mr. Bean and Alan Rickman (wrapping the gift at the department store) family and i always die and voice over that scene when we watch the movie.

It is definitely a sappy movie, but sometimes, you need a little unbelievable hope that something in your life might remotely resemble one of these (happier) plot lines.

by Anonymousreply 16012/17/2016

Claudia Schiffer, Denise Richards, prettied things up a tad.

The chicks had to counter because the boys in the film were bringing some serious pretty, upstaging them.

Andrew Lincoln, Rodrigo Santoro, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant were bringing the heat.

by Anonymousreply 16112/17/2016

They didn't do a very good job of explaining why the prime minister wasn't with the chippy who slid down the fire pole with her panties on view - is it because she was dating Mr. Darcy?

by Anonymousreply 16212/18/2016

Hillary, Actually.

by Anonymousreply 16312/18/2016

She's cute, and a perfectly fine singer, but wasn't anyone else creeped out by a 10-year-old singing "All I want for Christmas Is You"?

by Anonymousreply 16412/18/2016

Yes, the worst part of this move is Linney constantly answering her phone when her psycho brother calls. If I had that hotness in my bed the phone would be thrown out a window.

by Anonymousreply 16512/18/2016

Naked Martin Freeman! (The supposed humor derives from him being the one guy we don't ever fancy seeing nude).

Movie is typical Curtis: smug AND twee, a nauseating combination.

by Anonymousreply 16612/19/2016


by Anonymousreply 16712/22/2016

Here I thought Kevin from Home Alone was THE most annoying child in movies. But Sam takes the cake. Thomas Sangster should NOT be acting period.

Children are NOT supposed to be self aware around adults. Does Curtis even have children?

Keira Knightley was absolutely dreadful in this. As was the usually reliable Emma Thompson who was horribly miscast. HER character actually made me angry at the entire movie.

by Anonymousreply 16812/22/2016

Laura Linney is by far the worst thing about this film with the possible exception of her life-wilting brother.

by Anonymousreply 16912/22/2016

Loathe it because of the awful script, not because of the fine cast. I adore Emma Thompson and Laura Libbey especially

by Anonymousreply 17012/22/2016

This is my favourite Christmas movie, it never fails to make me cry.

by Anonymousreply 17112/22/2016

It's wonderful. Totally ridiculous, but ultimately heartfelt. Emma Thompson and Bill Nighy are the MVPs... I haven't watched it this season. I should get on that

by Anonymousreply 17212/22/2016

Emma Thompson's face when she opens the gift is enough to bring me to tears.

by Anonymousreply 17312/22/2016

It pisses me off that the love interest of the Prime Minister was considered 'fat' with tree-trunk thighs and a sizable ass, etc. She was adorable just the way she was. And Andrew Lincoln was cute, too. Annoying character, but cute. Not as scary as he looks these days on TWD. I have the movie on the DVR, but I'm not sure I'll watch this year or not.

by Anonymousreply 17412/22/2016

It also introduced us to the lovely Andrew Lincoln.

by Anonymousreply 17512/22/2016

It's an annual Christmas tradition in our house.

by Anonymousreply 17612/24/2016

I did watch it this afternoon (Christmas Eve) but I fast forwarded through the parts I don't like. Like the stupid trip to America. Yeah, all American girls are whores, we get it... And George Bush was a stupid bully. But I love the Keira Knightley & Andrew Lincoln scenes and Colin Firth.

by Anonymousreply 17712/24/2016

R164 oversexualized children are just one of Love Actually's many cringeworthy charms!

by Anonymousreply 17812/25/2016

I've never gotten the love for Atkinson. He's basically a Brit Jerry Lewis and all his stuff is predictable. Linney is both miscast and her role makes little sense--I'm guessing there may have been more to it but it wound up on the cutting room floor.

Heath is the kind of pasty-faced British Prime Minister who you always figured liked little boys.

by Anonymousreply 17912/25/2016

She was fat.

by Anonymousreply 18012/25/2016

I am the biggest prude in the world, but even I would hang up on a family member in distress if I had Rodrigo Santoro in my bed. What were you thinking, Laura Linney?

