NOTTING HILL was a breath of fresh air when it entered the theaters in 1999. Written by Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, The Girl in the Cafe - as well as the Bridget Jones scripts) and directed by Roger Michell (Persuasion, Changing Lanes, Enduring Love) the story is a bit cockamamie but blossoms in the hands of the fine cast. Now with this Collector's Edition release it is available for us all to appreciate again.
William (Hugh Grant) is an ordinary bloke who runs a Travel Book Store in Notting Hill, a man whose life is abruptly changed when an American actress Anna (Julia Roberts) enters his shop and his life. Bumbling William spills orange juice on celebrity-shy Anna and the two cross the street to William's flat, shared with the wildly mad but loveable Spike (Rhys Ifans), and despite poor starts there begins a romance to test all romances. The manner in which William and Anna gradually find each other's vulnerabilities, including exposure to each other's lives - Anna with her celebrity entourage, William with his loony but oh so tender extended family (Tim McInnerny, Gina McKee, Emma Chambers, and Hugh Bonneville) - is the story of love overcoming hurdles. The secondary themes are lovely and beautifully played by this committed cast.
For a springy, funny, tender, sweet British humor story, this one is hard to beat. Recommended. Grady Harp, May 06
It was on TV yesterday. Not bad for a boring Sunday afternoon! Too hot outside to go anywhere but staying home for relaxation. Julia Roberts looks pretty here. Boy, it's more than a decade since! As for Hugh Grant, well, he's almost the same in all the movies he acted in! Still, one wonders how he got all these roles! Good thing I didn't pay for these movies! ;-)
I first saw this movie on accident. It was the day my divorce was finalized. I had a date with my sister to see the new Austin Powers. She stood me up. Austin Powers was sold out. It was a Friday night and I was alone. I was NOT going to leave that theater. So, I saw this. I rolled my eyes through the whole thing...I was in such a mood. I saw it again when it hit the video stores. I fell in love with it. It's still one of my favorite movies.
Pros: Sweet, funny, quite entertaining Cons: Predictable This movie is so predictable. I could have written it myself. I still enjoyed it very much. Both Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant give good performances. I was really tickled by her "acting" within the movie--it was pretty bad. Grant was his typical hesitant and stuttering self, but so sincerely sweet. I was thrilled to see Emma Chambers as Grant's sister. She translates very well to film … more
Grady Harp is a champion of Representational Art in the roles of curator, lecturer, panelist, writer of art essays, poetry, critical reviews of literature, art and music, and as a gallerist. He has presented … more
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Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant forge memorable chemistry in this charmer about two very different people--William, an unassuming bookstore owner in London's Notting Hill section, and Anna, a Hollywood actress--who, against the odds, fall in love. After Anna wanders into William's shop while filming on location in London, the two share an instant attraction and find themselves attempting to forge a normal relationship despite Anna's megawatt star power. Screenwriter Richard Curtis (FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL) has crafted a traditional romantic comedy that is surprisingly frank in its depiction of the lives of the rich and famous and the price they pay for success.