Love Actually | EW.com

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Making his directorial debut, writer Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill) assembles an A-list cast for his 10 interwoven budding and wilting love stories. Among them: The debonair British prime minister (Grant) is taken with his chubby assistant (Martine McCutcheon); an American expat (Laura Linney) works up the nerve to pursue a sexy colleague (Rodrigo Santoro); and a middle-aged mom (Thompson) suspects her husband (Alan Rickman) of having an affair. Despite a surfeit of story lines, with conclusions that range from confusing to sitcom-tidy, Love is too sweet to resist. EXTRAS In the only noteworthy feature, Curtis teams up with cast members Grant, Bill Nighy, and Thomas Sangster for a comic commentary – discussing which scenes were cribbed from Four Weddings, reasons behind casting and musical choices, and Thompson’s fat suit (yup, she wore one, to pad out her svelte frame).

Originally posted May 7 2004 β€” 12:00 AM EDT

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