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It's this time of year again, so lets talk how how ACTUALLY messed up this popular christmas movie actually is:

Colin Firth and the Portuguese woman: He gets "given" this woman as a maid? she speaks no english whatsoever and he falls in love at first sight? then his family tries to "sell him" the other daughter but shes too ugly and fat in their words?

Hugh grant as the horny prime minister and Natalie who despite working her way to the prime ministers office constantly gets called fat by everyone in the movie which is insane shes a size 6.. He fires her for being too hot which is a full lawsuit but ok. He also pulls up a picture of margaret thatcher and says something sexual about her because got forbid a woman exist in this movie not in a sexualised way.

Emma thompson's character is the only female character with more than like 30 words and because of that she gets cheated on by her husband who buys jwerly for his secretary? what was the lesson there exactly?

Keira knightly is marrying some guy and the BEST FRIEND of her husband shot the creepiest wedding film of just close ups of her face and we are supposed to be enamoured by this?

The porno scene? where he has to cup her breasts and simulate sex? what exactly was the point of that?

Laura linney has a mentally ill brother she has to tend to sometimes and thats her big dirty secret that makes the guy she has been in love with for years not wanna sleep with her... umwtf

It's this time of year again, so lets talk how how ACTUALLY messed up this popular christmas movie actually is: Colin Firth and the Portuguese woman: He gets "given" this woman as a maid? she speaks no english whatsoever and he falls in love at first sight? then his family tries to "sell him" the other daughter but shes too ugly and fat in their words? Hugh grant as the horny prime minister and Natalie who despite working her way to the prime ministers office constantly gets called fat by everyone in the movie which is insane shes a size 6.. He fires her for being too hot which is a full lawsuit but ok. He also pulls up a picture of margaret thatcher and says something sexual about her because got forbid a woman exist in this movie not in a sexualised way. Emma thompson's character is the only female character with more than like 30 words and because of that she gets cheated on by her husband who buys jwerly for his secretary? what was the lesson there exactly? Keira knightly is marrying some guy and the BEST FRIEND of her husband shot the creepiest wedding film of just close ups of her face and we are supposed to be enamoured by this? The porno scene? where he has to cup her breasts and simulate sex? what exactly was the point of that? Laura linney has a mentally ill brother she has to tend to sometimes and thats her big dirty secret that makes the guy she has been in love with for years not wanna sleep with her... umwtf

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I’m so tired of the trope that women enjoy being stalked and violated and that it’s ok because he totally luvs her.

Yeah, they actually have Keira kiss him after the creepy reveal when a real woman would never.

Yeah, I can imagine the sick, sinking feeling in my stomach I would get if my (hypothetical) boyfriend/husband’s best friend declared his love for me....can you imagine how mortified and uncomfortable you’d feel :/

All of my friends love this movie dearly. The first time I saw it it made me want to leave the human race. I found it profoundly depressing and disturbing. I hate it.

I actually refused to see it once I heard the plotline . . . I've never seen it!

"Plotline" is a stretch - there isn't one. It's a collection of not-very-well fleshed out mini stories.

The only ones I found engaging were Hugh Grant/Martine McCutcheon (partly because both can actually act), and also the little girl who sings was very talented. I expected her to become more famous than she has, though according to Wikipedia she's doing okay.

Same. It's an awful film and I do not get its popularity at all.

I'm with you on this, but I think Emma Thompson's acting in this was excellent. The scene where she opens her gift and finds a cd instead of the necklace was really moving. When she was quietly crying by herself so her family wouldn't hear really got to me.

Been a while since I watched it but maybe it's actually supposed to be an anti love movie, because there isn't a single example of a healthy and stable love in it.

I hate that movie. Like I am passionate about hating it. It’s not just bad, it’s aggressively anti-romantic.

[–] ProxyMusic 14 points Edited

I hated that film too. My memory of it is probably off because when I watched it I kept going blind with rage, but as I recall it the annoying little boy who had the mad crush on a girl was portrayed as cute and sweet when, in fact, his character and story arc were creepy and sexist. The boy was a budding sex pest and stalker. He was applauded and deemed adorable for being totally obsessed with the female "object of his affections" and encouraged to "follow her anywhere" so he could hound her with dramatic, mawkish displays of his OTT feelings in the belief that this is a totally normal, appropriate way for males to behave towards females and it will succeed in "winning her over."

I was really disappointed in all the intelligent actors who took part in this film, as well as in screenwriter and director Richard Curtis.

I’ve never understood why this film tops Christmas film lists. Even at the time it came out I thought it was pretty bad. Emma Thompson character was so put upon and he treats her like an old dishrag.

I watched it again recently and it hasn’t aged well at all. The bit with Martin Freeman and Joanna Page was uncomfortable viewing not at all sweet.

The guy with the obsession with his mates wife was awful too, like why would you do that to your friend, and also put his wife in the horrible position of knowing this secret.

You also had the guy encouraging his stepson to chase that girl down at the airport, again creepy.

Emma Thompson character was so put upon and he treats her like an old dishrag.

Pretty ironic given her real-life husband is several years younger than she is.

Yes, Greg Wise, who got together with her when they made Sense and Sensibility, iirc!

I hope it's ok to admit here that I despise Richard Curtis's cutesy sentimentality and sensibilities. A lot of his films are fine on the surface but they've never really resonated with me as romances (and I LOVE romcoms) because their conceptions of what love is and how it manifests is so hollow that even as an enjoyer of vapid love stories I'm left feeling a bit empty.

I've seen Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral, About Time but the only one of his films I've returned to and loved is Bridget Jones's Diary (just the first one), which isn't even his story really.

I hope it's ok to admit here that I despise Richard Curtis's cutesy sentimentality and sensibilities.

It's not only okay, it's welcome.

I loved Four Weddings. I quite enjoyed Notting Hill.

Love Actually was execrable.

The first two Bridget Jones' Diary films were good. However I think the third, which he wasn't involved in, is by far the best.

I lasted twenty minutes into Bridget Jones. Loathed it. Most disappointed.

I have not seen this movie in decades, the only thing I remember is being aghast that someone as young as Kiera Knightley was getting married. (She was 18, I was 25 and engaged and felt like I was a little too young to be getting married - and I was right, lol.)

She really can't act. She was okay in Bend it like Beckham but awful in pretty much everything since. I now avoid any movies with her in.

The other day my kid was watching some Disney movie about Outer Realms or something (a version of the Nutcracker). There was this character in it who was so irritating I had to get my kid to turn the volume down. The voice!!!!

Anyway, I looked up the cast and the character (Sugar Plum Fairy) turned out to be Keira Knightley. Even so disguised I couldn't recognise her, so had no prejudices towards the performance, she was unbearably awful.

This goes to show my evolution into feminism, but when I watched it the year it came out as a thirty year old I didn't see that much wrong with it. Someone gave the DVD to me as a Christmas present. I remember watching it later on DVD when I was around 40 and my daughter was 18. I remember my daughter who is anglo American being disgusted with the creepy guy who was selling sandwiches in London and then took a plane ride to Wisconsin (?) and suddenly all the American women were into him. Now I am 50 I see it the same way as the OP.

Thinking back to many movies I watched when I was younger, there was so much sexism. Thinking of the Sixteen Candles movie and the date rape scene which didn't raise any ire at all.

Finally! Somebody else who sees this film for the sexist garbage it is. I'm so tired of people celebrating this film like it's the pinnacle of true love when really it's a bunch of male fantasies stapled together. The Holiday is a much better film imo.

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