3. Love Actually

The message: It doesn’t matter if you’re creepy or unpleasant, you’ll still find love

Where to start with Love Actually? It’s nearly 20 years old now, and while some of the more problematic behaviors it endorses have been well documented in recent years, it remains a staple of the season for many. It probably shouldn’t though, as its unpleasantness is as widespread as it is toxic.

Love Actually‘s large ensemble cast are practically a smorgasbord of red flags: there’s the unfaithful husband who doesn’t appreciate his wife, the Brit intent on using his accent to score girls (good luck, buddy), the creepy dude stalking his best friend’s new bride, and the Prime Minister of Great Britain, who body shames a member of his staff before letting her go and asking her out in a move so narcissistic it should have earned him a restraining order.

You can honestly take your pick as to which character best represents the film’s overall message, which is a generic: “it’s Christmas and you should give love a chance, even if the person involved is weird and unpleasant”. In my opinion, Love Actually is more a horror movie than it is a romantic comedy, but there we go.