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Finally, It’s Time For “Love Actually” At Christmas

We don’t have many rules in our house, but interestingly two of them come into force during the Holiday Season.

  1. No Christmas music shall be played until the day after Thanksgiving.
  2. Bob’s favorite Christmas film, “Love Actually” can’t be viewed until December.

Last night Leslie said that’s she’d got her head around the fact that we were into December; so the gloves came off and I fired up the video. There was the opening shot of Bill Nighy singing “If You Really Love Christmas”. Great stuff.

Since “Love Actually” was released in 2003 this will make our 9th. viewing. Without doubt an outstanding Christmas feel-good movie. [Note to parents: it’s R rated.]

Christmas Video At It's Best

If you’ve somehow managed to avoid this treasure, here’s a quickie synopsis from Amazon:

With no fewer than eight couples vying for our attention, Love Actually is like the Boston Marathon of romantic comedies, and everybody wins … With Love Actually, [Director Richard] Curtis orchestrates a minor miracle of romantic choreography, guiding a brilliant cast of stars and newcomers as they careen toward love and holiday cheer in London … Curtis wraps his Christmas gift with enough happy endings to sweeten a dozen other movies. — Jeff Shannon

The cast includes lots of my favorites: Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson. Plus the soundtrack is excellent.

After you finish watching “Love Actually”, make sure to try “Girl In The Cafe” which I think is one of Bill Nighy’s best performances, and the more recent “Last Chance Harvey” with Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman.

Luckily we don’t yet have any rules about me adding snowflakes to the blog during Christmas. However I’ve been notified that this may change.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

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3 thoughts on “Finally, It’s Time For “Love Actually” At Christmas

  1. The snow’s gotta go.

    Posted by Leslie Gelber | December 6, 2009, 8:28 pm
  2. The ONLY movie to watch during December is “A Christmas Story” How can love stories compete with kids shooting their eyes out with a bb gun.

    I remember all of the kids getting Red Ryders and it wasn’t long before someone got their eye shot out. It has something to do with the low muzzle velocity causing the bb to ricochet easily. You don’t think of those things when you are ten.

    Posted by bob naquin | December 7, 2009, 12:50 pm
    • Bob,

      OK, I am now going to be in such serious trouble I have no place to hide. Leslie put “A Christmas Story” in our instant Netflix Queue last night and I said something like, “Why would I want to watch that!?”

      Guess what we’ll be watching tonight…

      Posted by Bob Gelber | December 7, 2009, 4:30 pm

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