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Some goofball critic at Rotten Tomatoes said this: "Plenty of entertainment in this well acted ensemble comedy that Robert Altman could easily have put his name on."

 

Somewhere, Robert Altman is preparing bloody vengeance from beyond the grave for this particular critic. This - to me - is like saying that "Grown Ups" would have been a fine addition to Fellini's canon.

 

Imagine making a film out of the loglines from ten awful romantic comedies and you have "Love Actually." But this is a film that is well worth watching in order for the discerning viewer to vent his or her spleen while yelling as a constant parade of well known actors prove that when it comes to reciting garbage, not even a nice English accent can cover the stench.

 

Watch it and see which love story irritates you the most. Is it the porn body doubles who talk sweetly as they simulate on-camera sex? Is it the brilliant writer who falls head over heels for his cleaning lady?Is it the story that sees Prime Minister Hugh Grant realizing that he can't live without his buxom aide? Is it the bromance between the old glam rocker and his long-suffering manager?

 

No cliche is unutilized, no logic is applied, no cheap sentimentality is unexploited.

 

Worth watching for the funeral scene where Liam Neeson's wife's coffin is carried out of the church to the strains of the Bay City Rollers.

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No cliche is unutilized, no logic is applied, no cheap sentimentality is unexploited.

 

 

And I loved every minute of it!

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Me too - to my eternal shame.

 

Fortunately, I was born without shame.

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Come on the movie was great and wouldn't at all be a good idea for a podcast. In fact, most people you meet would say that it's a great film. After all everyone's romantic at heart :-)

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I like this movie. Not great but a decent romantic comedy. The worst you can say that it was mediocre and cliche which doesn't really work for the show. I think the best episodes involve the truly ridiculous rather than the blandly mundane.

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I think Doug Benson said it best when he said some of the stories are good and some are not so good. The one with Colin Firth is works for the first scene, but keeps going on far too long with the same gag and becomes tiresome quickly. The one with the English guy in America could have been played with a bit more subtlety, but some of the other stories are engaging and heartwarming (and that's said as a guy who generally doesn't like romance movies).

 

Valentine's Day on the other hand copies many of the stories (a kid with a crush anyone?) and it's like watching several trains on a collision course.

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