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7.5 Keira Knightley Gets Some Christmas Love

Love Actually is a flawed film.  There are hilarious moments.  There are cliché moments.  There are moments when good acting talent is wasted.  And there are moments when the film descends into the ridiculous, such as when the British Prime Minister (played by Hugh Grant) is caught kissing his catering manager backstage at a grade school play.  Cute, but ridiculous.  

But there is one moment in the film that stands out above all others to me.  Of course, it is utterly fantastical–I don’t know many men who would have the imagination or the grace to make such a gesture.  (And I know still fewer women who would be able to resist it.) But I’m a sucker for it nonetheless.  The moment I am talking about is when the character, Mark (played by Andrew Lincoln) shows up at the front door of his best friend’s wife (the character Juliet, played by Keira Knightley) to tell her that he is in love with her.  And it’s done in such a wistful, funny, quiet way that it’s beautiful.

7.4 Buddy the Elf and the Throne of Lies
December 25, 2008, 12:00 pm
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I think Will Ferrell’s portrayal of Buddy in the movie Elf is destined to be one of the classic characters of Christmases to come–for our kids, and our kids’ kids.  He’s just that hilarious.

He plays the role of an adopted elf (a normal sized adult who was raised among the elves in the North Pole) who has come to Manhattan to find his birth father.  The wide-eyed innocence with which Ferrell interprets the character is hilarious–actually believing a diner serves “the world’s best coffee”; his fascination with the revolving doors on buildings (insisting on pushing them around and around until he’s dizzy); and thinking that a department store Santa might actually be real.

In the following scene, Buddy (Ferrell) recognizes that he’s made a mistake, and that Santa (at least in this particular case) isn’t all he’s cracked up to be.  It’s laugh out loud funny.  Merry Christmas!

7.2 The Triple Dog Dare: Flick Licks the Flagpole

Holy smokes, who can forget when Ralphie’s friend Flick (played by actor Scotty Schwartz) accepts the Triple Dog Dare to lick the flagpole in A Christmas Story?  It is easily one of the best scenes ever in Christmas film history.  And frighteningly familiar:  I knew a kid who did the same thing at recess back in 2nd grade, and it was just as painful, embarrassing, and pee-your-pants funny as it was in the movie.

Now, please forgive me for being irreverent during this Christmas season, but every time I watch it, I can’t help but wonder whether there was some deliberate symbolic foreshadowing for Scotty Schwartz’s career planted in the script?  (Scotty went on to star in porn films.  Insert guttural Beavis and Butthead chuckle here.)