56 reasons I actually love Love Actually

On my list of favorite Christmas movies,  I always put Christmas Vacation at the top, but I may have to change it – because I always forget that Love Actually is a Christmas Movie.

The first time I saw this movie, I thought it was cute.  Then I saw it a couple of times on TV, and I thought it was cute.  Then I watched the unedited version again, and I fell in love.  Head over heels.  Why?  Well, since you asked, in chronological order (um…oh yeah – spoiler alert, if you haven’t seen it before):

  1. The opening sequence, in the airport, people greeting each other – it chokes me up every time.  Did you know they used real footage from Heathrow?  No actors there.  All real emotion.
  2. “If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”
  3. “Ah, fuck wank bugger shitting arse head and hole.”  (Americans simply can’t curse as well as those Brits.)
  4. “Solid gold shit, maestro.”
  5. Emma Thompson.  (Please, please, check out Wit, her nearly one-woman show from HBO.  Fabulous.  There are not enough words.)
  6. The porn stand-in’s.  Absolutely fabulous.  And entirely cut out of the TV version – big surprise. 
  7.   Andrew Lincoln.  Yum-my.  *swoon*
  8. The two handed wave the new PM does before entering the residence.  Made me giggle.
  9. Natalie’s verbal vomit – “I did have an awful premonition I was going to fuck up on the first day.”
  10. The fabulous surprise Mark gives Peter and Juliet – I love the horns popping up from the congregation.  “All you need is love…” (Ba-badadadum!)
  11. Again – the porn stand-ins. Absolutely hysterical.  “And massage them, please.”
  12. Sam (played by Thomas Sangster) is such a cute little boy!
  13. DJ:  “Best shag you ever had?”  Billy:  “Britney Spears.”  DJ:  “Wow!”  Billy:  “No, only kidding. She was rubbish.”
  14. (Are you singing yet?  “I can feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes…”)
  15. “Who do you have to screw around here to get a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit?”  I love that the PM can joke about that in a room full of cabinet members.  Americans can be so damn uptight.
  16. Stand in porn!!  “…lower the nipples…”
  17. Colin’s decision that he can get laid better in…Wisconsin.  “Stateside I am Prince William without the weird family.”
  18. When Daniel finds out Sam’s in love:  “I thought it would be something worse!”  Sam:  “Worse than the total agony of being in love?”
  19. The PM offering to have Natalie’s boyfriend killed because he called her fat.  And then, upon realizing he has a thing for Natalie, asking the portrait of Margaret Thatcher:  “You ever have this kind of problem?  Yeah, of course you did, you saucy minx.”
  20. Daniel talking to 10 year old Sam about the love of his life:  “What does she…he…feel about you?”  And then saying to him:  “Basically you’re fucked, aren’t you.”  Again, Americans are so stuck in the mud.
  21. Billy Mack:  “Don’t buy drugs. (pause) Become a pop star and they give you them for free!”
  22. Santa hats on nipples.  Art.
  23. Colin Firth communicating with a Portuguese woman via Spanish, a miming kick, and Turkish.
  24. The PM:  “I’m not sure that politics and dating really go together.”  The Presidents response:  “Really?  I’ve never found that.”
  25. The PM’s sudden strong stance against the US President.  “…Britain.  We may be a small country but we’re a great one, too.  The country of Shakespeare, Churchill, The Beatles, Sean Connery, Harry Potter.  David Beckham’s right foot.  David Beckham’s left foot, come to that.” 
  26. “Now which doll should be give Daisy’s little friend Emily?  The one that looks like a transvestite or the one that looks like a dominatrix?”
  27. HUGH GRANT DANCING.  (I have to rewind this part a couple of times, it’s so funny.)  And then when he gets caught:  “Yeah.  Um, Mary, I’ve been thinking, can we move the Japanese ambassador to four o’clock tomorrow?”  “Certainly, sir.”  I saw an interview around the time the movie was released, and I remember Hugh Grant saying that he realized, watching the movie, that he should never dance again. 
