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Nemec 1 Dominica Nemec Ms.

Caruso ENG1101 4 October 2011 Actually Explaining Love The whole concept of a movie is to create an emotional journey within people; horror movies create fear, dramas create pain and emotional attachment, comedies create lighthearted moods, and so on. What makes a movie worth watching is how well the writer and director were able to capture the certain emotion and if they successfully entertained the audience with it. With new movies coming out every couple of weeks or so, it is becoming increasingly harder for filmmakers to successfully communicate the purpose of their film. As one particular genre dominates the box office in todays time, Romantic Comedies, it seems that most people would agree these types of films are becoming too clich and increasingly unbearable to sit through. Nearly every single one follows the same outline: girl meets boy, they dislike each other at first (or are at least not romantically involved), one starts to have feelings for the other, they begin to fall in love, conflict occurs and the relationship falls apart, and finally the issue is resolved (heroically) and they end up together. As society is becoming increasingly disappointed with the predictability of such films, those romantic comedies that dont fall under the status quo, those that truly have a message to send, have become increasingly intriguing. With growing demand for variety in the world of Romantic Comedy films, one film in particular was able to achieve a much higher credibility than just another simple chick flick. Using the somewhat new and unexplored style of telling a story through multiple plots (all loosely interlinked), the film Love, Actually was able to capture the attention of its audience in a unique way. The films purpose was to portray that everyone experiences love in all ways in their

Nemec 2 lives, whether it be a with a significant other, a family member, or even a friend. What Writer and Director Richard Curtis also tried to express is that, whether it be fulfilling or heartbreaking, love is a powerful emotion full of positivity. As stated earlier, such a goal has been difficult to conceive in a modern film, but Curtiss efforts have proven to be successful. Starring actor Hugh Grant had said in an interview about the film, nice is difficult to do without being nauseous, (Interview, 2003) meaning that so often films are unsuccessful in sending messages of positivity. He then went on to praise Curtis on his achievement of such a message in this film. The greatest success of this movie was fulfilling its purpose through the telling of stories with happy and heartbreaking endings alike. The importance of this point is to demonstrate realism in the film. So often in romantic comedies, the audience finds themselves believing that such great and heartwarming love stories cannot happen in real life. Richard Curtis made this movie more realistic by not only showing all different forms of love, but also showing all different forms of ever afters. In an interview, after being asked if the film was about love, Curtis responded with thats the main idea, yeah, love in all different shapes and sizes... (Interview, 2003). For example, one plot line in the movie follows a man, named Harry, as he struggles with the dilemma of being faithful to his wife Karen, or succumbing to the seductions of Mia, his secretary. As Karen eventually finds out about the flirtations, the end of their story shows them to still be married, but both are clearly unhappy and confused with the state of their relationship. The ending to this storyline is not heroically romantic (yes, this film has plenty of those), nor devastatingly heartbreaking, it is simply realistic, which is what makes it so compelling. Realism is something that Richard Curtis strived for while making this film. He once stated that he was fascinated by the everyday details that make up real life (The Christian Science Monitor, 2003), which he demonstrated through the plots such as the love triangle between Harry, Karen, and Mia. With films today being so incredibly mass-produced, storylines

