I realize I’m going to lose a lot of credibility points on this one, but f–k it! Yes, this is hopelessly contrived. Yes, it inspired a horrendously insipid genre of all-star casts falling in love around the holidays. But this is one of my all-time favorite films and one that always brings a smile to my face. This is probably my biggest guilty pleasure, but I don’t feel that guilty about it. There’s terrific acting (especially by Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Bill Nighy, and Laura Linney), a smart script, and is one of those movies that genuinely tries to make you feel good … and succeeds. Next to “A Christmas Story” and “Bad Santa,” this is my all-time favorite Christmas film.
For penance, I tried finding a link to the parody that “30 Rock” did for their own version of “Love Actually”: “Martin Luther King Day” … but alas, this no longer available in good quality on the net.