Love Actually (2003)
This quilt of a romantic comedy has all the elements of a modern classic, and knows very well how to pile them on. Richard Curtis’ script is clever without trying to be too clever, and he manages to rein in his abundance of characters and relations in a satisfactory manner, at least when taking into account that this after all is a genre-movie. It's possible to get some interesting and perhaps even heartfelt perspectives on life and love out of this, but most of all Love Actually is about good old-fashioned British comedy. Self-mockery, awkward situations and shortcomings. Ingredients that make you feel better about yourself afterwards, and perhaps even willing to accept some cheesy, sentimental romance to boot. Yes, it's manipulative – delightfully manipulative.