A Love Letter to Love Actually (from a dude)

Today is an exciting day. We here at CulturePoppe have our first guest post and it’s from the one and only Sam Davidson. I’ve known Sam since high school from our days in the youth group at First Baptist Nashville. We went on mission trips together, sang in the youth choir together and at one point even lead a weekly “family group” bible study together. Let me make it clear that when I say “lead”, I mean Sam actually lead and I co-lead in title only. I was the moral support if he ever needed it.

Regardless, we had some good times, I think. Now Sam is the co-founder of the fantastic Cool People Care, an organization I can’t support enough, an author of three books you all need to read, and father to one of the cutest kids around. He’s busy. So, to have him write a post for us is much too kind.

Christmas is just under two weeks away so I’m sure everyone has delved into their Christmas movie collections and began debating with themselves which Christmas movie is their favorite. Well, don’t worry any more because Sam is about to answer that question for you.

Take it away, Sam.

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Ugh. New Year’s Eve just came out. Those of us who can see a crappy movie from a mile away know this is a sad replay of Valentine’s Day, which was a lackluster attempt at achieving one-tenth of the awesomeness that was – and is – Love Actually.

I’m a guy. But I will go on record every day of the year to say that Love Actually is in my top five all time favorite movies. I don’t pick favorites by the same cinematic criteria that Oscar voters do. I say a movie makes it into the Top 5 if I can watch it anytime, anywhere.

Full disclosure: the other four I can watch at any point – even right now – are:

The Dark Knight

V for Vendetta

Napoleon Dynamite

Rent

Don’t judge. What’s in your Top 5? Speed? Clueless or Star Wars? Whatevs.

Love Actually should always be watched during Christmas. It’s the best Christmas movie ever. Ever. Elf and Christmas Vacation tie for second. Everything else is okay. No – I don’t care for A Christmas Story. Get over it. Right now. Because it’s time for me to tell you why Love Actually is a cinematic Christmas present to humanity.

This is one of the most hopeful movies you will ever see. The possibility of love – for all of us – is what keeps us going most days. We could have gotten fired, our dog could have run away, we may have misplaced our Hootie and the Blowfish CD (“Cracked Rear View,” not “Fairweather Johnson”), but if we have someone in our life who loves us – and we, they – then all of that can be overcome. And if we don’t have a steady, the chances that at any given moment – like when we’re asked to be a nude stand-in on a movie set – we could find our soulmate at least makes us want to get out of the bed in the morning, and not just because we have to pee really bad.

You know what else is great about this movie? The British accents don’t require subtitles. I love Ricky Gervais and his original Office, but I had to watch it all with subtitles. Love Actually does not make you read anything.

The intertwining of all the relationships is also beautiful, done before Lost really showed us how to do it. (Fun fact: the only people who don’t know other people in Love Actually are Billy Mack and his manager. This is also the only platonic relationship pair portrayed, showing love is so big, it’s not only romantic. Thanks, Wikipedia!) As the movie unfolds, you see everyone knows each other that you can’t help but hope they do a sequel set at Thanksgiving where they all end up eating together. So fun!

The only thing worth debating about this movie is which relationship pair is the most awesome. Is it David (the Prime Minister) and Natalie ? Or maybe Jamie and Aurelia? Or the innocence of Sam and Joanna? Epic endings make for awesome movies and Love Actually packs a hell of a punch in this arena. The flick – clocking in at over two hours – never drags. If you think it does, then you should be dragged outside and your TV destroyed.

Love Actually has some choice language. And shots of boobs and butts. So it’s not exactly the thing you pop on while you’re at Grandma’s house (who is chief church lady at her local congregation) while you’re opening presents with your niece and nephew who are 4 and 7, respectively. But it is the thing you watch while decorating the tree with your friends, after the kids go to sleep, while you make and enjoy hot chocolate, after you get home from 4th of July fireworks, before you go on your next business trip, and when you don’t feel like watching anything that’s in your Netflix Instant queue, even though you have 83 things in there. (Seriously – go remove Hot Tub Time Machine, Scrubs, and She’s All That right now. You will never watch any of these.)

If you haven’t seen Love Actually, stop being a Grinch and go get it now. Fall in love with a movie about love. We all love love. We do. So go love loving love for a few hours.

And if you still don’t believe me that this is one of the five best movies ever and that it’s the best Christmas movie of all time, then watch out; I’m primed to write a treatise on why Lakehouse is one of the best love stories of our generation.

Because it is.

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Agree? Disagree? What’s your favorite Christmas movie? For me Love Actually is a very close second to Home Alone. But, like Sam, I could watch Love Actually (and Rent) any time, any where.

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8 thoughts on “A Love Letter to Love Actually (from a dude)

  1. I am a guy and I can confirm what this other guy says. Also, Jamie and Aurelia win for best storyline. “Beautiful Aurelia, I’ve come here with a view of 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.”

  2. Lvoe Actually is very high on my list of amazing movies! I love the Jamie & Aurelia pairing, but my favourite part is probably when Mark comes to Peter & Juliet’s door with his hand-written cards. I really want someone to show up at my door one snowy night with bad carol-singer music and declare their love for me! Sadly, my life is almost a mirror-image to Sarah’s, complete with a terrible unrequited love story never to be played out in real life. But, that’s why we have the movies! 🙂

  3. This is one of the few movies I own and actually watch year round. I think Jamie and Aurelia might be my favorite if only for the line “just in cases” which I have been known to say in everyday conversation.

    Great post Sam!

    • Oh and when I realized I was going to be in London at Christmas time this year, I got a little excited because of the whole Love Actually association. If they only had a Love Actually tour. All I found was a tour about some movie called Harry Potter.

  4. Love this post. Saw it through a friend who posted it online.

    Also, I watch Love Actually like 10 times a year, but watch it the most in December. It’s absolute perfection. Each relationship (even among the various siblings) is beautiful, but sometimes tragic in its own way, just as all relationships are in real life.

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