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Love and Other Disasters is a 2006 romantic comedy produced by Ruby Film, Europa Corp. and Skyline Films presented at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2008, it had its UK premiere in London as the gala screening for the BFI 22nd London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The director and producer were in attendance. Brittany Murphy portrays an assistant at British Vogue who is the catalyst for a group of young friends as they try to find love. OutFest 2007 presented the film as one of their features.[2][3] Originally director Alek Keshishian had wanted Gwyneth Paltrow to play 'Jacks' but she was at the time pregnant, later Paltrow got a cameo role.[4]

Love and Other Disasters
Love and Other Disasters.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byAlek Keshishian
Produced byAlek Keshishian
Virginie Silla
Luc Besson
David Fincher
Written byAlek Keshishian
StarringBrittany Murphy
Santiago Cabrera
Matthew Rhys
Catherine Tate
Stephanie Beacham
Music byReplicant (as Alexandre Azaria)
CinematographyPierre Morel
Edited byNick Arthurs
Distributed byEuropa Corp.
Release date
  • 2006 (2006)
Running time
90 minutes
United Kingdom
Budget$9 million[1]



Emily "Jacks" Jackson, who spent her childhood in America, now lives and works in London, at British Vogue, and shares an apartment with her gay friend Peter Simon, a screenwriter. Afraid to be disappointed by a serious relationship, Jacks prefers to spend her free time with her friends and sleep with her ex-boyfriend, James, whom she doesn't love. Peter, who has never been in a relationship, spends too much time in his dreams and as a result cannot fall in love with a real person. It gets more complicated with the entrance of Paolo, a photography assistant for one of the photographers at Vogue. As the film develops, they come to realize their mistakes and eventually reach their happy endings.



David Rooney of Variety noted on 10 September 2006, "wanly conceived effort looks an unlikely bet for significant bigscreen dates" and "Keshishian’s script is sloppy in both setting up and sustaining the sexual identity confusion that fuels the comic engine".[2]

Greg Hernandez of 'Out in Hollywood' on 20 July 2007 stated "a damned entertaining film", "well-written and well-directed by Alek Keshishian and wonderfully acted" and "includes a hilarious scene featuring cameos by Gwyneth Paltrow and Orlando Bloom"[1]


  1. ^ a b Hernandez, Greg (20 July 2007). "My review of "Love and Other Disasters"". Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b Rooney, David (10 September 2006). "Love and Other Disasters". Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  3. ^ "A Night With Kook & Crook". 20 July 2007. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Premiere Scoop: Brittany Murphy Grabs Paltrow Role". 21 July 2007. Retrieved 20 March 2019.

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