Love and Other Disasters

Love and Other Disasters is a 2006 romantic comedy film written and directed by Alek Keshishian. It had its world premiere at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival.[2] In 2008, the film had its UK premiere in London as the gala screening for the BFI 22nd London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Love and Other Disasters
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlek Keshishian
Written byAlek Keshishian
Produced by
CinematographyPierre Morel
Edited byNick Arthurs
Music byAlexandre Azaria
Distributed byEuropaCorp Distribution
Release dates
  • 9 September 2006 (2006-09-09) (Toronto)
  • 25 April 2007 (2007-04-25) (France)
Running time
90 minutes
  • France
  • United Kingdom
Budget$9 million[1]

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.[3][4] Keshishian originally wanted Gwyneth Paltrow to play Jacks, but she was pregnant at the time. Paltrow was later given a cameo role.[5]


Emily "Jacks" Jackson is an American transplant living in London and working as an intern at British Vogue. She 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 does not 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 wrote, "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".[3]

Greg Hernandez of Out in Hollywood called it "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. ^ "Love and Other Disasters". 11 September 2006. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b Rooney, David (10 September 2006). "Love and Other Disasters". Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  4. ^ "A Night With Kook & Crook". 20 July 2007. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Premiere Scoop: Brittany Murphy Grabs Paltrow Role". 21 July 2007. Retrieved 20 March 2019.

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