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[[caption-width-right:300:Love and Christmas are all around.]]

->''"General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaking suspicion... [[TitleDrop love actually]] is all around."''
-->-- '''The Prime Minister'''

''Love Actually'' is a 2003 RomanticComedy [[AVeryBritishChristmas set during Christmas time in and around Great Britain]].

The film revolves around several different people and their relationships, all woven together. Among the myriad plotlines, we see:

* David, The [[UsefulNotes/TheMenOfDowningStreet Prime Minister of the United Kingdom]] (Creator/HughGrant) falling hard for Natalie (Martine [=McCutcheon=]), the girl who does the tea in Number 10 Downing Street, who also draws the eye of the visiting U.S. President (Creator/BillyBobThornton)...
* His sister Karen (Creator/EmmaThompson) going through a rough patch in her marriage when her husband Harry (Creator/AlanRickman) finds himself drawn to his secretary Mia (Heike Makatsch)...
* Harry's colleague Sarah (Creator/LauraLinney) finding herself torn between pursuing love with a long-time crush, Karl (Creator/RodrigoSantoro) and her family obligations...
* A mystery writer, Jamie (Creator/ColinFirth), decamping to France after his brother sleeps with his girlfriend and falling in love with the Portuguese maid Aurelia (Lucia Moniz), despite neither of them speaking each other's languages...
* An ageing and burnt-out old rocker (Creator/BillNighy) making a last stab at music success, with his manager (Gregor Fisher) attempting to moderate his lifestyle...
* Karen's friend Daniel (Creator/LiamNeeson), a recent widower, trying to help his young stepson Sam (Thomas Sangster) through his first case of heartache...

[[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters And more...]]

The film is unabashedly sentimental, even though not all its stories feature HappilyEverAfter endings, and quickly became a holiday staple.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AdaptationDecay: In-universe, as part of a nativity play that takes... several liberties. [[spoiler: Including [[MindScrew three lobsters, an octopus, a whale, and]] SpiderMan.]]
* AuthorCatchphrase: Richard Curtis likes to have a ButtMonkey character in his movies called Bernard (his college girlfriend ran off with someone of that name and he's been taking revenge ever since). In this case it's Karen's "horrid son".
* {{Anthology}}: Yes. This is a single movie that is also an anthology. Mostly thanks to LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters.
* BaitAndSwitch: Mark gazes so longingly at the newlyweds Peter and Juliet that Sarah asks if he's in love with ''him'', leading the audience to think that this is the reason he's so hostile to Juliet. Only for him to be in love with Juliet after all, thus putting a fresh twist on a clichéd situation.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Being Billy Mack's manager is one hell of a P.R. nightmare.
* BittersweetEnding: Karen and Harry apparently decide to just brave on, even though they may not be happy again for some time; Sarah decides she cannot give Karl a chance due to her caring responsibilities; Mark's final scene suggests that he's still not over Juliet.
* BlackBestFriend: Tony, and Peter.
* [[BlondeRepublicanSexKitten Blonde Tory Sex Kitten]]: You know what I mean: MargaretThatcher - that saucy minx!
* BookEnds: The arrivals gate at Heathrow airport.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: Aside from the standard removal of curse words, etc., John and Judy's sub-plot is completely removed from the AMC airing. No doubt the editors realized that there would be absolutely no way to get around the fact that they're naked in nearly every single one of their scenes.
* BrickJoke:
** Early in the Aurelia scenes, she refuses a biscuit, saying that the writer would understand if he saw her sister. Near the end of the movie, he meets her sister, who's noticeably fat and homely.
** Daniel's first scene is his wife's funeral, and there's a joke about him having a crush on Claudia Schiffer. He spends the rest of the movie trying to help his stepson Sam win over the girl he loves, which brings them to the school play, where he meets a woman played by... Claudia Schiffer.
* BritishAccents: Colin is convinced that having one will make him devastatingly hot in America. [[spoiler: He's right.]]
* BuryYourGays: Only in deleted scenes. The female teacher of one of Karen and Harry's kids is shown to have a female lover who dies in a later deleted scene. Also averts NobodyOver50IsGay, as both women clearly are.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Milwaukee, WI, shows up in a brief scene, and everything from the airport sign to the bar looks like it was shot in California. The only thing that looks right is the shot of the house at the end of the scene.
* CantBelieveISaidThat: When meeting David the Prime Minister for the first time, Natalie worries about how she thought '(she) was going to say "shit" or something and ruin everything'.
