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cute romantic comedy....makes me smile, a few good laughs
I'm in a sarcastic mood as I write...so I'll turn to a film which in a lighter mood maybe considered a guilty pleasure.

The world of fanciful romantic comedy resides at Notting Hill apparently...as I'm in a concise mode, heres the poop on this marketing machine trifle.

The Worst of it...
The cynical money making casting of Julia and Hugh, who essentially play their respective celebrity personas, not actual characters.
The Plot...The "selfish girl" who aggressively gets "foppish boy", who loses "flakey girl", who is roped back in by "petulant girl" who is rejected by "mincing (just started assertiveness training) man", who realises what an idiot he is to have rejected "fabulous woman"...and so on till a so-so feel- good ending that is incredibly contrived, cute etc...
Moments where the two leads fail to sparkle (or earn their pay) when they should

The Best of it....
Bascically I enjoyed the British supporting players who were more interesting , funny and given the best comic tasks.

Overall check it out if your in a mood which is not too serious or cynical and/or you have a temporary drop in your I.Q or Incredulity levels


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As a person who makes no secret of his disdain for "America's Sweetheart", Julia Roberts, it was quite surprising for me to realize that I was actually enjoying her presence in Roger Michell's film Notting Hill. Roberts keeps her cutesy facial tics to a minimum, and she is not straining to portray a character that is not in her repertoire (as in Erin Brockovich). Instead, she is quite natural in a role that may not be too far removed from real life: she plays a superstar actress named Anna Scott who is trying to find escape from the high pressures of her line of work. Meanwhile, Hugh Grant (another actor who is immediately associated with romantic comedies) plays William Thacker, a mild-mannered book store owner whose life is changed when Scott wanders into his book store. Of course, Thacker and Scott eventually meet again, and a timid romance develops slowly over several months. What is interesting about Notting Hill is that it manages to keep us entertained due to its sweet nature, even though we know the exact formula of romantic comedies like this. Some of the film's funnier moments lampoon the nature of celebrity, but other attempts at humour seem stilted and forced. Alec Baldwin's cameo as Scott's Hollywood boyfriend is not as successful as it could have been, and other supporting characters are portrayed in a stereotypical manner (none more so than a slobbish roommate). There is a temptation to forgive Notting Hill when it goes wrong, because we are charmed by the central romance involving Roberts and Grant. There is no doubt that this is lightweight fluff, and I probably should be harder on it, but Notting Hill is able to sustain its charm and its humour for just long enough to keep the audience marginally satisfied.

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They're showing Notting Hill on TV tonight. It must be about the 15th time that I'm watching the movie, and I still love it. I was surprised it's not yet that old. I thought it had been released in the beginning of the 90ies. But now that I remember the gorgeous soundtrack, I know it can't be that old, true. I just love the story, even though it is quite unrealistic and exaggerated. But I just like how Julia Roberts plays her role. And it was the first time that I noticed Hugh Grant isn't that bad, too. Nowadays I think he's quite a hootie. ;)

I always have to laugh at the song of Ronan Keating When You Say Nothing At All. The lyrics just fit men too well, especially when he sings: You say it best, when you say nothing at all. I always think he means: Just shut the f*ck up, you only talk crap anyway. :p
The best romantic comedy of all time. Julia has rarely been better (only in Erin Brockovitch), Grant's best film. Nice direction, excellent supporting cast. :fresh: :cool:
Bridget Jones' Diary


The common theme to this review is Hugh Grant. I didn't really like him, until I watched this movie. Then I re-watched Notting Hill and didn't mind it so much. I thought he was wonderful in this movie playing opposite Renee Zellweger & Colin Firth . He did a fabulous job of playing Daniel Cleaver, his fight scene with Colin Firth was by far, my favorite part...next to, of course, the "Reindeer Jumper" scene. :fresh:

About a Boy


Hugh Grant was awesome in this film. That's all I have to say. :fresh:

Notting Hill


I never thought Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant would work. Apparently they do. And I am all over the sappy love story. :fresh:

Four Weddings and a Funeral


Hugh Grant when he was very young. Another good one, although upon first glancing at the title on my Dad's movie shelf, I confused this with Tarantino's Four Rooms...big mistake. LOL. I thought I was going to watch a twisted movie, and instead I got Andie McDowell and Hugh Grant in the middle of a love story. Awww....:fresh:

Extreme Measures


I can't say for sure why I didn't like this one. In fact, I really didn't like it. Hugh Grant's acting was atrocious. I wanted to throw the remote at the screen, but I don't really think my Dad would have been pleased with me. :rotten:
I've never been one for the so called "chick flicks", but to me a film should be judged on its merits, not its so called genre. Sooo with that in mind, all these pictures had: Great actors. Solid scripts. And by God they're all jolly good fun films to watch. Cheers.
Comedy / Love


A quirky, fun, heart-wrenching drama/comedy starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. This story is about an actress named Anna Scott (Julia) who gets involved romantically with William Thackar (Hugh). William owns a bookshop in Notting Hill (a district of London, England), and Anna happens to walk in one day. Their meeting is the beginning of a sweet story that involves several emotional upheavals, and plenty of laughs. Be warned: Tears are a likely possibility. The comedic award should go to both Hugh Grant for his perfectly dry one-liners, and to his roommate Spike for his seedy eccentric ways. A final thought on the film (kleenex in hand): Where is Heath Ledger, and why can't this happen to me?
My rating is an 8 for a bit of language, and Spike's less than fabulous rear end.