  28. Jamie and Aurelia’s one sided conversations in which they’re both talking or saying the same thing.  “It’s my favorite time of day, driving you.”  “It’s the saddest part of my day, leaving you.”
  29. *Sigh*  Andrew Lincoln.  See #7
  30. Dido!
  31. Annie:  “The chubby girl?”  PM:  “Oooo – would we call her chubby?”  Annie:  “I think there’s a pretty sizeable ass there, yes sir.  HUGE thighs.”
  32. Sarah’s little Christmas tree – I love it!  (You have to watch really closely for this one!)
  33. Karl playing with Sarah’s hair while they’re dancing – SO sexy.
  34. LOVE the way Karl looks at Sarah’s face as she’s taking off her dress.  Again, so sexy, that his eyes don’t automatically shift to her breasts.
  35. The look on Karl’s face when Sarah picks up the phone and says, “No, no, I’m not busy.”  He’s like, what am I, chopped liver?
  36. Rowan Atkinson is so awesome.
  37. Porn stand-in!
  38. “I’m on Shag Highway, heading west.”  And the followup:  “Here comes Colin Frisell, and he’s got a biiig knooooob.”
  39. Rob Thomas’ voice on Smooth is…hot.  (ahem….excuse me.)
  40. The three girls in Wisconsin inviting Colin to stay at their place – “But there’s one problem….We just have the little bed…so you would have to share it with all three of us…and on this cold cold night it’s going to be crowded, and sweaty and stuff…and we can’t even afford pajamas, which means, we would be naked…”  Oh, and the fourth girl, “the sexy one,” is going to make it even more crowded.  Poor guy.
  41. I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes…  “Oh, Jesus, not that crap again!”
  42. *sigh*  “…for now let me say, – without hope or agenda, – just because it’s Christmas – (And at Christmas you tell the truth) – To me, you are perfect – And my wasted heart will love you – Until you look like this -” (picture of shriveled mummy-looking thing)
  43. “Enough.  Enough now.”
  44. “Ten minutes at Elton John’s, you’re as gay as a maypole.”
  45. The Prime Minister going door to door, and then having to sing carols (“Please, sir, please!”), and his bodyguard jumping in to help out with his deep voice and rolling r’s.  And the cute little girls dancing – adorable!
  46. “Where the fuck is my fucking coat?”  I would NEVER say that around my family.
  47. The kid in the octopus costume – priceless.  And the PM manhandling him out of the car – heehee!
  48. The girl Sam is in love with, Joanna, is beautiful, and has an amazing voice.  At least, I’m assuming that’s actually her singing.
  49. “Let’s go get the shit kicked out of us by love.”  And so happy about it, too!
  50. And…Claudia Schiffer!!
  51. Sam is SO DAMN CUTE.
  52. Jamie’s grammatically incorrect Portuguese – “I’ve come here with a view to asking you to marriage me.  I know I seems an insane person because I hardly knows you but sometimes things are so transparency they don’t need evidential proof.  And I will inhabit here, or you can inhabit with me in England.  Of course I don’t expecting you to be as foolish as me, and of course I prediction you say ‘no’…”
  53. “Jamie’s friends are so good looking…I think maybe now I have made wrong choice, picked wrong Englishman?”  “She doesn’t speak English properly, she doesn’t know what she’s saying.”
  54. “We’re going to shag at last.”
  55. Natalie FLINGING herself at the PM at the airport.  She’s so cute, and so good for him, you know, him being slightly stodgy and all.
  56. Airport scenes again.  Choking up…

 Merry Christmas.

3 responses to “56 reasons I actually love Love Actually

  1. Love loving this movie! There are so many stories that there is something for everyone. And being American I agree, no one does comedy like the Brits do comedy, we just aren’t nearly as quick with our humor. Love when Juliet runs after Mark to kiss him. Simple act but the biggest show of appreciation she could’ve done given the situation. And yes, he is yummy. 😉

  2. Yes, yes yes 56 x YES!



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