-->'''Natalie:''' Hello, David. I mean, sir. Shit, I can't believe I've just said that. And now I've gone and said shit. Twice. I'm so sorry, sir!
-->'''David:''' It's fine, it's fine! You could have said fuck, and then we'd both have been in real trouble.
-->'''Natalie:''' Thank you, sir. I did have a terrible premonition I was going to fuck up on my first day. ... Oh, piss it.
* CasanovaWannabe: Colin, at least in his home country; he thinks that going overseas to America will improve his luck with the ladies. [[spoiler: It works.]]
* CelebrityParadox:
** Claudia Schiffer plays a lookalike of... Claudia Schiffer.
** ''Film/HarryPotter'' is mentioned. No word on who plays Professors Snape and Trelawney, or Rufus Scrimgeour either. Not to mention that Hugh Grant nearly played Gilderoy Lockhart.
* ChekhovsGag: Billy Mack jokes that if he gets number one, he'll strip naked on live TV. [[spoiler: The video of him doing this distracts airport security long enough for Sam to sneak past and see Joanna]].
* ChewOutFakeOut: In a scene cut the theatrical release, (but included in the DVD extras), Karen is called to her son's school because his teacher is upset by a theme paper he wrote, in which he described how the world would be different if people's farts were visible. Karen listens attentively to the teacher and head, and then quietly takes her son into the hallway to talk to him;
-->'''Bernie''': Sorry, Mum.
-->'''Karen''': I'm sorry too, Bernie. Sorry and ashamed and embarrassed... that I have put you in a school with such total and utter pricks that they don't get a good gag when they see one! I mean, this is high-class comedy. This is first-rate stuff! Look, you're my son and obviously I have to love you. But right now, I really love you! (Mother and son dissolve into laughter)
** A deleted scene reveals that the head also thought the idea of visible farts was funny, but had to not laugh because of her position of authority.
* ClarkKentOutfit: Where was Karl hiding those arms!? (I mean, aside from in his shirt.)
* ClosedDoorRapport: Liam Neeson's character sometimes talks to his step-son through the door. Sam mainly responds by leaving notes on the door itself.
* CoitusUninterruptus: While naked and simulating sex acts, John and Judy chat as easily and casually as if they were fully clothed.
* ConcertClimax: Nearly all the characters end up in the audience at an primary school Christmas concert. It culminates in an [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic awesome cover of "All I Want For Christmas Is You"]].
* ConcertKiss: "So, not quite as secret as we hoped."
* ConvenientSlowDance: A slow song starts just after Karl asks Sarah to dance at the office Christmas party.
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: "Love Is All Around" is changed by DreadfulMusician Billy Mack to "Christmas Is All Around" in a ''blatant'' attempt to have a {{Christmas|Songs}} BreakawayPopHit. Later there's a {{Fanservice}} video.
** Billy himself finds the whole idea ridiculous, even while recording it, and refuses to promote it without deep sarcasm. For instance, from a radio interview:
-->'''Billy:''' Oh come on, Mikey, you know as well as I do the record's crap. But wouldn't it be great if Number One this Christmas wasn't some smug teenager, but an old ex-heroin addict searching for a comeback at any price? All those young popsters, come Christmas Day... they'll be stretched out naked with a cute bird balancing on their balls, and I'll be stuck in some dingy flat with me manager, Joe, ugliest man in the world, fucking miserable because our fucking gamble didn't pay off. So if you believe in Father Christmas, children, like your Uncle Billy does, buy my festering turd of a record. And particularly enjoy the incredible crassness of the moment when we try to squeeze an extra syllable into the fourth line.\\
'''Mikey:''' I think you're referring to 'If you really love Christmas...'\\
'''Billy:''' 'Come on and let it snow'? ''Ouch.''
* CoversAlwaysLie: Rowan Atkinson is always shown to be a main character of the film but he only actually appears twice. He was supposed to have a larger role, but much of it was cut due to time constraints.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Throughout the movie, Colin is convinced that his British accent will make him irresistible to women in America, and is justly mocked for this belief. When he finally arrives in America, he is proven completely correct.
* {{Did Not Get the G|irl}}uy:
** [[spoiler: Sarah]], the lone DownerEnding in a movie of mostly happy ones.
** Mark's ending, to a lesser extent ([[spoiler: he doesn't expect to get Juliet from Peter.]]) It becomes an even lesser extent when considering [[spoiler:that it's not that Mark didn't want to be friends with Juliet; he was so in love with her that his defence mechanism to save himself pain was to push her away. The movie makes it clear he loved his friend Peter deeply and loved Juliet madly, but couldn't reconcile his feelings towards both because they were getting married. So while he didn't blame either party, he still felt a little betrayed on the inside.]]
