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Notting Hill

1999 romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts directed by Roger Michell

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Surreal but Sweet

  • Jan 14, 2000
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 and was really funny in this. Rhys Ifans also cracked me up as Grant's "charming" and bumbling roommate.

What is best about this film is the study of relationships between Grant's character and his close friends and family. The "contest" at the dinner party is pretty thought provoking.

Notting Hill is silly and it is fun. It made me laugh and giggle and even misty at times. No great work of art here, but certainly worthwhile entertainment. I'll probably buy this movie to add to my collection.


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Quick Tip by . May 21, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
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! ;-)
Quick Tip by . August 26, 2010
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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.
review by . May 14, 2006
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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 …
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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.
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