Love Actually Bridget Jones's Diary Notting Hill

22/11/2004
  |  Buy to Own: 22/11/2004
  |  346 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Triple bill of British comedies from the 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' stable. Richard Curtis turns his hand to directing in the romantic comedy 'Love Actually' (2003), in which eight stories involving the love lives of more than a dozen characters are brought together over one Christmas and climax on Christmas Eve; from the recent widower Daniel (Liam Neeson), the failing marriage of Karen (Emma Thompson) and Harry (Alan Rickman), the ageing rocker (Bill Nighy) who just wants to get paid (and laid if possible), through to the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) falling for a member of Number 10's staff (Martine McCutcheon). 'Bridget Jones's Diary' (2001) is an adaptation of the bestselling novel by Helen Fielding. Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) is the 1990s British everywoman: single, weight-obsessed, and very probably drunk on mid-price white wine. Her life goes from middling to worse when she embarks on a doomed affair with silver-tongued boss Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant). In the background lurks a literal Mr Darcy (Colin Firth), a seemingly cold lawyer who keeps crossing Bridget's path - but whose precise intentions seem difficult for her to divine. All the while Bridget records her lurches across life's highway in the eponymous diary, as an attempt to take control of her tragi-comic life. In the romantic comedy 'Notting Hill' (1999), Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) is the world's most famous movie star, while divorcé William Thacker (Hugh Grant) owns an ailing travel bookstore in his local neighbourhood of Notting Hill. One day Anna buys a book from William's shop and later collides messily with him on a street corner. She accompanies him home to clean herself up, and from there springs an unlikely romance. However, the path of true love is littered with obstacles, not least the media, the adoring fans and the differences in their lifestyles.