Love Actually is one of the most popular Christmas films around. But one person has noticed a small detail that they say is the worst part of the 2003 movie. Cheating husband Harry (played by the late Alan Rickman) gifts his wife Karen (Emma Thompson) Joni Mitchell’s album Both Sides Now. However, Twitter user @heyspacebones claims that the so-called fan of the singer is likely to already own the CD. The storyline centers on Harry’s infidelity with his colleague Mia (Heike Makatsch), whom he buys an expensive necklace for. Karen later discovers the necklace in her husband’s coat pocket, and believes that a similarly shaped box under the tree is said pendant. On Christmas Eve she prepares to unwrap the box with Harry telling her: “I have of course bought the traditional scarf as well, but this is my other, slightly special one.” She is lost for words when she unwraps what turns out to be the CD, as Harry says it is to “continue your emotional education.” In the infamous scene, Karen goes upstairs and puts the CD on the stereo while she cries to herself, before going downstairs and putting on a brave face for her children. While the betrayal is devastating, Twitter user @heyspacebones claims it makes little sense as Karen was likely to have already owned the album. Sharing her theory they write: “The worst part of Love Actually is when he gives Emma Thompson who has clearly been a fan of Joni Mitchell for at least 20 years Both Sides Now as if she would not already own that record.” The tweet has since gone viral, receiving over 23,000 likes and 2,000 retweets since it was shared on Monday. However, other Twitter users have suggested that Karen might not have had that specific album because it is a collection of orchestral versions of some of Mitchell’s greatest hits, released in 2000, three years before the film came out.
Photo Credit: YouTube screenshot – Love Actually – Universal Pictures
the worst part of Love Actually is when he gives Emma Thompson who has clearly been a fan of Joni Mitchell for at least 20 years Both Sides Now as if she would not already own that record
— salt (@heyspacebones) December 17, 2018