Among the many different types of love the film covers are first love, new love, seasoned love, love on the rocks, frustrated love, unexpressed love, unrequited love, love between strangers, love between friends, love between parent and child, love between brother and sister, platonic love, dangerous love, and of course, lots and lots of romantic love. It doesn't explore any of these in a particularly deep fashion, but we do get the variety of experiences and feelings that can be labelled under that most simple name: love.
The film is carried by an excellent soundtrack, a compliation of great songs including a soulful number by Norah Jones and one of Dido's best songs, and some well-turned performances by some really great actors. While you won't see Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Laura Linney, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, or Liam Neeson at their dramatic best, you will see some solid, believeable performances from each of these and the many other folks in the film. The actors alone make this movie worth watching.
In the end, take the movie for what it is... not too serious, not too deep, but attempting to express one of the simplest and most basic of themes: "Love, actually, is all around."
In such times as these, I can live with that. In fact, I rather enjoyed it.
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