Christmas Movie Advent Calendar Day 22: Love Actually

Love Actually movie sceneWhat’s more Christmassy than love? And that’s why 2003 romantic comedy Love Actually is No. 4 on Disc Dish‘s list of the 25 best Christmas movies.

This British film has it all for a good time in front of the screen: laughs, tears, romance, a great cast … and even hottie Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean series).

Love Actually follows couples and singles dealing with love and life in inter-related tales during Christmas. There are newlyweds Knightley and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Salt), married couple Emma Thompson (Nanny McPhee Returns) and Alan Rickman (No. 12’s Die Hard), Liam Neeson (The A-Team) who just lost his wife and is helping his son deal with grief, novelist Colin Firth (A Single Man) who found his girlfriend having an affair, Martin Freeman (British The Office) who meets the girl of his dreams as a stand-in for a porn movie, Laura Linney (The City of Your Final Destination) who tries to balance a crush on a co-worker with a demanding brother, Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean series) as a has-been singer who says he’ll de-robe on TV if his new Christmas single makes it to No. 1, and Hugh Grant (Did You Hear About the Morgans?) as the single British Prime Minister who falls for one of his staffers.

The movie is filled with touching moments and scenes that will have you in stitches, like the nerdy Brit who goes to America with the idea that there he’ll be able to score, and the girls who demand a Christmas carol from Grant’s Prime Minister — and him singing it with back-up from his chauffeur.

The first film directed by Richard Curtis (Pirate Radio), who wrote Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones’s Diary as well as Love Actually, the R-rated movie grossed $59 million when it was in theaters.

Love Actually is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Check out the rest of the Disc Dish Christmas Movie Advent Calendar.

About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.