Romantic comedy follows the lives and loves of about ten different couples in Britain.
There were several surprises among the Cosmo nominations this year. One was Laura Linney's nomination. Not that she got nominated for Supporting Actress - she was always on pundits' lists of possibilities. But the surprise was that she ended up nominated for Love Actually rather than Mystic River (beating out Emma Thompson, whose own stellar performance in Love Actually received more attention from the critics).
I originally gave this film an A-, but it's one of those movies that just sticks with you. I keep thinking about it, and might actually go back and see it again in the theaters, and for that reason I have to upgrade it to a solid A.
Those who like the standard Hugh Grant comedies like "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Notting Hill" will enjoy his performance. Those who aren't so thrilled with that will appreciate that he's just a piece of a terrific ensemble, and many of the other storylines are very unconventional in the traditional romantic comedy sense. The film is a lot more risqué than these films usually are, and includes nudity. Some of the stories are about unconventional couples, and have unexpected outcomes.
I cannot say too much more without revealing too much. This one will definitely make my Cosmo list for several categories, including Best Ensemble, Best Comedy, Intimate Actress (Keira Knightley), Intimate Actor (Andrew Lincoln, Rodrigo Santoro), and Best Supporting Actress (Laura Linney).
My grade: A
Emma Thompson gave a powerful performance that was well received with the BAFTAs and other awards. It's nice to see that Laura Linney's equal performance has now also been recognized.
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