Is Love Actually a heartwarming festive classic, or the sexist, fat-shaming cinematic equivalent of finding a lump of coal in your stocking? This week on Beyond The Box Set, we revisited Harry's all-time favourite Christmas movie, and found that our reactions to it diverted rather sharply, actually...
From Hugh Grant's Prime Minister getting the hots for his chubby(?) secretary to Colin Firth's recently dumped writer forming a hasty bond with a woman he's never had a coherent conversation with, Richard Curtis' smash hit ensemble comedy posits that love can blossom in all sorts of unusual places. Well, for straight white men, anyway...
Join us as we debate whether there's any hope for Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman's failing marriage, discuss why Andrew Lincoln will probably end up murdering Kiera Knightley and wearing her skin as a sarong, and argue that Martin Freeman and Joanna Page's dry-humping body doubles may actually have the healthiest relationship in the whole movie...
We also pitch some drinking games for the movie - because by God, you'll need them - and come up with our own fantasy sequels, one of which is considerably more optimistic than the other...
Each week on Beyond The Box Set, we choose a notable standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. From timeless classics like The Shining and It's A Wonderful Life to more questionable fare like Super Mario Bros and Dom Hemingway, no sequel-free movie is safe from our wildly unfilmable imaginations.
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00.00: Is this shit even a Christmas movie?
2.35: Bill Nighy is an entitled monster
6.30: Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman's marriage is doomed
11.55: Liam Neeson is a terrible role model
16.15: Hugh Grant is going to trigger WW3
19.00: Laura Linney navigates workplace harrassment
22.40: Colin Firth is in the midst of a classic midlife crisis
26.25: Andrew Lincoln is an utter creep
30.20: At least the porn stars are talking to each other...
34.35: Kris Marshall demeans American womanhood
39.40: Love Actually Drinking Games
44.45: It's Sexual Harrassment, Actually
51.15: Love Actually 2: Love, Definitely?
1.04.40: Listener Submissions & Episode 45 Preview
At Beyond The Box Set, we believe every great movie deserves a questionable sequel. Each week, we take a stand-alone cinema classic and compete to come up with the best, worst and most bizarre pitches to bring them back to the big screen.