Despite all the good parts, there was something else I noticed about this film. It’s all about romances, yet every one of the females (at least, in a romantic role) was almost stunningly attractive, with the possible exception of Emma Thompson (I think she’s good looking, but they intentionally made her look “dowdier” than she is)…and she gets cheated on. Okay, I’ll grant that Laura Linney isn’t “stunning”, but she is very pretty. Now, most of the men were fairly good looking too (Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Alan Rickman), but again, what about our favorite arsehole, Colin?
The major case of what would be considered an “unattractive” woman is Aurelia’s sister…and that’s played for comic relief. Not too classy of them.
Don’t ordinary looking women fall in love? Why can we have the ugly dude scoring with (not one, but several) gorgeous girls, but we can’t have Colin Firth fall for the more plain sister?
For that matter, they don’t really explain the desirability of these women beyond their good looks, and they’re all shoved into fairly “conventional female” roles. Aurelia? Pretty and nice, but we don’t get a ton of her personality, and she’s a maid/waitress. Natalie? Pretty and nice, but we don’t know much about her, and she’s a…catering manager? I think? Sarah? Pretty, but what we see of her personality is actually a bit neurotic, although she works in an office (don’t know what she does). Daniel’s dead wife is never explained. Juliet is gorgeous, but we hardly know ANYTHING about her…her personality or line of work. Karen is probably the most in-depth we get, as far as her personality…I think she’s funny and witty. Her profession? Housewife. And then of coursel, we have Colin’s girls…personality zero, principal occupation: sex object.
On the whole, that’s not a very flattering portrayal of the females as PEOPLE, rather than as romantic interests. And ditto the men…aren’t these men interested in these women for anything beyond their appearance? It would be nice if they showed it.