10 Things My Children Will Not Understand About Love Actually

Love Actually is my family’s Christmas movie tradition. Watching it this year, I realized that it’ll be a good 10 or 15 years before my children will be watching this grown-up Christmas classic, and it’s already showing its age.

Since Cub tries to use all screens as touch screens and is bewildered by commercials and not being able to select an episode of TV when watching cable (at home we only use Netflix), I suspect in a decade’s time, Love Actually will seem like a real blast from the past!

10 Things My Children Will Not Understand About Love Actually

1. Why Jamie didn’t just use Google Translate to talk to Aurelia?

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The Jamie and Aurelia story line is my favourite. 

2. What is this large, black box in Kiera Knightley’s hands? 

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Keira Knightly’s wardrobe in this movie also screams 2003.

3. Where is the screen on Jamie’s laptop?

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Given that in 2003 it was pretty darn retro to be writing a novel on a typewriter…

4. What is on this young boy’s head?

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Hopefully whatever this style would be called doesn’t make a come back.

5. Why is the guy from Walking Dead speaking with a British accent?10 Things My Children Will Not Understand About Love Actually ~ Maman Loup's Den

So many of the actors in this movie have gone on to play such different roles. Cub knows Liam Neeson as Good Cop, Bad Cop!

6. Rather than knocking on 100 doors to find Natalie, why didn’t the PM just look up her address using his phone? 
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Hugh Grant’s face when his “copper” joins in his caroling is one of my favourite moments.

7. How did all these people Instagram their pictures of the Prime Minister making out on stage?

10 Things My Children Will Not Understand About Love Actually ~ Maman Loup's Den

I’m confident most kids even today have never used a camera with a view finder.

8. Why is Sara’s cell phone so…. thick? (And what’s that weird noise it makes?)

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Karl and Sara’s failure to launch is one of the saddest moments for me… but when Nanny McFee confronts Professor Snape at the Christmas concert is what breaks my heart most!

9. He couldn’t just Snap Chat her?10 Things My Children Will Not Understand About Love Actually - Maman Loup's Den

I appreciate Mark’s correct use of an apostrophe on his poster board, though!

10. The new iMac… I’m hesitant to even guess what Apple device we’ll be on by the time my children join our Love Actually tradition.10 Things My Children Will Not Understand About Love Actually ~ Maman Loup's Den

But what’s definitely timeless is the fact that Bill Nighy is hysterical.

If you really love Christmas…





7 responses to “10 Things My Children Will Not Understand About Love Actually”

  1. I heart this movie but there are some very naughty bits. Remember the part with the porn stars?? Yes that. I forgot that part a bit and then put it on on the airplane as my kids watched something else and I ended up holding my hands over the screen to cover parts of it. I laugh Jamie and Aurelia. THE MOST. So much sweetness in that plot line.

    1. Melissa

      LOL I always forget about that plot line! oops!

  2. Melissa

    I love love love this movie. It seems dated now, so hopefully in 16ish years 😉 it is a “classic”.

  3. ‘Love Actually’ is one of my favorite movies! I love all the big stars. Although, watching it again this year, I realize that some of the story lines are kind of awful towards women. But I still love this movie so much!

  4. Marysam

    I thought you were going to mention mark’s boom box! Couldn’t he just put music from his phone?

    1. Lindsay

      That’s what I’d initially put for that scene, then I realized that people today would likely not even go in person… if the goal is for her husband not to know what he’s doing, he’d just send her a SnapChat video!! Haha!

  5. Kristen G

    I have loved this movie since it first came out. I love Jamie & Aurelia’s story line. I love the name Aurelia so much, I named my daughter Aurelia. ❤️ In Latin, it means gold. My daughter’s nickname is Ray. She is our Ray of golden sunshine!☀️❤️

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