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Hammerman Ikon Film Guide

Love Actually
Director: Richard Curtis
Cast: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Martine McCutcheon, Bill Nighy, Rowan Atkinson, Lúcia Moniz, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Richard Curtis, who wrote the delightful Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill, makes his directorial debut with this overlong and overegged romantic comedy, which has become an enduring Christmas classic. Curtis clearly wasn't his own worst critic when he wrote and directed this messy collection of ten different storylines about love. Many of the stories have nothing to do with love, some of them don't offer a believable moment, and the rest feel like first drafts of unfinished stories. There are a few funny moments but it is cheesy and set entirely in movie reality.