"Love Actually" was a 2003 Christmas-themed romantic comedy that starred just about every movie star on the planet. Unlike similarly-plotted films ("Valentine's Day," "New Year's Eve"), "Love Actually" was arguably pretty lovely, actually.
So lovely, in fact, that one enterprising fan decided to make a parody trailer for "Love Actually 2" that gives us the chance to check in on the various characters played by Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Liam Neeson, and more. Turns out they've gone on to do some very interesting things.
Here's the trailer. Warning: The following video contains some adult language.
As you can see, many of the characters have fallen on hard times.
That guy who professed his love for Keira Knightley's character with a series of signs outside her front door? He's on the run from zombies. Alan Rickman's character appears to have become a humorless professor at a school for accused witches. January Jones has time-traveled back to the '60s, where she's now an unhappy homemaker. Liam Neeson is fighting wolves in the snow. And Hugh Grant's character, once the prime minister of Great Britain, is now a talent show host. Tragic, actually.
Of course, the trailer's creator has simply taken clips from other movies and TV shows starring the same actors and spliced them together, while using familiar songs from the original. The technique is quite effective, though, and serves as a reminder of just how many A-listers starred in the romantic comedy.
Despite coming out a decade ago, "Love Actually" (the real one) remains a divisive movie. True, it's not exactly "A Clockwork Orange" (where's the sequel for that one, by the way?), but there are plenty of opinions on whether "Love Actually" is a Christmas classic or "deliberately manipulative." Christopher Orr of the Atlantic calls it "still awful."
But the film has its fans and they are just as vocal. The late, great Roger Ebert gave the film 3.5 stars and Claudia Puig of USA Today wrote, "You'd have to be Ebenezer Scrooge not to walk out smiling. "
Erin Alberty of the Salt Lake Tribune writes that "People who love 'Love Actually' and people who hate 'Love Actually' never will understand each other. Not ever."
Which camp are you in? Would you rather rewatch the original and bask in its feel-good glow? Or see the cast of characters risk death and dismemberment in the make-believe sequel? Leave a comment below.
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