I’ve never met Jemele Hill. I think she and Michael Smith are great and I completely respect her bravery in voicing the unpopular (but correct) opinion that “Bad and Boujee” is good, but not great. This isn’t about Jemele Hill. It’s about a question she asked and an attempt to answer it.
Is Love Actually, the Golden State Warriors of romantic comedies?— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) July 21, 2017
Hell no it is not. Know why? Because the Warriors are awesome. Know what’s not awesome? Love Actually.
All that these two things share is that they’re both loaded with stars. The Warriors have Steph, Draymond, Klay and Durant. Love Actually has Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Billy Bob Thornton, a child who kind of looks like Satan, etc. They’re both loaded.
Yet the Warriors won and there is no debating their greatness. There is absolutely debating Love Actually’s greatness, since it isn’t great.
It’s at this point that I should disclose that Pete Blackburn and I had a collective two-hour meltdown about all the reasons why Love Actually is terrible. There were lots. That’s why it took two hours.
Here are some things about the Warriors:
- They won their second NBA title in three years.
- They went 16-1 in the postseason.
- Steph Curry made 56 more three-pointers than anyone else in the playoffs.
- They led the NBA with 115.9 points per game.
Here are some things about Love Actually:
- The movie starts with a weird 9/11 reference.
- Casual homophobia is rampant.
- A widower gets mocked for his sexual inactivity very recently after his damn wife died.
- The movie likely birthed thousands of eating disorders.
- A guy decides to cross his best friend and make a run at that guy’s wife just so he can break it off immediately. The much coveted lose-lose-lose to ensure a weird life for everyone.
- Somebody whose job it is to be a people person sexually harasses every woman in his office.
- The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has a woman fired because he wants to have sex with her.
- The writer whose wife cheats on him storyline is literally the most boring thing in the history of the world. It makes The Steps of Knowledge in “Legends of the Hidden Temple” look like “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
So no, Jemele Hill, “Love Actually” is not the Golden State Warriors of romantic comedies. Know what is? “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” That movie also has a loaded cast (and a better one, at that) with outstanding execution.
Steph Curry is Cal. Six teams passed on him, but he made them rue the day. Draymond Green is Jacob, as he pulls a lot of stunts but he’s as lovable as lovable gets. Kevin Durant is David Lindhagen: He’s got his detractors, but he’s what makes the team the best.
Love Actually stinks.