Again, the foppish Hugh Grant is at the center of it all, this time as a guy who managed to become the Prime Minister of England simply by being charmingly self-deprecating, but still has a tough time meeting ladies. Sound far-fetched? Well, it is, as are many of the eight stories at the center of the film. Just think of Love Actually
as the romcom version of Rocky IV
: it’s all about wish fulfillment. Can love save the day? Sure it can. Can Hugh Grant get Britain to stop taking shit from an arrogant American President not so loosely based on Dubya? If Rocky can end the Cold War, then you bet your ass Hugh Grant can get England to grow some balls.
When Hugh Grant announced last year that he was thinking of taking a break from acting, the British economy spiraled into a Depression.OVERRATEDAs Good As It Gets
In this film, Jack Nicholson thankfully plays himself and Helen Hunt unfortunately plays a supposedly attractive blue-collar waitress trying to care for her sick son. While the movie could have focused on the engaging misanthropic lunacy at the heart of one of Nicholson’s finest characters, it wanders off into the realms of heartstring tugging, cute puppies and “you complete me” pabulum.Verdict:
It’s occasionally enjoyable, but you can almost feel your stomach drop as the film begins veering toward a Hollywood ending mid-way through. It’s probably worth watching for the scene in which Nicholson tells a Jewish couple that they should “shampoo his crotch,” but, at the same time, it’s contemptible for what it squanders.