What made Love Actually stand out from other light romantic comedies is that it showed love to be a many splendoured thing. It is innocent and tender. It also involves sacrifice and loss. It can be betrayed and the consequences are serious. It prompts in us moments of self-awareness. It necessitates that we expose ourselves to risk. It is unfortunate that this film isn’t appropriate for teenagers as it says a lot more of substance about love than do most teen flicks.
I'd add a couple other movies to my list of romantic comedies:
- Hitch, the Will Smith comedy about a love advisor who finds it more difficult to manage his own personal life.
- Moonstruck, the wonderful love story between a closed off widow played by Cher and the tormented younger brother of her fiancee.
- Crossing Delancey, the story of a modern woman whose grandmother hires a matchmaker to find her a man.
- Something's Gotta Give, the story of love for the over 50 set. Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton are both great.
- Sabrina, the story of love between a stuffy businessman and his chauffeur's daughter. It is wonderful in either the Humphrey Bogart or Harrison Ford version.
- Anything with Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn.