Happy Holidays everyone! To celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, I've decided to complete a daily review series of 12 Christmas movies leading up to the big 12/25. To qualify, the movies have to be tied to Christmas in some way and also something I've never seen before. I'll be going in chronological order. So, without further ado, if you got chestnuts, roast 'em - and enjoy my 12 Days of Christmas Movies!
Dir. Richard Curtis
Inspiring the likes of Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve, the "dozen celebrity couples falling in love on a holiday" genre starts with Love Actucally. It's really the Pulp Fiction of romantic comedies in that there really is no main character - it's more a tableau of different situations in which people find love. Well, at least this movie's definition of love. I personally found many of the relationships unrealistic and troubling, especially considering in some circles this movie is an annual Christmas viewing!
It would take up too much time to go over every individual plot thread (or just to list the actors), but the basic description of each scenario seems unromantic on their own. There's a grieving father helping his young stepson seduce a girl, ultimately encouraging him to trespass through a post-9/11 airport security checkpoint so he can ask her out. There's a guy trying to hook up with his best friend's wife. There's a man who's willing to risk losing his wife and children by buying a fancy necklace for a sexy co-worker. There's an older man trying to seduce a Portuguese woman half his age who doesn't even speak English. Even the Prime Minister has a twisted sense of love - he fires a woman mostly because she's hot and he wants to go out with her.
|You're fired. Hey, you want to go out?|
|How I Met Your Mother|
|He'll be "walking dead" if her husband catches him|
While there are some sporadic funny moments here and there, and the superb cast elevates the shlocky material, it was tough for me to get over the serious cheese on display here. Love Actually posits that you don't need to learn a damn thing about a person to fall in love - it's perfect for the generation used to finding a mate by "swiping right."
Rating: 2.5 out of 5