* DisappearedDad: We never do find out what happened to Sam's biological father, aside from the fact that he's not seen.
* DrugsAreBad: Hilariously subverted when Billy Mack makes an appearance on what appears to be a version of old Saturday morning show SMTV Live;
-->'''Billy:''' Oh...Hiya kids. Here's an important message from your Uncle Bill. Don't buy drugs. ...Become a rock star, and they give you them for free!
* {{Eagleland}}: Mixed Flavour. The US President (played by Creator/BillyBobThornton as UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush with an added dose of UsefulNotes/BillClinton's infamous womanising) is textbook flavour 2. It's the Sarah character, and her deep concern for her brother over her own happiness, which balances out the movie's portrayal of Americans. Joanna is also an American and is portrayed positively.
** And the Wisconsin Girls are Flavour 3: {{Cloudcuckoolander}} (with a hint of sexy).
* EloquentInMyNativeTongue: Aurelia is fluent in Portuguese, but starts out speaking no English at all, although she begins to learn. She falls in love with a writer whose English is perfect, but whose Portuguese is even worse than her English. We only see them a few weeks after they've each started learning, though.
* EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench: American girls to Colin, Colin to the American girls, Aurelia to Jamie.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: Colin is certain his British accent will make him irresistible to American girls. [[spoiler:He's somehow right, and it's taken to such an extreme it turns into pure parody.]]
* FanService: Joanna Page (best known for playing Stacey in Gavin and Stacey) gets naked in a few scenes.
* FemmeFatale: Mia. She's pretty and alluring but she is deliberately flirting and making moves on her married boss. During the company's Christmas party, she dances with Harry in front of his wife. She's even wearing a devil costume!
* FlatCharacter: Mia. Her entire existence is to be hot, sexy and tempt her boss.
* FourthDateMarriage: [[spoiler: John and Judy are engaged by the end, after only knowing each other about ten weeks. Likewise Jamie proposes to Aurelia after knowing her three weeks]].
* FriendVersusLover: Juliet thinks this is why Mark doesn't like her.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: When Jamie is going to Aurelia's restaurant at the end, he walks past a wall with a completely unrelated French graffiti "TV: first cop in France".
* GenreSavvy: Daniel and Sam come off as this, with a full knowledge of love films.
-->Sam: You know the films, they never get together until right at the very end.
* GossipEvolution: When Jamie comes to propose to Aurelia at the end, the rumour soon goes from "Father is about to sell Aurelia as a slave to this Englishman" to "Apparently he is going to kill Aurelia".
* GrandRomanticGesture: The Film. Mark pulls off a good one at the end with the [[spoiler:cue cards]], Jamie [[spoiler: abandoning his family Christmas to fly out and ask Aurelia to marry him]], the PM--[[UsefulNotes/TheMenOfDowningStreet the PM!]] -- personally scouring an incredibly long street door to door to find [[spoiler:Natalie]]...
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: The ending of Aurelia's story plays out in Portuguese, with subtitles revealing that it's rather amusingly broken Portuguese. Of course, this is justified as the character speaking had just started to learn.
** Worth noting: Colin Firth's Portuguese is actually quite accurate, and he makes next to none of the grammatical mistakes the subtitles accuse him of. His pronunciation is dodgy, however.
* HappyDance: Sarah excuses herself to do a brief one after she finally gets to bring Karl back to her apartment.
* HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight: Billy, oh so much.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Billy Mack and Joe. Although they don't realize how much they mean to each other until the end.
* [[HideYourLesbians Hide Your Gays]]: The film manages to depict and celebrate every form of human relationship and connection, except one. Richard Curtis has said that an early draft of the screenplay had a sub-plot involving two schoolgirls attracted to each other, and a sub-plot involving the headteacher of the school and her [[IllGirl dying female partner]] that was filmed but not included in the final cut is mentioned above as an application of BuryYourGays. The treatment of queer characters in the Richard Curtis oeuvre makes interesting food for thought.
* HomageShot: WordOfGod has stated the scene where [[spoiler: Mark reveals that he's in love with Juliet by showing her his tape of her wedding, which is entirely made up of shots of her]] is an homage to the ending of ''Film/CinemaParadiso''.
** Sam's shouting his crush's name when he's in the airport chasing her (which we don't hear) is a ShoutOut to ''Film/TheGraduate''.
** Peter and Juliet's wedding was reportedly inspired by Jim Henson's funeral, which reportedly also featured a surprise audience-participation sendoff of sorts.