Sam caring more about his classmate crush than his recently deceased mother always pisses me off. Maybe because the girl has the same name as his mother, he is using her as a proxy - but it just strikes me as him being cold and disaffected.

I agree with everyone else above that Emma Thompson discovering the necklace, receiving the Joni Mitchell CD instead, and her ensuing crying scene is a masterclass in acting. Breaks my heart every time.

by Anonymousreply 18112/25/2016

I always thought this movie was dreadful. But if I could rewrite it to make it a little less dreadful, I would have Emma Thompson's character (who is resigned to "tolerating" her husband's wandering eye) run off with that hot Brazilian guy who was rebuffed by Laura Linney.

by Anonymousreply 18212/25/2016

Thompson's performance is twee. Twee is whimsy without wit. It is mimsy-mumsy sweetness without any kind of bite. And that's not for me. She can't really act, I'm afraid.

by Anonymousreply 18312/27/2016

I like the idea of the movie showing different snippets of people's lives in London. But some of the writing is just stupid. For example, Emma Thompson opens one present, it isn't what she thought it would be and she starts crying? How does she know that Alan Rickman didn't save the present for Christmas Day?

Laura Linney was the weakest link. And her story didn't make sense. How did an American woman get a job in London and then get her supposedly American brother into a British mental institution? They should have ditched the brother storyline and given that role to Martine McCutcheon.

by Anonymousreply 18412/27/2016

This movie made me a STAR!!

by Anonymousreply 18512/27/2016

I can't believe I've never seen this film before. It popped up on one of the premium channels I mysteriously get for free, so I watched it.

1) I understand everyone knew Liam's wife was going to die, therefore they'd had time to accept the inevitable but still... little Jojen Reed sure is over that hump rather quickly. What stood out to me was Liam corrected Claudia Schiffer when she asked if he was Sam's dad. "Stepdad," he says, right after lil Jojen called him "Dad" for the first time!

2.) The Portuguese maid looked like a drudge to me. Firth only goes Gaga for her when she strips down to her undies and tattoo. And Firth learns Portuguese while she learns English in one week!

3) I hate Kiera Knightly. She's a teeth talker. I hate teeth talkers. Keeley Hawes is also a teeth talker. I yell, "God sakes woman, put your teeth back inside your mouth! Have you no sense of decorum, letting your teeth dangle out of your lips like that?"

4) What's with all the aquatic life in the nativity play?

5) That secretary in Rickman's office. Could she BE any more of a temptress? Splitting her legs at him like that. I thought, "Sheesh, she may as well have devil's horns and carry a pitchfork!" Annnnnd....cue devil's horns (Now I can't remember -- was anyone else wearing costumes at the Christmas party?) Those bug eyes...eww.

6) I hate that Death in Paradise guy even more now, which I thought hardly possible.

7) Why did the PM's teatime girl apologize for being molested by the president?

Oh, there's more, but .... whatever

(Some of you are so mean to lil Jojen. You will feel terrible to know he grew up sickly and was killed by rampaging ice sculptures.)

by Anonymousreply 18603/02/2017

The "much-awaited" sequel will air on BBC on March 24 and two months later in the US (on NBC)

by Anonymousreply 18703/02/2017

More to love, more to hate: someone should bump this thread for the sequel, just for old time's sake.

by Anonymousreply 18803/02/2017

Emma Thompson will not be in the remake.

by Anonymousreply 18903/02/2017

It's only going to be a short for Red Nose Day, not a movie.

by Anonymousreply 19003/02/2017

Sorry, I was wrong. Jojen is killed by rampaging skeletons, not by WWs.

by Anonymousreply 19103/02/2017

Colin frissell is the best

by Anonymousreply 19203/02/2017

So did they broadcast the short in the UK for Red Nose Day?

by Anonymousreply 19305/07/2017

[quote] American girls aren't all dishonest, but they are all smart.

Yeah, that's why none of them voted for Trump


by Anonymousreply 19405/07/2017

[quote]So did they broadcast the short in the UK for Red Nose Day?

They did. It was nice seeing the actors return but it was nonsensical and unfunny. For the US they're adding a bit with Patrick Dempsey as if that will help.

by Anonymousreply 19505/07/2017
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