What a great feel good movie from the people who produced Notting Hill and Bridget Jones. The cast may not be so well known in the US but they are really good, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth and Liam Neeson to name just a few.
Some of the scenarios are a little wierd like the couple of reserved tongue tied body doubles who spend all day in the nude together simulating sex and a single British Prime Minister (doesn't happen). All together the film covers eight couples in the throws of finding love, which keeps the movie interesting and fresh paced.
The genius of the film is in the way the little agonies and ecstacies of love are portrayed, which is so real it takes you beyond any feeling of contrivance in the story lines. You can see yourself and feel agonies of old come back to haunt you as this movie unfolds. The missed chance, the verbal stumblng, blowing the main chance by doing too much or worse doing too little or nothing. This is not the human condition type of great soul searing agony, in this movie everything you see happens every day in every country and at sometime in our lives to all of us.
Within the overall feel good factor there are some really good performances, Neesom dealing with the death of his wife and bonding with his step son in particular stands out in the memory.
The feel good comes from the fact that everyone, or nearly everyone gets their woman or man. The same sadly can not be said for reality, but watching the movie you conveniently forget and feel great.