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Old 01-09-2013, 11:38
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See what i did there? Sorry couldnt resist! Anyway Richard Curtis seems to write a new original film about every five or six years. He had three huge hit films with Four weddings, Notting Hill and Love Actually then The Boat That Rocked sank at the box office. His only other film is The Tall Guy from 1989 which was not a huge hit but that was his first film. Before you all jump in here I know he has written other film scripts such as Bridget Jones and war Horse. But I am talking about the six films he has written himself from his own ideas. So on to About Time. Looks like it borrows heavily from Groundhog Day but looks like it could be worth a watch. I notice it is 12A certificate and not 15 which his other films have been. So looks like he wants a more family friendly audience for this one? Will it be a hit or flop at the box office? I dont think it will be as big as his main three films.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:38
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I think he'll get the Notebook/Time Traveller's Wife audience in through Rachel McAdams as well as the classic Curtis loyalist audience of Bill Nighy.

From what I've seen it's had a much larger promotional campaign than TBTR and definitely more positive reviews. TBTR seems to break the pattern from the other Curtis films in that it doesn't follow the template of bumbling upper-middle-class Brit charming an American woman. It was much more of an ensemble piece with one clear main plot line (as opposed to Love Actually which was also an ensemble piece yet had NINE plot lines) and was also set in the past, the only Curtis film to do so.

In regard to the classification, they recently released a red-band trailer where Nighy says fu*k in his typically charming way. For a 12A, I'd say that this is probably the only f-word they'll get away with, maybe another one at a push. Then again, perhaps the film never required a lot of swearing. And I can't imagine the studio being unhappy about a 12A either.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:48
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Looks like another pile of twee, mawkish, middle class horse manure.

Shouldn't have a problem finding an audience.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:56
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I think he'll get the Notebook/Time Traveller's Wife audience in through Rachel McAdams as well as the classic Curtis loyalist audience of Bill Nighy.

From what I've seen it's had a much larger promotional campaign than TBTR and definitely more positive reviews. TBTR seems to break the pattern from the other Curtis films in that it doesn't follow the template of bumbling upper-middle-class Brit charming an American woman. It was much more of an ensemble piece with one clear main plot line (as opposed to Love Actually which was also an ensemble piece yet had NINE plot lines) and was also set in the past, the only Curtis film to do so.

In regard to the classification, they recently released a red-band trailer where Nighy says fu*k in his typically charming way. For a 12A, I'd say that this is probably the only f-word they'll get away with, maybe another one at a push. Then again, perhaps the film never required a lot of swearing. And I can't imagine the studio being unhappy about a 12A either.
According to the BBFC there's 5 f words in it. (Generally the limit is 4, but the comedic tone was mitigating circumstances).

It has received an R in the US (for language, and some sexual content)
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Old 01-09-2013, 16:50
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I really like his film with the bumbling foppish British bloke and the glamorous American lady. Can someone remind me of the name?
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Old 01-09-2013, 18:29
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I really like his film with the bumbling foppish British bloke and the glamorous American lady. Can someone remind me of the name?
Sounds like 'Two Weeks Notice' with Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant.
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Old 01-09-2013, 21:24
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Looks like another pile of twee, mawkish, middle class horse manure.

Shouldn't have a problem finding an audience.
. Totally agree. A new Richard Curtis film is the cinematic equivalent of a 'new' Dan Brown novel.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:09
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I read the description of this on a movie website was was actually intrigued by it and though I'd give it a go, but then I saw the trailer/TV spot for it. It looked awful. I think I'll wait for the DVD.
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Old 02-09-2013, 18:03
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I think "About Time" is getting fairly positive reviews. I think that Curtis is a better writer than director. I do think he doesn't know what to cut out from a film - hence the problems of long running time and padding for "Love Actually" and "The Boat That Rocked".

