Love is actually “problematic” for movie fans

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Love in fact is one of the key staple films of the holiday season, warming viewers year after year with its appealing message of love “everywhere”, although it is often not “particularly worthy or newsworthy”.

However, he’s also one of those who has admittedly aged a bit oddly in some ways, which makes him ripe for criticism through a modern lens.

This Christmas, as has become tradition, viewers once again criticized some of the film’s more “problematic” parts, parts that would no doubt be altered a bit if there was a remake.

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Some passages in particular have been criticized, with the constant comments about Natalie’s (Martine McCutcheon) weight being more than a little odd in an age of body positivity.

The many jokes / comments about weight in Love in fact really shows the toxic body image culture of the early 2000s.

Others took issue with the famous spooky scene in which Mark (Andrew Lincoln) declares his undying love for his best friend’s new wife Juliet (Keira Knightley) via a number of big signs, claiming that this portrayal normalizes behavior of harassment.

One Twitter user wrote that he was actually shouting ‘run for your life! Get the hell out of here! To Keira Knightley when she discovers Andrew Lincoln’s “Secret Stalker Bands”.

Other storylines that have come under fire include the burgeoning romance between Natalie and Prime Minister David (Hugh Grant), described by a number of viewers as “a very clear abuse of power”.

People had similar reactions to the love affair between Jamie (Colin Firth) and Aurelia (Sienna Guillory), described by one as yet another plot “where a powerful man takes advantage of his position, under covered with English indifference, to seduce a woman in a subordinate position ”.

Dual character John (Martin Freeman), who falls in love with Judy (Joanna Page) as he performs a series of steamy sex scenes, has also been criticized for showing “everyday homophobia” due to his comments that the then single prime minister was “as gay as a picnic or married at work.”

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