By EW Staff
Updated January 17, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST
Emma Thompson, Love Actually
Credit: Love Actually: Kobal Collection

”Love Actually” is one of the best movies to watch when you’re sick at home

GENRE Modern Romance

INGREDIENTS A kaleidescope of Londoners in love, from the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) on down, with star turns from Emma Thompson (pictured, with William Wadham), Alan Rickman, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, and others

YOU CAN SLEEP THROUGH The ”funeral scored to an inappropriate pop song” scene, swiped from The Big Chill

STAY AWAKE FOR Grant dancing in his underwear, a scene swiped from Risky Business

HEALING POWERS You can dream about falling in love with any number of these characters, and in your dream, you’ll be half as clueless about romance but just as witty in your repartee.

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE Any other movie written by Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Tall Guy) or written by his equally glib counterpart on this side of the pond, director Nora Ephron (You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle)