Grade B

The ups and downs and craziness of love and loss are explored in “Love Actually.”  The highly talented cast and multiple, intertwining storylines elevates this Rom-Com above its peers.   Yes, most of the storylines are predictable; but a few are surprising in how they turn out.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Love Actually” is the scene when a woman realizes that her husband is cheating on her.  Tears flow from her eyes, then she slowly composes herself, puts on a happy face, goes into the living room and joyfully tells her children and her cheating husband that its time for them to all go out for their fun, family, Christmas outing.

Be warned: this movie is full of cliches and corniness; but it’s also romantic, funny, tragic, hopeful and surprising.   A bit like life.

— M