One of the more interesting movies of 2003, Love Actually is a hilarious, romantic, emotional roller-coaster chronicling the effects of love on an interconnecting web of individuals. Filled with a number of memorable scenes, yet completely ignored by the Academy Awards, Love Actually is the type of film enjoyed by a wide array of people.
I have yet to meet anyone who didn't like it, which is saying a lot considering this could fall under the category of "chick flick." What makes Love Actually a successful film is its ability to identity with each audience member on a personal level. Each character is easy to relate toand the multiple story-lines are surprisingly easy to follow.
Starring a plethora of Hollywood stars and starlets (Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, etc), Love Actuallyfollows the lives of various and loosely connected characters as they struggle to deal with their love lives in the hectic month leading up to Christmas. Set in London, the film is a collage of various lives. The central character is the world's most eligible bachelor, the new Prime Minister named David (Hugh Grant), a powerful man who falls in love with his newly hired personal assistant Natalie (Martine McCutcheon), but can barely summon the courage to tell her how he feels.
The film also follows the life of the Prime Minister's older sister Karen (Emma Thompson), a woman struggling with her husband Harry's (Alan Rickman) possible infidelity with an office co-worker named Mia (Heike Makatsch), who she knows is after him. Meanwhile, Karen confides in her male friend Daniel (Liam Neeson). He is concerned about the strange behavior of his young son, who he later finds out is in love with a young girl in his class — a girl who will soon move to the United States.