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What I didn't like about "Love, Actually" (spoilers)

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  • What I didn't like about "Love, Actually" (spoilers)

    There are spoilers in this, if you haven't seen the movie and don't want
    to be spoiled, please don't keep reading. If you can't help yourself and
    do it anyway, please don't blame me for your own weakness! :-)
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    I went to this movie prepared to be utterly charmed. I left frustrated
    with the good stuff they DIDN'T do.

    First of all, that wedding video SHOULD have been all closeups of the
    friend Peter. If this is a movie about love in all it's splendor there
    was just no reason at all to change that one to be hetero.

    Second, it was just excruciating watching the trainwreck in slow
    motion with Mia the secretary. Why didn't a grown man say "that's not
    appropriate and you're making me uncomfortable" when he had the
    opportunity once, twice, at least THREE TIMES! What the hell was he
    thinking - tabloid articles about his marriage would be nice? (He's the
    prime minister's BIL, right?) (Nice touch that Mia lived nextdoor to
    Natalie, so the affair would 100% likely been discovered, even if Mia
    WEREN'T the *****y type to tell the wife, which she was.)

    Third, the co-workers. Why didn't Sarah just shrug and say to Carl, "yup,
    my life has strings and complications. Whose doesn't? What, did you
    think I was a fantasy person?" He probably has an incontinent dog, a
    shrewish mother (with whom he lives) and left his last girlfriend when she
    confessed she was pregnant and keeping the baby. Okay, so I'm making that
    all up, but the point is that EVERYONE has strings and sloppy stuff that
    carries over into their relationships. Why couldn't they get past a
    fairly manageable one like an ill brother?

    Those are my biggest beefs. I kept wondering why Liam Neesen wasn't prime
    minister - he looks like Emma Thompson's brother. What WAS their
    relationship, anyway? I wasn't wild that the PM fired the woman to whom
    he was attracted, but that is part and parcel of love in the workplace so
    I won't gripe about reality. But I truly loved the "any bar in
    Wisconsin" scenario. I'm originally from the midwest myself. We were
    never quite that poor that we couldn't afford pajamas, though. :-)

    Wendy

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    What I didn't like about "Love, Actually" (spoilers)

    By the way, in case you didn't get it, I would kind of like to talk about
    this movie from a marriage perspective! (My husband loved it and doesn't
    like to hear criticism so our conversation went no where.)

    Wendy

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      What I didn't like about "Love, Actually" (spoilers)

      Wendy wrote:
      By the way, in case you didn't get it, I would kind of like to talk about this movie from a marriage perspective! (My husband loved it and doesn't like to hear criticism so our conversation went no where.)
      Well, I'd love to discuss it, Wendy, but I haven't seen it! I managed to
      resist reading the spoilers so.... maybe later? It's due for release here
      on Boxing Day but I won't be back in the country until the 5th or 6th of
      January. It has a terrific cast with several of my favourite British actors
      so I will be going along. Emma Thompson is terrific and Alan
      Rickman...sigh....

      My husband doesn't know it yet but I bought tickets for "Master and
      Commander" on Saturday night and I'm looking forward to seeing it very much.
      He'll be chuffed!

      Speak of the devil he's just walked in the door... my weekend has begun.
      )

      Have a good one, everyone!

      Tai


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        What I didn't like about "Love, Actually" (spoilers)

        "Tai" <[email protected]> writes:
        Wendy wrote:
        By the way, in case you didn't get it, I would kind of like to talk about this movie from a marriage perspective! (My husband loved it and doesn't like to hear criticism so our conversation went no where.)
        Well, I'd love to discuss it, Wendy, but I haven't seen it! I managed to resist reading the spoilers so.... maybe later? It's due for release here on Boxing Day but I won't be back in the country until the 5th or 6th of January. It has a terrific cast with several of my favourite British actors so I will be going along. Emma Thompson is terrific and Alan Rickman...sigh....
        Hmm. Alan Rickman. Normally I avoid romantic comedies, which is what
        I assumed this was. But if it has Alan Rickman, maybe I'll change my
        mind!

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          What I didn't like about &quot;Love, Actually&quot; (spoilers)

          Doug Anderson wrote:
          Hmm. Alan Rickman. Normally I avoid romantic comedies, which is what I assumed this was. But if it has Alan Rickman, maybe I'll change my mind!
          I'd call it more of a glossy examination of the concept, "love is all
          around". It shows love in many venues: love for a dead spouse, love for a
          child, love for an old friend, love for a long-time spouse, as well as
          romantic love. It's funny, but it's also sad - it isn't as tidily
          wrapped up as romantic comedies. With one quite obvious exception, the
          whole thing rang true. (And the obvious exception is hilarious.)

          It's a great date movie. Even (especially) for the poster who was asking
          for movies to watch with his separated wife.

          Wendy

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            What I didn't like about &quot;Love, Actually&quot; (no spoilers in this one)

            Doug Anderson <[email protected]> wrote:
            Hmm. Alan Rickman. Normally I avoid romantic comedies, which is what I assumed this was. But if it has Alan Rickman, maybe I'll change my mind!
            A) While it _is_ a romantic comedy, it did have a little more depth than
            most.
            B) Alan Rickman was great, as usual, although I think he was a little
            underused. Then again, given the number of stars and near-stars in the film,
            I suppose that really can't be helped...

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