Love and Other Disasters [Blu-ray]
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What amazes me in the movie business is all of the total garbage movies that get made and shown in theaters every week..... bad, awful, poorly made and poorly acted films that should never even be produced.... and then there are movies like "Love and Other Disaster" that are well-made, with good acting, and they never see the light of day.
At the risk of being controversial, I will rate this movie above multi-threaded ensemble movies like "Love Actually", "Crash", "Valentine's Day" and "New York, I Love You". The surprise is in a singular actress carrying the entire movie, supported by a cast of relatively unknown but competent actors.
As I am writing this review, James Taylor is coming on "live" at the Oscar presentation (this is Oscar night, 7th March in the USA) with Brittany Murphy being remembered on screeen, and her image reprised at the end of Taylor's solo "In My Life". We will never know if she would earn an Oscar one day, but from her performance in this movie, it is not possible to rule out her future potential. I have watched "Ramen Girl", "Uptown Girls" and the Futurama with Brittany's voice, and I went on a binge of Brittany Murphy's movies like "Little Black Book" after I got the news that no more movies would be made by this great actress. This movie was among the prominent ones recommended by Amazon when keying in the actress' name. The movie surprises at many levels.
From earlier reviews I gathered that the plot was going to less straightforward than "Ramen Girl" or "Uptown Girls". Without going into the story line, I like this movie because:
1. The acting was serious, focused and well directed. I cannot think of another actress who could have been better cast in the main role. The British accents all round were from good character thespians.
2. The cinematography was good. There were refreshing camera angles of contemporary London.Read more ›
A few words of disclosure are necessary about this film. "Love and Other Disasters" is a romantic comedy set in London. There is not one original idea in the script and just about every movie cliche to be found in romantic comedies is in this movie to wit:
-- Murphy is a fashion designer with a mixed up love life.
-- She befriends a gay photographer (who is actually not gay) that loves her.
-- There are several other gay male characters in the film with mixed up love lives.
-- In fact, all the characters in the film have a mixed up love life.
-- All the actors are employed in the arts -- once writes a screeplay called "Love and Other Disasters."
-- The film appears to be heading to tragedy but has a wonderful, happy ending.
-- The movie ends by having the action in the film made into a movie.
Having made these disclosures, I will say I adore this movie. This is such a warm film, so full of good spirits and love, that it transcends all these cliches to be not only good entertainment but a memorable film experience. The chemistry between Jacks (Murphy) and Paolo (Santiago Cabrera) is natural, unforced and credible. Almost all the actors are likeable, you root for them, and you want their love to succeed. And it does.
I can't think of a romantic comedy I've seen in recent years that I enjoy as much as this 2006 production.Read more ›
The comedy works as well as the romance, and the characters poke fun at movie stereotypes as well as at themselves (the wacky smoker gal is hilarious) and the relationships are brightly played out in the 90 minute run-time. From start to finish I couldn't find anything wrong with this one!
There are 3 central characters, each trying to find love, each with lessons to learn. The gay roomate's story is especially touching.
In the film the characters watch "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and one states its her favorite film. That older film may be a classic, but I enjoyed this one much more.
5/5 stars! Funny, romantic film.
Blu-ray: 1080p video is great, colorful. DTS HD sound is fantastic. No special features, no subtitles.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is by far my favorite Brittany Murphy movie. Her accent switching didn't seem to work out well, but I think that idea was unnecessary from the first place... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Nina
Adorable movie. so sad she is not with us anymore...she was a great actress.
The clothes the apartment her acting are all fabulous...very much so
This delightful comedy about the rocky road to true love stars Brittany Murphy as the free-spirited "Jacks. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Russell S
If you like Breakfast at Tiffany's and Brittany Murphy your bound to like this film. This is one of her best movies with little to none large screen play. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Noell B.
A funny, romantic chick flick with great characters and beautiful london for a backdrop. Love the tango scene and also especially the psychiatrist explaing her theory on dating... Read morePublished 10 months ago by D. J. Starr