Love Actually red flags list including stalking divides film fans
Love Actually is one of the biggest Christmas movies of our times, becoming an instant favourite when it was released in the early 2000s.
Written by British comedy favourite Richard Curtis and showcasing a star-studded cast, not to mention one of the most iconic musical scenes when Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You is belted out by youngster Joanna, it's a firm staple in many festive film collections.
But when daytime TV host Jeremy Vine did a deep-dive into the film and discussed whether it had stood the test of time, he discovered there were many "red flags" 20 years later.
Talking about the various dubious moments on his show, the star sparked a fierce debate between fans of the romcom and those who believe it has had its day.
Jeremy pointed out that most of the film's ensemble cast are white – which sadly wasn't uncommon in many movies during that decade.
He then claimed that one of the main black characters, Peter, who was played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, had a "truly ghastly" best friend in Andrew Lincoln's Mark.
Mark is secretly in love with Peter's new wife, played by Keira Knightley, and later turns up at her house to profess his true feelings, all the while knowing his buddy was inside.
Declaring the storyline "red flag number two", Jeremy told viewers: "This guy is the one who is basically in love with Keira Knightly, who is married."
Then describing the character as a "stalker," the TV host continued: "We're supposed to think it's interesting? It's sort of, somehow, I don't know. Exciting or sympathetic?"
The journalist went on to point out that Martine McCutcheon's character Natalie regularly faces comments about her weight, insisting the "fat shaming" was yet another red flag.
He also pointed out there was a lack of gay characters and claimed that all the women in the film "seem to be controlled by men".
Flocking to social media to furiously hit back against Jeremy's comments on their beloved Christmas film, fans were enraged.
"If you don't like it don't watch it, but millions love this movie, and I'm one of them, especially the ending part at the airport," one person said.
"Ridiculous, it's a great film," another watcher slammed, while a third suggested: "Or maybe a lot of people think it's just a lovely film and love watching it and if you're that triggered by it, don't watch."
"So every person who lives with unrequited love is a stalker…. Worlds gone mad," a fourth said.
One viewer agreed with the presenter's points, saying they "always found this film a bit creepy. Don't know why it's so popular??"
While another told him off for trying to hold a 20 year old film up by "today's standards".
"Would it be made today? No. If it was then no doubt the white washing, body jokes, straightness etc would be jumped on immediately. But it wasn't, so get over yourself," they finished.
Fans are rewatching the movie in their droves as cast and crew alike are celebrating its 20 year anniversary this month.
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