23 Reasons To Love 'Love Actually'

"Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the twin towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around." -Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister

"Love Actually" is a movie that represents all types of love. You have the grieving widower and his stepson, the cheating husband, the employer and employee relationship, a couple of complicated brother-sister relationships, young love, new love, unrequited love, love despite language and whatever that is with Billy Mack and his manager. It shows us that love is actually all around us when you look for it, and it comes in all forms. The best part, all of the love stories intertwine. Characters bump into each other, friends help each other through their love crises and Billy Mack's unusual Christmas performance helps young Sam get to his one true love. The movie is the perfect mesh of romance and comedy. If you still aren't convinced, here is a list of 23 definitive moments that make this a great movie.

1. Lobsters in the nativity scene.

2. This terribly relatable moment.

"Tell me, exactly, how long it is that you've been working here?"

"Two years, seven months, three days and I suppose, what...two hours?"

"And how long have you been in love with Karl, our enigmatic chief designer?"

" Ahm, two years, seven months, three days and, I suppose, an hour and thirty minutes."

3. The greatest wedding surprise ever.

"No surprises?"

"No surprises."

"Not like the stag night?"

"Unlike the stag night."

"Do you admit the Brazilian prostitutes were a mistake?"

"I do."

"And it would have been much better if they'd not turned out to be men?"

"That is true."

Oh, Mark, you surprise-filled liar.

4. Hugh Grant's epic dance solo.

5. This important PSA.

6. These girls busting some moves.

7. The bonding between step-father and step-son.

"Well, we need Kate, and we need Leo, and we need them now."

8. The reminder of what, exactly, England has to offer us.

9. The unfortunate language barrier.

10. Miss Dunkin Donut 2003.

11. The art of gift wrapping.

12. True love’s dedication.

13. Can’t forget about the octopus in the nativity.

14. The big reveal.

"What do we do now?"

"Smile. Little bow. And a wave."

15. The classic airport dash...with a twist.

16. The reminder that love has no age limit...

"Aren't you a bit young to be in love?"


"Oh, well okay."

...or any limit, really.

"And... and much as it grieves me to say it, it... it might be that the people I love is, in fact... you."

17. The reminder that sometimes, your family has all the love you need.

18. The ugly duckling story.

"Colin, you're a lonely, ugly asshole. you must accept it."

"Never! I am Colin, God of Sex. I'm just on the wrong continent is all."

19. This heartwarming display of affection...

...and the heart-breaking realization that he will forever be the "husband's best friend."

20. A fantastic rendition of “All I Want For Christmas is You.”

21. A father's love for his daughters.

22. The appropriate entourage for a spur-of-the-moment proposal.

23. This show of strength in the face of heartbreak.

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