…pressed even when they’re naked and simulating sex acts. It’s funny but it’s also unbelievably sad. Love Actually is a rom-com defined by the absence of any sensual pleasure for its characters. Nobody fucks. Nobody eats. Everywhere else in the world fucking and eating together is the substance of actual love but not in Love Actually. The film loves stereotypes so much that it can’t even bring itself to deny the stereotype the rest of the world holds of the English, that they’re shit in bed and can’t cook. Entitled insularity has its costs.