• ‘Love Actually’ is all around, and at The Varsity on Dec. 7

    November 27, 2018
    The third in The Varsity’s Holiday Flicks series screens Friday, Dec. 7 at 7p.m.

                “Love Actually” tells nine intertwined tales of love involving more than a dozen main characters during the month leading to Christmas. Among those you’ll find yourself rooting for are the charismatic newly elected British prime minister (Hugh Grant) and his junior staffer (Martine McCutcheon), Sarah (Laura Linney) whose devotion to her mentally ill brother complicates her love life, and Harry and Karen (Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson) whose long, steady marriage is upended by his attractive, new secretary. 

                And keep your eyes on then-newcomers, Keira Knightly and Chiwetel Ejiofor and screen standouts Liam Neeson and Colin Firth. Providing an unofficial soundtrack for all of the stories is aging rocker Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) trying to make a come back with his old hit turned holiday tune that he admits is “crap.” 

                Set primarily in London, this 2003 holiday film, written and directed by Richard Curtis, has achieved “classic” status in relatively short order. It is considered by many to be "the ultimate romantic comedy."
    The movie is rated R for sexuality, nudity and language. No one younger than 17 will be admitted without a parent or legal guardian.
    “Love Actually” screens at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Tickets are $7 in advance at thevarsitycenter.eventbrite.com. Student tickets are $5 with ID. Tickets are not available in advance at the venue but will be available when doors and The Varsity Bar open at 6:30. The bar features wine, beer, select cocktails, other beverages, snacks, and popcorn.
    The Varsity is downtown Carbondale at 418 S. Illinois Ave. To keep up with events at the venue, go to www.facebook.com/varsitycenter.com.