‘Love Ac­tu­ally’ turns 15, but for us, it’s eter­nal

USA TODAY International Edition - - LIFE - Han­nah Yasharoff

Fif­teen years later, “Love Ac­tu­ally” is still all around. The Christ­mas-cen­tric rom-com hit the­aters on Nov. 7, 2003, and warmed all of our cold, cyn­i­cal hearts with a myr­iad of in­ter­sect­ing love sto­ries. “It seems to me that love is ev­ery­where,” the Bri­tish prime min­is­ter (Hugh Grant) says in the open­ing voiceover. “Of­ten, it’s not par­tic­u­larly dig­nified or news­wor­thy, but it’s al­ways there: fa­thers and sons, moth­ers and daugh­ters, hus­bands and wives, boyfriends, girl­friends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Tow­ers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the peo­ple on board were mes­sages of hate or re­venge – they were all mes­sages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feel­ing you’ll find that love ac­tu­ally is all around.” We rounded up the 15 best quotes from the movie to mark the an­niver­sary: Some made us laugh, oth­ers made us cry (for good or bad), but all had some­thing pro­found to teach us about love.

1 Jamie (Colin Firth) and Aure­lia (Lu­cia Moniz) prove love defies lan­guage bar­ri­ers.

Jamie (in English, to his house­keeper): “It’s my fa­vorite time of day, driv­ing you.” Aure­lia (in Por­tuguese): “It’s the sad­dest part of my day, leav­ing you.”

2 Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sang­ster) re­minds his dad that love can be stress­ful at any stage in life.

Daniel (Liam Nee­son): “Aren’t you a bit young to be in love?”

Sam: “No.”

Daniel: “Oh, well, OK, right. Well, I mean, I’m a lit­tle re­lieved.”

Sam: “Why?”

Daniel: “Well, be­cause I thought it would be some­thing worse.”

Sam: “Worse than the to­tal agony of be­ing in love?”

Daniel: “Oh. No, you’re right. Yeah, to­tal agony.”

3 Juliet (Keira Knight­ley) re­minds us that self-love is im­por­tant, too.

Juliet: “I look quite pretty.”

4 Karen gives her friend some tough love.

Karen (Emma Thomp­son) to Daniel: “Get a grip, peo­ple hate sissies. No one’s ever go­ing to shag you if you cry all the time.”

5 The prime min­is­ter dis­plays love for his coun­try ... and se­cretly one of his staff mem­bers.

Re­porter: “Mr. Pres­i­dent, has it been a good visit?”

The pres­i­dent (Billy Bob Thorn­ton): “Very sat­is­fac­tory, in­deed. We got what we came for, and our spe­cial re­la­tion­ship is still very spe­cial.”

Re­porter: “Prime Min­is­ter?”

The prime min­is­ter, af­ter the pres­i­dent made in­ap­pro­pri­ate com­ments about Na­talie (Mar­tine McCutcheon), a staffer the prime min­is­ter has a crush on: “I love that word, ‘re­la­tion­ship.’ Cov­ers all man­ner of sins, doesn’t it? I fear that this has be­come a bad re­la­tion­ship; a re­la­tion­ship based on the pres­i­dent tak­ing ex­actly what he wants and ca­su­ally ig­nor­ing all those things that re­ally mat­ter to, um ... Bri­tain.

“We may be a small coun­try, but we’re a great one, too. The coun­try of Shake­speare, Churchill, The Bea­tles, Sean Con­nery, Harry Pot­ter. David Beck­ham’s right foot. David Beck­ham’s left foot, come to that. And a friend who bul­lies us is no longer a friend. And since bul­lies only re­spond to strength, from now on­ward I will be pre­pared to be much stronger. And the pres­i­dent should be pre­pared for that.”

6 Sam points out love is a lot eas­ier if you’re in a band.

Sam: “Girls love mu­si­cians, don’t they? Even the re­ally weird ones get girl­friends.”

7 Aure­lia ap­pre­ci­ates the lit­tle quirks.

Aure­lia (in Por­tuguese): “I will miss you. And your very slow typ­ing ... and your very bad driv­ing.”

8 Daniel re­minds us that re­watch­ing ‘Ti­tanic’ is al­ways a good idea.

Daniel: “We need Kate, and we need Leo. And we need them now.”

9 Daniel of­fers some fa­therly ad­vice.

Daniel: “Tell her that you love her. You’ve got noth­ing to lose and you’ll al­ways re­gret it if you don’t.”

10 Sam shares high praise of his crush.

Sam: “She’s the coolest girl in school and ev­ery­one wor­ships her be­cause she’s heaven.”

11 Karen em­bod­ies the heart­break over infidelity.

Harry (Alan Rick­man), af­ter dis­cov­er­ing his wife knows he bought ex­pen­sive jew­elry for an­other woman: “God, I am so in the wrong. The clas­sic fool.”

Karen: “Yes, but you’ve also made a fool out of me. You’ve made the life I lead fool­ish, too.”

12 Mark (An­drew Lin­coln) takes a big risk ...

Mark, hold­ing up cue cards to con­fess his true feel­ings about Juliet with­out Peter (Chi­we­tel Ejio­for), his best friend and her new hus­band, hear­ing him: “But for now, let me say ... With­out hope or agenda ... Just be­cause it’s Christ­mas ... And at Christ­mas you tell the truth ... To me, you are per­fect.”

13... and so does Sam.

Sam: “OK, Dad. Let’s do it. Let’s go get the (ex­ple­tive) kicked out of us by love.”

14 Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) makes us be­lieve even cyn­ics can find love.

Billy to his man­ager, Joe (Gre­gor Fisher): “It’s a ter­ri­ble mis­take, Chubs, but you turn out to be the (ex­ple­tive) love of my life. And to be hon­est, de­spite all my com­plain­ing, we have had a won­der­ful life.”

15 Sam fore­shad­ows the fate of a few cou­ples.

Sam: “The thing about ro­mance is peo­ple only get to­gether right at the very end.”

PHO­TOS BY PETER MOUN­TAIN/UNI­VER­SAL STU­DIOS

The se­cret’s out for David (Hugh Grant) and Na­talie (Mar­tine McCutcheon) in “Love Ac­tu­ally.”

David (Grant) gets his groove on to the Pointer Sis­ters.

Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sang­ster, left) and Daniel (Liam Nee­son) have a fa­ther-son mo­ment.

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