Monday, 28 May 2012

Love, Actually

Internet Movie Database entry
I stumbled on today's post a little bit, because I'm feeling a bit burnt-out - not from blogging, just in general. So I thought I'd share one of my favourite feel-good films.

I love this film for so many reasons. It's British. It's set at Christmas time. It's got a cute child in it.

It's also got Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson and Alan Rickman.

It's got eight (possibly nine... ten...?) interlinked stories. It's got Hugh Grant's dance. It's got a great musical number at a wedding.

I can watch this film at any time of the year, curled up with a glass of wine and a big box of chocolates. And even writing about it is making me feel better.



What's your feel-good film?


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  1. British people can't take this film seriously because Hugh Grant plays a decent man who falls in love with a lower-class woman. The divergence from his real character is to wide to be watched without sniggering.

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    1. I loved Grant's character in this film. But I'm American, so I don't know if I count ...

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  2. This is also my feel-good film. Doesn't matter how many times I watch it, I still think it's brilliant!

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  3. I'm going to have to go along with you and Kyra! I love this film. Also, I love Grease. Either one of the two makes me very happy :-)

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    1. Ah, Grease too - I have to sing along!

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  4. Hi Annalisa - my two latest are on my blog .. and I see you've added them to your list (they are recent). All these sorts of films .. Pretty Women, Nottinghill, 4 Weddings and a Funeral, A Fish called Wanda .. and Grease as Stacey mentions ... feel good romances!

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. 4 Weddings is another favourite of mine.

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  5. I don't know that I'd call it my "all time feel good" film but one that cracks me up and just makes me smile is MUSIC AND LYRICS.

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  6. Hairspray is my feel good film. It just makes me smile the whole way through :)

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  7. I'd have to go with The Princess Bride.

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    1. That has to be one of the best all-round films ever.

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    2. That's the one I was going to say, too. :) It's pretty much awesome.

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  8. Dirty Dancing and Saturday Night Fever - don't put baby in the corner, and John Travolta swinging those paint cans to a Bee Gees tune - I'm smiling now

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    1. I tried to watch Saturday Night Fever once, but had to stop because it wasn't Grease!

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  9. I don't think you can go far wrong with a Colin Firth/Hugh Grant combo, and coincidentally my feel-good fave films are the Bridget Jones ones! I could watch the scene in the second film where Hugh and Colin fight in the fountain over and over! Great post, Annalisa - hope smiling has made you feel less frazzled!

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    1. Yes, that fight is so classic. I am feeling a bit better now, thanks Linda.

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  10. OH, Love, Actually would be one of my favourites too... but as you've chosen that one, I will suggest Stardust.

    OMG! It's just a perfect fairytale, with witches and magic and ghosts and a star. Romantic and funny. I could watch it over and over.

    Another film I'm passionate about is Footloose - the original. I love the music, and well, Kevin Bacon. And it's about dancing. Always good.

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    1. Really?? I never knew you liked Footloose LOL!!!

      I've seen Stardust, but I can't remember much about it. I know it had some great cameos (if I'm thinking of the right film!)

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  11. Ah, I love this film! I have it on DVD and have watched it many times :-) I think my favourite feel-good movie is probably The Holiday with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black. *Happiness*

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    1. I haven't seen The Holiday - the trailer put me off a little bit.

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  12. I'd have to go with Star Wars or Disney's Sword in the Stone. For chick flicks, I did enjoy The Holiday as well.

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    1. I never liked Star Wars until I got married and had kids - it's on all the time, so I've got used to it.

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  13. There are so many feel good films. One of my favorites is Jonathan Livingston Seagull. It really depends on my mood. Chocolates however, and good glass of wine work well no matter what mood I'm in:)

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    1. I've never even heard of Jonathan Livingston Seagull - going to check it out.

      As for chocolates and wine - oh yes, always works!

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  14. Goodness! So many feel-good films exist. The Sound of Music and Winged Migration are classics. Also love Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Steamy leamongrass and ginger tea also warms the soul with a background of soothing music, even without film.

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    1. Yes, music definitely has the ability to soothe a frazzled soul.

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  15. My feel-good film is 'Better Off Dead.' I watch it every Christmas time wrapping gifts and just laugh and laugh. :)

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    1. I'm not sure I've seen that one either, I'll go and track it down.

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  16. I can't say I'm a massive fan of this one. Because I went to see it with my girlfriend at the time twice over the Christmas it was out, then after the Christmas she dumped me. Sorry to put a downer on things, lol!

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    1. You're allowed not to like it, given the circumstances :-)

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  17. Like Suze, I love Better Off Dead. A low budget teen film that worked. I laugh every time I see it.

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    1. I love films that can still make you laugh even when you've seen them before.

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  18. Huh. I'm not sure I have a go-to movie. I'll watch just about any movie more than once.
    I haven't seen this one though. I'll be adding it to my list!
    Heather

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    1. I can easily watch most films again, but I read for this one more than most. Especially when I need Christmas in my life (ie. middle of July!)

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  19. OMG YES YES YES! I adore adore this movie! Holy crap. Colin Firth's story is totally my favorite, and when he goes to propose and its so sweet :) Also Liam and the little boy is totally hilarious and adorable and Liam Neeson crying breaks my heart every time. Also the american girl who squees and hides her teddy-bear is totally me. Her name is even Sarah :) Ok, I'll be done now :)

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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    1. I always feel sorry for Martin Freeman - his storyline never gets mentioned! Although how you'd go about explaining it, I'm not sure...

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  20. I LOVE this movie. It's one of the best. I'm also a huge fan of About a Boy - definitely feel good for me.

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    1. I caught the end of that on TV the other week, it made me want to see it from the beginning. Another vote for a Hugh Grant film though :-)

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  21. I don't think I've seen this but now I think I need to. Don't know how I missed it. I've heard of it.

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    1. I suppose it's quite old now, but it's still fantastic!

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  22. I LOVE that movie. It's fabulous. Definitely a feel good movie. Another favorite of mine is Sense & Sensibility.

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    1. Yes, I agree with Sense and Sensibility - Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant again... perfect :-)

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  23. I will have to check that movie out. I would never have chosen it...I have a theory...if there are too many big names in a film, it probably stinks.

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    1. I think this is one of the first ensemble films, and therefore it works. Later ones have just been trying to copy Love, Actually without having the storylines to see it through, maybe?

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  24. that was a good one but my fave is the Holiday. jude law! yum!

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    1. The trailer put me off - maybe one day...

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  25. Love Actually is one of the few chick-flicks I enjoy.

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    1. There's something for everyone, and not all of the storylines have a happy ending, so I think it works for people who wouldn't normally watch a chick-flick. For me, it's a guilty pleasure - and until now, a secret Lol!

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  26. The Princess Bride and Dirty Dancing are two favorites. When I was younger, when I was home sick from school I would watch Disney's Beauty and the Beast. :)

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    1. I've only seen Dirty Dancing once - but the Princess Bride lots of times :-)

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