10 Favorite Scenes from Love Actually
The movie that showed us that love (and Christmas) is actually all around.
(SPOT.ph) The premise for Love Actually (2003)-nine interconnected love stories which take place during the run-up to Christmas day-sounds cloying at first. But the multiple storylines expertly juggled by writer-director Richard Curtis, the dream cast of mostly British actors, and that dry British wit, all come together to create a beloved modern classic that still feels fresh a decade later.
In honor of Love Actually's 10th anniversary, we count down our picks of the best scenes in the movie. Did we miss yours? Tell us in the comments section!
10. I am Colin. God of Sex.
Colin (Kris Marshall) is rebuffed by all the girls in London so he goes to Wisconsin, certain he'll win over the American girls with his cute British accent. His plan works and soon enough, he’s having a sleepover with a bevy of beauties.
Why we love it: It's a wish fulfillment fantasy. The loveable loser finally gets to shag not one but four hotties.
Colin: Stateside I am Prince William without the weird family.
9. Would you like it gift wrapped?
Only Rowan Atkinson (Rufus) can make gift wrapping so hilarious. He offers to wrap the present that Harry (Alan Rickman) secretly bought for his secretary Mia (Heike Makatsch). But he gets carried away with the roses, lavender, and cinnamon stick.
Why we love it: Martha Stewart, eat your heart out!
Rufus: Oh this isn’t a bag, sir.
Rufus: This is SO much more than a bag...
8. Try not to disturb the eels
After discovering that his girlfriend is cheating on him with his brother, Jamie (Colin Firth) retreats to a French cottage where he meets a kind and beautiful Portuguese maid named Aurelia (Lucia Moniz). One day, Jamie is typing up his novel by the lakeside and a strong wind blows the finished pages into the water. To his amazement, Aurelia dives in to retrieve his work.
Why we love it: We’d fall in love with someone too if they jumped in a freezing cold lake to save our not-so-good novel. Jamie and Aurelia prove they're on the same page, even with the language barrier.
Jamie: [in English] It’s my favorite time of day, driving you.
Aurelia: [in Portuguese] It’s the saddest part of my day, leaving you.
7. A normal day at the office
Is there a more awkward place for a meet-cute than a porn film set? John (Martin Freeman) and Judy (Joanna Page) are lighting stand-ins for porn stars. While being naked and simulating sex, they make small talk and get to know each other. Finally, a nervous John gathers the nerve to ask her out.
Why we love it: You would expect it to be raunchy because they're naked half the time, but it's actually very sweet and innocent. It's endearing when Judy tells John, "All I want for Christmas... is you!" or when he leaps for joy after their first kiss.
John: [while he is fake humping Judy] It's Junction 13 that's just murder, isn't it? Total gridlock this morning.
6. Love interrupted
Sarah (Laura Linney) has been pining for Karl (Rodrigo Santoro) for the longest time. When they finally have a chance to be together, their hook-up is interrupted by phone calls from Sarah's mentally ill brother.
Why we love it: It starts out promising, with Sarah's cute happy dance and a shirtless Karl on her bed. And then things go south. Say it with us: "Don't answer the phone!"
Karl: Life is full of interruptions and complications.
5. Dancing Prime Minister
The British Prime Minister, David (Hugh Grant), holds his own and even stands up to the US President. He celebrates by dancing to the Pointer Sisters' "Jump (For My Love)."
Why we love it: It's magnificent. We'd be happy to see Hugh Grant shake his groove thing in all his movies. Remember "Pop! Goes My Heart" from Music and Lyrics? Another classic.
Female DJ: It's almost enough to make you feel patriotic, so here's one for our arse-kicking prime minister. A golden oldie for a golden oldie.
4. It might be that the people I love is, in fact...you
Aging rock star Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) makes a comeback with an unlikely Christmas hit, "Christmas is all around." He's all set to celebrate the holidays at Elton John's house, but he leaves the party to hang out with his manager Joe (Gregor Fisher), his one true friend.
Why we love it: Bill Nighy turns any scene into comedy gold. But when he gives his wickedly funny and touching speech, he makes us both laugh and cry.
Billy Mack: It’s a terrible, terrible mistake, Chubs, but you turn out to be the fucking love of my life. And to be honest, despite all my complaining, we have had a wonderful life.
3. The affair of the necklace
While the family is exchanging gifts, Karen (Emma Thompson) puts two and two together and realizes that her husband Harry (Alan Rickman) had bought a romantic gift-a heart necklace-for someone else. She excuses herself, goes to the bedroom to cry for a moment, and puts on a happy face for her kids.
Why we love it: The great Emma Thompson makes this a scene of quiet heartbreak and devastation. And that Joni Mitchell song delivers an emotional sucker punch.
Harry: [to Karen, when she opens his gift, a Joni Mitchell CD] To continue your emotional education.
2. The total agony of being in love
Recently widowed and motherless, Daniel (Liam Neeson) and his stepson Sam (Thomas Sangster) bond while trying to help Sam win the heart of his classmate Joanna (Olivia Olson). Unfortunately, Joanna is about to leave for the US. They make a mad dash to the airport so Sam can have the chance to tell Joanna how he feels.
Why we love it: Liam Neeson and Thomas Sangster are just so adorable together, and their story is truly heartwarming. When Daniel gives Sam a victory hug, we feel like cheering too.
Daniel: You’ve seen the films, kiddo. It ain’t over ’til it's over.
Sam: Okay, Dad. Let’s do it. Let’s go get the shit kicked out of us by love.
1. At Christmas you tell the truth
Mark (Andrew Lincoln) is hopelessly in love with his best friend Peter's (Chiwetel Ejiofor) wife, Juliet (Keira Knightley). He tries to hide it by being standoffish, but she eventually catches on. So he finally admits his true feelings.
Why we love it: Normally, it's a caddish thing to tell your best friend's wife you're in love with her, but Mark does make it clear he has no hope or agenda. And he made the most romantic declaration of love ever with poster cards.
Mark: To me, you are perfect. And my wasted heart will love you until you look like this. [picture of a mummy]