- Original title
- Running time
- 128 min.
- United Kingdom
Billy Bob Thornton,
Co-production United Kingdom-United States; Universal Pictures / Working Title Films / DNA Films
Romance. Comedy | Romantic Comedy. Christmas. Ensemble Film
- Synopsis / Plot
- This ultimate romantic comedy weaves together a spectacular number of love affairs into one amazing story. Set almost entirely in London, England during five frantic weeks before Christmas follows a web-like pattern of inter-related, losely related and unrelated stories of a dozen or more various individuals with their love lives, or lack of them. The central character is the new bachelor prime minister David (Hugh Grant) who cannot express his growing feelings for his new personal assistant Natalie (Martine McCutcheon). The prime minister's older sister Karen (Emma Thompson) slowly grows aware of her husband Harry's (Alan Rickman) flirtation with an office worker named Mia (Heike Makatsch). Karen's friend Daniel (Liam Neeson) is a recently widowed writer whose 11-year-old son asks for love advice about a girl he has a crush on. Meanwhile, Jamie (Colin Firth) is another writer who leaves his girlfriend after catching her cheating on him and travels to France to write a novel where he pursues a possible romance with his non-English speaking Portuguese maid Aurelia (Lucia Moniz). Also, Harry's American secretary Sarah (Laura Linney) questions a romance she pursues with the office hunk Karl (Rodrigo Santoro), but her personal family problems get in the way. Other secondary characters involve a photographer who pursues his best friend's new wife Juliet (Keira Knightley); a pair of movie stand-ins, named John and Judy, who grow closer after their simulated love scenes; a libidinous chum who wants to travel to Wisconsin, USA to score with women; and a burned-out former rock star named Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) who is the main connection between all stories involved.
: European Film Awards: 2 Nominations Audience Award
: BAFTA Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Bill Nighy). 3 Nominations
: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Supporting Actor (Bill Nighy)
: Critics' Choice Awards: Nominated for Best Acting Ensemble
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