In November 2003, the English ensemble film Love Actually opened in theatres and became the quintessential holiday rom-com. With 10 intersecting storylines about love taking place over the five weeks leading up to Christmas, Love Actually boasted an incredible cast that included Emma Thompson, Keira Knightely, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, and the then-virtual unknowns Andrew Lincoln and Chiwetel Ejiofor. That’s star power.
For every person that lists Love Actually as one of their favourite films, there are just as many cinephiles who hate the flick, but we’re not here to discuss the issues with Love Actually. We’re here to ignore them and celebrate a film that we haven’t tired of in 15 years. Our wasted hearts will love it always.
Of course, there is the risk of becoming someone who may be a little too into the holiday classic. But how can you tell whether you’re just a regular movie lover or someone who needs an intervention to stop them from watching Love Actually and weeping into the couch constantly (no one will shag you if you cry too much)?
Here are 18 signs that you might’ve watched Love Actually too many times.
3. You know that swearing in front of your boss isn’t an offence that could get you fired. There’s even the possibility you could still fall in love with them after a few ‘sh*ts’ (even if he/she is the Prime Minister).
8. You watch 90 Day Fiancé and believe that couples who don’t speak the same language can easily make their relationship work.
9. You assume every jewelry box contains Joni Mitchell’s CD Both Sides Now.
10. You don’t feel any shame in watching porn because you know the actors on screen probably fell in love with one another during filming.
11. When you survive a difficult moment and come out the other side, you whisper “Enough” to yourself and instantly feel better.
12. Thin and bearded Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead is a different actor than clean shaved and curly haired Andrew Lincoln in Love Actually. No one can tell you differently.
13. When giving someone directions to your house, you think specifying whether it’s the nice end or dodgy end of the street is enough clarification.
14. You can forgive Alan Rickman for working for Lord Voldermort, but you can’t forgive him for cheating on Emma Thompson.
15. You’re disappointed by Christmas pageants that are lobster-free.
16. You can’t decide whether this scene with Emma Thompson…
…or this scene with Laura Linney is more heartbreaking.
17. Every piece of white Bristol board is waiting to have the words “To me you are perfect” written on them.
18. You know it’s actually impossible to watch Love Actually too many times.