* HyperlinkStory
* IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn: Juliet to Mark.
* Intimate Artistry: The film shows two different artistic connections:
** Juliet believes that Mark dislikes her for marrying his best friend Peter. [[spoiler:However, when she watches the recording he made of the wedding, she notices that all of his shots are lovingly framed of her and she realizes that he is actually in love with her. [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy Mark had been cold and distant because he did not want to hurt either Juliet or Peter by injecting himself into their happy relationship]].]]
** John and Judy meet as they are working as stand-ins on a film production of an adult nature. They spend all of their time together naked and simulating sex acts trying awkwardly to hold normal conversations in compromising positions; [[spoiler:at the end of their plot John works up the courage to ask out Judy while staging the last scene.]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler: Mark says he will try and move on from his feelings for Juliet - and he's kept his distance from her precisely because he loves Peter very much too]]. The fact that he still organised a grand gesture at the wedding reaffirms this.
* JustFriends: Mark and Mia.
* LadyInRed: Mia is wearing a seductive red devil outfit at the Christmas party, when she asks for a dance with Harry.
* LanguageBarrier: Between Jamie and Aurelia.
* LanguageOfLove: Jamie and Aurelia.
* LatinLover: Karl for Sarah.
* LastGirlWins: [[spoiler: Harriet is the last of the American girls Colin meets. She's the one he brings home]].
* LettingHerHairDown: Natalie, Aurelia and Juliet all have their hair down for the first time in the movie when they share their 'moments' with their respective beaus.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Karen and Daniel.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Follows nearly twenty characters, to greater or lesser degrees. See OneDegreeOfSeparation below.
* LoveAtFirstSight: How Sarah felt about Karl. Yes, EveryoneCanSeeIt.
* LoveTriangle: Of course. There's Mark-Juliet/Peter as well as Mia-Harry/Karen.
* LovingDetails: When Sarah is called in to speak with her boss Harry at the start of the film, it seems at first that she simply keeps very close track of her own employment history. It soon becomes apparent, however, that she can only recite the details because they're relevant to the first moment she met her crush Karl.
* ManHug: Billy Mack and Phil the Manager share an intensely awkward and equally heartfelt one at the end of their storyline.
* MaleGaze and FemaleGaze: Notoriously, with Aurelia and Karl as the main eye candy.
* MaybeEverAfter:
** [[spoiler: Sarah and Karl. Their last scene is left open and could be interpreted as Sarah choosing to focus more on looking out for her brother - or just temporarily putting things on hold until she's better at managing things]].
** [[spoiler: Harry and Karen are a little frosty at the airport in the epilogue. They appear to be trying to stay together but it's unknown if their marriage will survive]].
* MissingMom: Sam's mother dies before the start of the movie. We see her MeaningfulFuneral.
* MonochromeCasting: See TokenMinority.
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: An aversion. Creator/ColinFirth's character's Portuguese is mostly coherent; it's mainly plurals in the wrong places and incorrectly-conjugated verbs (common beginner's mistakes) rather than him saying something completely incoherent and out of context. There is an eel reference at one point, but he has good reason to fear eel-attack at that point.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Especially when they're acting as stand-ins for a sex scene.
** Also, the schoolgirls laughing at pictures of naked men in the gallery Mark works in:
--> '''Mark:''' Actually, they're not ''funny'', they're ''art''.
* NoPartyGiven: The Prime Minister, although FridgeLogic suggests he's a Conservative (he is clearly implied to succeed UsefulNotes/TonyBlair and seems to have achieved the position by virtue of winning an election rather than succeeding within the party). He also... admires MargaretThatcher.
** It'd be unusual for a General Election to be held in November, mind.
** Worth noting that there's said to be a "strong feeling in the [PM's] party" that he should stand up to the Americans - Atlanticism is a very strong sentiment in the Conservatives. It was the left was more sceptical about Blair's relationship with Bush
* OneDegreeOfSeparation: Nearly all the main characters are linked directly or indirectly; only Billy Mack and his manager have no real connection to the other characters (unless you count his performance distracting a security guard at exactly the right time). Earlier than that, seeing the video gave Sam the idea to become a drummer to impress Joanna. The song was playing at frequent intervals throughout the whole movie since. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:%27Love_Actually%27_Interconnections.jpg Here's a chart]] to make things easier.
* OneSteveLimit: Sam falls for a girl called Joanna, which was his late mother's name. This is also lampshaded when Daniel meets a Carol and he mistakenly calls her Karen - and his friend Karen is another character. Elsewhere David has a butler called Terence and a driver called Terry.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Billy openly, cynically and ''hilariously'' states that this is his sole motivation for recording "Christmas Is All Around".