I can understand how some people think that a lot of his work is middle class cosiness, but I do think for instance that some of the stuff in "Four Weddings and a Funeral" was quite innovative at the time(e.g. the deaf brother, the gay relationship, the funeral service); likewise with some of the storylines in "Love Actually"(e.g. Laura Linney's tragic character and Emma Thompson's relationship with her husband in that film).
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Old 02-09-2013, 18:58
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Curtis is interviewed on Kermode film show last Friday, will be on iPlayer, worth a listen. He did answer why it's always Brit bloke Yank woman in London...he said he can write those parts well and make them work so that why he does it...seems fair.
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:23
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I'm surprised About Time is a 12A, I'm guessing there is less swearing in it compared to his other films but the BBFC have been a lot more lenient about swearing and mild sexual content in recent years. I've read this is his last film he's directing but he will continue to write.
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:38
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I'm surprised About Time is a 12A, I'm guessing there is less swearing in it compared to his other films but the BBFC have been a lot more lenient about swearing and mild sexual content in recent years. I've read this is his last film he's directing but he will continue to write.
As I said earlier there are 5 uses of the f word. (Which is why it's an R in the States, but a 12 over here)...
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:15
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I think "About Time" is getting fairly positive reviews. I think that Curtis is a better writer than director. I do think he doesn't know what to cut out from a film - hence the problems of long running time and padding for "Love Actually" and "The Boat That Rocked".
True. Also I wonder whether writers who are good at dialogue are less good at directing action. Woody Allen would be the obvious exception to the rule but are there others?

Anyway I think Notting Hill proves the point as far as Curtis is concerned. Great writing and well-paced - and he didn't direct it.
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:55
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From Blackadder to an endless stream of soppy, middle class romcoms starring his bezzie mates and other assorted toffs. What a decline.
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:55
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Middle class love story with bumbling English bloke and American woman. I see Curtis is exploring new and exciting material.
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Old 03-09-2013, 14:18
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From Blackadder to an endless stream of soppy, middle class romcoms starring his bezzie mates and other assorted toffs. What a decline.
Perhaps we should be referring to the Curse of Blackadder. Ben Elton's written nothing worth a damn since, either.
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:19
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Same old same old.
It wouldn't matter so much if his romcom films had something extra, and the romcom angle was just one element of a bigger story. But there doesn't seem to be much else to see and it feels like variations of the same film over and over again.

His 'thing' might make a nice film with a familiar theme. But to make a career out of it?

There's just not enough interesting ideas or much new to draw me in and get me interested.
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:28
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Perhaps we should be referring to the Curse of Blackadder. Ben Elton's written nothing worth a damn since, either.
I was just thinking the same. It makes me wonder if Blackadder got most of its brilliance by way of the collaboration of all the other actors and people who made the series who offered all the best bits, and Elton and Curtis just compiled those bits and structured them together. Which is a skill in itself, but doesn't necessarily demonstrate the creativity and imagination they were given credit for.
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Old 04-09-2013, 22:06
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Went to see it today and was genuinely surprised. One of the best films I've seen in a long time. Hilarious yet moving. I was laughing one minute and crying the next. Possibly the first ever rom-com I've actually enjoyed.
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Old 04-09-2013, 23:04
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I was just thinking the same. It makes me wonder if Blackadder got most of its brilliance by way of the collaboration of all the other actors and people who made the series who offered all the best bits, and Elton and Curtis just compiled those bits and structured them together. Which is a skill in itself, but doesn't necessarily demonstrate the creativity and imagination they were given credit for.
For Blackadder Goes Forth, they took it in turns to write each scene.
If you watch it again, you can sometimes tell who's written what.
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Old 04-09-2013, 23:50
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I'm not usually a fan of Curtis but I found The Boat That Rocked hugely enjoyable
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:48
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They should make Notting Hill 2 - a role reversal where Hugh gets to stutter and be foppish in the USA and julia roberts is in her own element lol - a sell out sequel using very little imagination
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:26
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Looks like another pile of twee, mawkish, middle class horse manure.

I'd rather watch that than some depressing, Guardian-pleasing Ken Loach rubbish.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:14
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I really enjoyed it. it didn't push any boundaries but it was enjoyable.
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Old 05-09-2013, 13:10
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For Blackadder Goes Forth, they took it in turns to write each scene.
If you watch it again, you can sometimes tell who's written what.
Maybe they needed each other then?
Because their individual efforts since just haven't impressed me.
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