Richard Curtis makes romantic, sentimental and overlong comedies filled to the rafters with friends as cast-members. He's a British Judd Apatow — indulgent, substituting sweetness for edge, charm for shock value.
His latest, "Pirate Radio," is as jolly, jaunty and sappy as "Love Actually." It was cut by over half an hour for American release and still plays long. But thanks to that fairy-dusting of Curtis charm, I wouldn't cut a frame of it. It skips by like a much-loved old LP.