Love Actually is the norovirus of the movie world - it comes but once a year, dominates your life for an uncomfortably long time, then disappears without a trace.
And, just like the norovirus, we here at Comedy Central have mixed feelings about Love Actually. Is the Prime Minister's speech the pinnacle of mid-00s wish-fulfillment, or is it just crypto Tory propaganda? Are we supposed to find Mark's sexy love signs endearing, or is he actually just sad MRA stalker scum? Is Colin Frissell just a well-meaning idiot, or is he in fact a crypto-misogynist who wouldn't think twice about slipping something in your drink when you're not looking?
But one character we've always been sure of is Rowan Atkinson's Rufus. Sure, he only appears for a grand total of 4 minutes in a 2hr20 movie, but he has a pretty big impact. First he scuppers Harry's plans to get his end away with 'sexy' office assistant Mia...
Then he helps little foetus face Sam break through airport security to go confess his love to his baby girlfriend, Joanna.
It's almost like he's some guardian angel... and according to Emma Freud (badass broadcaster who also happens to be married to Richard Curtis - director of Love Actually), he almost was.
THIS MAKES SO MUCH SENSE AND I CAN'T BELIEVE WE DIDN'T THINK ABOUT IT BEFORE SERIOUSLY ARE WE HUMAN OR ARE WE DULLARDS?
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Josh Pappenheim - @papsby