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AIBU to think Love Actually was written for a bet

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Baileyscheesecake Sat 13-Jan-18 11:22:40

I've just watched Love Actually for the first time. (Yes I know I'm behind the times - it was released in 2003). Just from watching the trailer when it was released it never appealed to me but after someone on mumsnet said it was her fav film and she watches it every Christmas I thought I'd give it a chance.

I can't believe how atrocious it is and my only conclusion is that Richard Curtis wrote it as a bet to prove that he could write and direct a film with the weakest storylines and poorest drawn characters imaginable and still get a best selling film: held together only by fantastic cinematography, feel good music and talented actors.

Even the part brilliantly played by Bill Nighy points to the truth - he releases a crap song just for the Christmas market which he himself admits is terrible and it incredulously gets to number one based on hype, marketing and the terrible taste of the general public. Was Richard Curtis laughing behind our backs all the way to the bank?

MsVestibule Sat 13-Jan-18 11:30:40

It does appear to be quite a divisive film! Despite enjoying romantic comedies, I didn’t watch this until a couple of years ago and thought it was absolute tripe. I couldn’t believe how bad the storylines and the script was.

CourtneyLoveIsMySpiritAnimal Sat 13-Jan-18 11:32:48

<In before someone links to that Jezebel article for the 50,000th time>

NewYearNiki Sat 13-Jan-18 11:33:07

Bill Nighy as Billy Mack makes me laugh.

Other than that. Shite.

MakeMisogynyAHateCrime Sat 13-Jan-18 11:33:24

I’m with you! It’s a bag of shite and some for sure bet him to write the worst film ever. You’ve turned it into a Black Mirror episode now and for that I love you. grin

If I meet someone and they mention Love Actually (and people who like it always do) then I know we can never be friends. So it’s quite useful in that respect.

PrinceofWales Sat 13-Jan-18 11:33:41

Ah now I love it.

It sums up a lot of what I feel is special about Christmas and family, I love the humour in it and the amazing cast. It's my ultimate feel good film and I love saving it for the run up to Christmas.

Battleax Sat 13-Jan-18 11:34:23

He's been phoning it in for a while and was a one trick pony to start with.

Jojoanna Sat 13-Jan-18 11:37:18

I think it’s rubbisjh

LaurieMarlow Sat 13-Jan-18 11:37:20

www.google.co.uk/amp/s/jezebel.com/i-rewatched-love-actually-and-am-here-to-ruin-it-for-al-1485136388/amp

This is hilarious.

Despite seeing LA for the tripe that it is, I can still enjoy watching it, so go figure.

Curtis's direction is so slick. He's always knows how to push the right buttons, in a way that's almost cynical when you step back from it.

Pengggwn Sat 13-Jan-18 11:37:43

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LaurieMarlow Sat 13-Jan-18 11:38:54

Dammit, I thought I was being original. grin

Still 'cockblocktopus' (or whatever) will never not deserve an outing.

juliesaway Sat 13-Jan-18 11:39:58

It’s a god awful, pisstakey film, hammily acted, utterly cringeworthy and saccharine sweet. Good to watch when drunk or on drugs.

Jayfee Sat 13-Jan-18 11:40:16

I thought this was THE most boring film ever!

Battleax Sat 13-Jan-18 11:40:33

I keep retrying it every few years, thinking the Emma Thomson storyline is something that gets you in the ribs at a "certain age". Still nothing so far.

I think that's Martine's own acccent Peng.

Tartyflette Sat 13-Jan-18 11:41:36

It's a weird thing but when I first saw it in 2003 or whenever I thought it was utter crap too, (ditto Notting Hill apart from the mayonnaise joke which made me laugh like a drain) but now if I watch it on TV (accidentally, of course grin ) it has a sort of comforting, if hackneyed, familiarity to it. And I don't mind it nearly as much as I did back then, when it was a huge disappointment.
Many, many parts of it are still execrable, of course.

mercurymaze Sat 13-Jan-18 11:42:26

Agree with you I find it a really wincey film im embarrassed for everyone in it

SaucyJack Sat 13-Jan-18 11:43:09

The Emma Thompson storyline made me cry. Been there meself when I was younger.

Genuinely pleased for anyone who didn't relate to that.

Pengggwn Sat 13-Jan-18 11:43:17

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WizardOfToss Sat 13-Jan-18 11:49:07

I am Emma Thompson in that film. It’s spot on.

Other than that, it is enjoyable bollocks.

Battleax Sat 13-Jan-18 11:49:18

I'm not going to watch again to check grin

Yes, the toned down swearingbia weird, it's true.

Battleax Sat 13-Jan-18 11:50:53

Genuinely pleased for anyone who didn't relate to that.

Oh sorry sad

I think it's the keeping totally quiet I don't get.

Sparklingbrook Sat 13-Jan-18 11:58:55

I don't like it at all. but I am not a fan of the whole Four Wedding and a Funeral/Notting Hill stuff. One watch is suffice.

Hoppinggreen Sat 13-Jan-18 11:59:48

That blog article is bloodd hilarious!,!

derxa Sat 13-Jan-18 12:01:24

I watched it in its entirety for the first time last year because of MN. It's so wrong it's right. Why do films get school productions so wrong? It also has two of my most unfavourite actors in it. Martine Mc and Alan Rickman (RIP nothing against him personally). Otherwise I enjoyed it grin

AnElderlyLadyOfMediumHeight Sat 13-Jan-18 12:01:28

'Enjoyable bollocks' is spot on. For whatever unfathomable reason, my dh, whose fare of choice is usually in the gruesome action-film genre or invoves Bruce Lee, utterly loves it. We watch it together every Christmas. It's a ritual.

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