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Spending a Quiet Night...

At home watching a movie.  After spending an entire week reading while listening to old episodes of Friends on my computer, I decided that I would relax with an good, old fashioned movie night.  What am I watching, you ask?  Love Actually.  Yes, it is a Christmas movie and it is only June, but it is one of my absolute favorite movies--despite the fact that I only watched it for the first time last October (the weekend before Hurricane Sandy wiped out my apartment).

The first time I watched it I was a little reluctant because so many of the actors are such big names (Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Alan Rickman), and it is rare that a movie with that many "names" is good.  Just look at the reviews for Valentine's Day or New Years' Eve, two movies that are so packed with stars that they should have been total successes, but weren't.  I don't think I've ever been so happy being so wrong about a movie.

I'm not sure which of the romances are my favorite.  There's David, the newly elected Prime Minister played by Hugh Grant, and Natalie, one of the servants at 10 Downing Street, but one must not forget Jamie, a writer played by Colin Firth, and Aurelia, his assistant/house keeper who doesn't speak a lick of English.  Then, of course, there is young Sam and the little girl that is the object of his puppy love (shout out to "the worst DJ" ever).  Not everyone has a happily ever after, but considering the relationships at play that was never really in the cards.

Of course, this is my favorite scene, even though I know Hugh Grant was completely against doing it.  It is just so much fun.  This scene is really good too.

Last, but not least is that awesome soundtrack, which includes versions of All I Need is Love by the Beatles and Jump (For My Love) by the Pointer Sisters as well The Trouble with Love is by Kelly Clarkson, Eighth World Wonder by Kimberly Locke, and Here with Me (a.k.a. the theme song to Roswell) by Dido.

The only thing I'm not totally crazy about is the way the filmmakers seem to think about Americans.  First, there is creepy Colin, who thinks that all he has to do is come here to get laid because to us he's "Prince William without the crazy family," not to mention the fact that as soon as he gets here, he finds 4 gorgeous co-eds that are more than willing to have sex with him.  Second, there is the casting of Billy Bob Thorton as the president and the fact that he hit on Natalie right there at No. 10 Downing Street.  My guess is that he was supposed to be a combination of Clinton and George W. Bush.

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