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Modern Audiences Call For Classic Christmas Film Love Actually To Be Cancelled

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Modern Audiences Call For Classic Christmas Film Love Actually To Be Cancelled

Whether you love it or hate it, Love Actually is a festive classic which follows the lives of multiple couples dealing with their love lives during the month before Christmas.

Directed by Richard Curtis - arguably one of the best rom-com writers of all time (Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral and About Time if you need any proof) - it stars Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson... to name a few.

With interrelated tales of adultery, a workplace romance between the Prime Minister and his tea lady, as well as one man's pursuit of his best mate's new wife, modern audiences are calling for it to be cancelled.

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Taking to social media, people are calling out the movie for 'ageing poorly' and passing on toxic messages about women and relationships.

Erm, did anyone see the blossoming relationship between Liam Neeson's character and his step son or what?!

Taking to Twitter, one person wrote: "Seeing lots of hate for Love Actually and I just want you to know that, I'm with you. The movie is absolutely terrible and promotes so many toxic relationship traits."

While another added: "Love Actually is actually one of the worst movies ever. It is one big celebration of toxic relationships.

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"It's not romantic or loving at all. It's infuriating and borderline grotesque that it is this celebrated and trends every year."

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Credit: United Archives GmbH/Alamy Stock Photo

However, one writer has gone into detail about why the film shouldn't be cancelled and instead audiences should set aside their quibbles with the movie and appreciate it for the serotonin boost it really is.

Australian writer Kathy Parker tackles Colin Firth's character Jamie and his relationship with Aurelia (Lúcia Moniz). 

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Some argue Aurelia is basically 'sex trafficked' to France to work for Firth, who doesn't speak the same language as her, meaning neither of them understand each other.

Parker argues that while it may be a little ridiculous that they fall for each other without exchanging a single word, they have a clear bond that can be seen in the film, so the relationship is fine.

Next up is PM Hugh Grant and PA Martine McCutcheon.

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Kathy points out that while PA Natalie makes it clear that her ex-boyfriend was very gross about her weight, from that point on, any reference to her weight is 'ironic humour'.

Then there's Knightley (Juliet), and her love triangle with Andrew Lincoln (Mark) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Peter). 

"Mark is not a creepy sociopathic stalker," Kathy argues. "He is just some guy majorly suffering the agony of unrequited love."

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Topics: TV and Film

Rebecca Shepherd
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