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: The Prime Minister is textbook PM Personable, but played in a way that virtually no work has ever done.
* OverlyLongGag: The gift wrapping of the expensive jewellery in the shop.
* PlayingATree: A good chunk of the pageant roles.
-->'''Daisy:''' We've been given our parts in the nativity play, and I'm the lobster!\\
'''Karen:''' The lobster?\\
'''Daisy:''' Yeah!\\
'''Karen:''' In the nativity play?\\
'''Daisy:''' Yeah, ''first'' lobster.\\
'''Karen:''' There was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus?\\
'''Daisy:''' Duh.
** There's also an octopus, penguins, a vomiting whale, a starfish and a Spiderman King.
* {{Pluralses}}: When the Colin Firth character asks his housekeeper in clumsy Portuguese) to marry him, she says, "Thank you, that will be nice", and then when he remarks that she learned English too, she says, "Just in cases".
* PreAsskickingOneLiner
-->'''Sam:''' "Let's go get the shit kicked out of us by love."
** There's a few others. The Prime Minister right before finding Natalie:
-->'''David:''' Hi, Jack? I need a car... Right now. (ThemeMusicPowerup)
* PresentPeeking: Emma Thomson's character accidentally finds a golden necklace and gets excited. But her husband actually bought it for his LoveInterest from work. When she opens the present of the same shape and size with her family, she's visibly disappointed because it's a CD. The CD is very meaningful, but she figures out he bought the necklace for someone else.
* PromotionToParent: Sarah's problem with regards to her [[spoiler: [[IllGirl Ill Brother]].]]
* RaceForYourLove: Sam at the airport chasing Joanna.
* RiskyBusinessDance: The Prime Minister dances around to "Jump" by the Music/PointerSisters.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Harry's wife Karen is contrasted with the seductress Mia who is appropriately dressed as a devil at the party and gets a red lingerie scene.
* RuleOfThree:
** Billy goofs when recording his cover, singing "love" instead of "Christmas" twice. He gets it on the third attempt.
** Colin hits it off with three girls at the bar (though a fourth later joins them).
** When said girls are getting him to pronounce words in his English accent, he says three words. The third one sounds the same.
** When David searches for Natalie's house, the third one he tries gives him the directions.
* SelfPlagiarism: Colin blowing it with the wedding cook by not realising he's insulting her own food is straight from a deleted scene from ''{{Four Weddings And A Funeral}}''. Curtis even forgot to change the speaker's name for one line, so the script says it's spoken by "Charles".
* SexySantaDress: In Billy's video the backup dancer ladies are wearing skimpy, red, [[FluffyFashionFeathers feather-trimmed]] dresses.
* ShipperOnDeck: Sam and Karen's son share a giggle at the MeetCute between their parents, Sam later suggesting he give her an AnguishedDeclarationOfLove.
* ShoutOut: Billy's video is based on the Music/RobertPalmer video to "Addicted to Love".
** The Screenplay of the Film has a picture of Billy and Joe embracing in a similar pose to the picture on the ''Film/FightClub'' page.
* SingingVoiceDissonance: In-story, the Prime Minister has this reaction to his driver/bodyguard's (Gavin?) incredibly rich, deep and very very Welsh voice when they are entreated to sing Christmas carols by some pleading children while going door to door.
** Richard Curtis was worried that Olivia Olson's singing voice would look fake coming from such a young girl, when in fact she actually was that good. The final version has her stopping for breath several times when she didn't actually need to.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: With two exceptions, very idealistic.
* SweaterGirl: Juliet is wearing a tight, but tasteful, sweater in one scene.
* TakeThat: When Hugh Grant's Prime Minister character moves into Number 10 Downing Street, there are a few jabs at his predecessor as PM (who's implied to be UsefulNotes/TonyBlair).
* TalkingWithSigns: Mark uses a set of pre-made signs to confess his feelings to Juliet and wish her a merry Christmas while covering for his presence with a taped choir singing "Silent Night".
* TitleDrop: In the opening narration David says that he find "love actually" is all around us.
* WeddingDay: Peter and Juliet's.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Takes place in Heathrow airport, a month after Christmas.
* YouAreFat: Poor [[HollywoodPudgy Natalie]] has to deal with this from almost everyone apart from the Prime Minister. [[spoiler: No wonder she falls for him.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: Mia comes on to Harry constantly, and he either wants to sleep with her or already has by the time Karen confronts him.
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