Let’s resolve this drawback: is love really an excellent film?

Love actually.

We are 99.9 percent sure that these two words immediately triggered a very strong reaction in you. That is the power of Richard Curtis’ Vacation rom-com.

Released in 2003 and featuring a who’s who of British actors –Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Kiera Knightley, Alan Rickman, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Andrew Lincoln, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Martin Freeman and Bill Nighy –Love actually became an instant classic for many. But for others it has become a stain on their favorite season.

For every fan who thinks the airport assembly is powerless, there is another observer who thinks it is greasy. And while some Grants see Prime Ministers charming, others think his pursuit of one of his employees is kind of creepy. And don’t even let a hater start on the “To me, you are perfect” sign unless you want to lose about an hour of your day.

In honor of the 17th anniversary, we’re settling the debate once and for all: Is love actually a good film? And, perhaps more importantly, does it matter if it isn’t?

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