Nemec 3 are becoming more elaborate and complex, making stories with realistic and relatable undertones those that can truly captivate an audience. Such a concept is ironic because films are meant to be a getaway from peoples own lives, yet it is the films that closely relate to their own lives that create a lasting effect. With this Curtis achieved his purpose of the film, to portray love in any and every sense of the word. As the purpose of the film was to demonstrate love in all forms, the film not only focuses on deeply romantic love stories, but also love in many other types of relationships, such as between family or friends. As stated before, Curtiss goal was to create a captivating story in which love can be seen everywhere, in any form, and he does just that by giving the audience a broad scope of all kinds of love through many different situations. One particular situation in the film involves Billy, an aging rock star, who after many years of fame and indulgence, realizes that the one person he truly loves in his life is his best friend and manager, Joe. This does not mean that Billy suddenly realized his deep, romantic and platonic feelings for Joe, but simply acknowledging that his friendship has been greatly appreciated throughout the years and, therefore, truly loves him for that. Such examples of love prove that everyone has love in their lives, and everyone experiences it in different ways, which is exactly what Curtis was trying to achieve. Although Love, Actually was very successful in communicating that love comes in all different forms with all different outcomes, Richard Curtis was not the only visionary to attempt to send this message. Numerous films have touched on the subject of love and the different ways it affects lives through multiple perspectives, once such being Hes Just Not That Into You, directed by Ken Kwapis. Although the title might suggest a cynical and negative attitude towards love, and in the beginning it seems as though that is the direction, the films ultimate message was that love may be difficult, embarrassing and confusing, but ultimately worth all of the

Nemec 4 struggle in the end. A slightly different message than that of Richard Curtiss Film, the movie uniquely compliments the efforts of Love, Actually by using multiple stories with various endings to attempt to explain the phenomenon of love. Director Ken Kwapis stated, theres room for some characters to have happy endings, and for some couples to not end up couples, and for some people to end up with stories that are not resolved at all, (Interview, 2009) which directly relates to the message Love, Actually means to send. Such a plot would be the story of a slowly deteriorating marriage that finally ends with a split between Janine and Ben. Long suspecting Bens dishonesty, Janine finally realizes that such a marriage of lies and deceit is no longer fulfilling, therefore demonstrating that love sometimes does not always end happily. The major flaw in Hes Just Not That Into You that causes the film not to be as successful in communicating its purpose as Love, Actually does, is that the film does not portray love in different ways. Kwapis chose to focus only on romantic love, therefore not being able to demonstrate his message of love to the full extent. This does not mean that Kwapis was wrong in his portrayal of love, it simply means that Curtis was more successful in his purpose of creating a film about love being in the lives of all in one way or another. Nevertheless, both films were able to demonstrate their own interpretations of love through multiple, relatable storylines, and therefore both somewhat achieve their purpose successfully. Any kind of text, no matter what is may be, has a purpose. Each has some sort of task to fulfill or message to send, and the success of such a purpose is determined but measure of how well they achieve this. For example, If two people were to study for the same test, and one received the grade of and A and the other the grade of a C, then it is clear that the person with the A grade achieved their purpose with far more success than the person with C grade. It is the same concept when discussing the success of a text. Richard Curtiss purpose with Love, Actually was to demonstrate to a vast audience that love is experienced by everyone in multiple

Nemec 5 ways, and he communicated this through multiple storylines. Curtis achieved this purpose with great success because he was able to explain his point clearly through the genre of Romantic Comedy, but used a unique method of multiple plotlines to capture the attention of his audience, thus making the purpose of Love, Actually even more successful. This film became a great success because the audience was able to relate to the stories, creating a truly fulfilling experience.

Nemec 6 Works Cited Love, Actually. Writ. Richard Curtis. Dir. Richard Curtis. Perf, Hug Grant, Emma Thompson, et al. Working Title Films, 2003. DVD Hes Just Not That Into You. Writ. Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein, Greg Behrendt, and Liz Tuccillo. Dir. Ken Kwapis. Perf. Jennifer Aniston, Ginnifer Goodwin, et al. Flower Films, 2009. DVD Curtis, Richard, Grant Hugh, Linney Laura, Thompson, Emma. Interview with Charlie Rose. Charlie Rose. 7 November 2003. Television Kwapis, Ken. Interview Unknown. Youtube. Web. 19 March 2009 Goodale, Gloria. Richard Curtiss latest labor of love, actually. The Christian Science Monitor. Web. 7 November 2003

Nemec 7 Text Love, Actually. Writ. Richard Curtis. Dir. Richard Curtis. Perf, Hug Grant, Emma Thompson, et al. Working Title Films, 2003. DVD