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The same critics who drool over the complexities of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite will look down on Love Actually. Yet the British film has that rare quality charm, and is packed with belly-laugh comedy balanced by something-in-my-eye tragedy. Love Actually was written and directed by Richard Curtis of Notting Hill and Four Weddings fame. Curtis manages to interweave thread after thread of story exploring the nature of love: its often indiscriminate, incongruous and inconvenient arrival; loss; innocence; the power to break barriers; the power to endure. And he does it with a light touch that leaves the audience headache free with a Beach Boys classic to play us out smiling. For once the phrase ‘ensemble piece’ fits perfectly; and with what a cast: Bill Nighy , Emma Thompson ; Liam Neeson ; Alan Rickman , Colin Firth ; Laura Linney; Gregor Fisher; Hugh Grant ; Rowan Atkinson ; Kris Marshall; Martin Freeman ; Martine McCutcheon; Keira Knightley ... The movie is a chocolate box of brilliant theatrical moments: Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister taking the unpleasant President down a peg; Billy Mack’s anarchic PR tour for his ‘festering turd of a record’; Rowan Atkinson twice as deus ex machina; the PM’s bodyguard having a wonderful bass voice; any moment with Emma Thompson. A film bound to appear on TV every Christmas for the next 50 years, to be watched with someone you love.

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