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Yeah, I went to see this movie when it came out and tensions were high in the UK against George Bush’s Iraq policies. And lots of people in the my audience in D.C. were clapping during the scene when Grant puts the “ugly American” in his place. Anti-Bush and anti-Iraq war sentiment was high.

I felt some reluctant charm for Love Actually, but along with Hugh Grant hitting on his young staffer, Colin Firth is hitting on his housekeeper, and Alan Rickman contemplating cheating on his devoted middle-aged wife with a young and sexy assistant, I definitely came away with the message that powerful men and young pretty women in socially inferior positions is supposed to the epitome of romance.