Can the most famous film star in the world fall for just an ordinary guy?
The British comedy from director Roger Michell tells the love story between a famous actress and a simple book seller from London. A look into the attempt for famous people to have a personal and private life and the ramifications that follow. Nominated for three Golden Globes in 2000.
I'm laying my head on the block here.
I love this film.
Rather. There is just something about Hugh Grant's character and Julia Roberts's self that I can't explain. I don't know if you knew it already, dear followers, or not - but I'm truly a hopeless romantic. This isn't a good film by any measure, sometimes the actors stare at each other in disbelief, and with good reason, but still... those British actors are excellent, I just have to love them. And Julia Roberts? Seems she's still making movies. Who knew?
I have no self respect.
The only thing NOTTING HILL really did for its two hour plus running time was infuriate me. And I don’t watch movies to be infuriated. Someone might respond to all this with that saying “Well, you have to go through the thorns to get to the rose”. Ok fine, if you stupidly want to drag your hand up the stem through the thorns just to have the rose then go right ahead. But if you ask me, why not just start at the top? No head games, no pain, no blood spilled… just touch the fucking rose! We live in a three dimensional world you know. Sadly, most people (obviously including the filmmakers) just don’t realize that life is too short for all this nonsense.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I love this movie. Say what you will. Love it.
Anna: Can I stay for a while?
William: You can stay forever.
"After all... I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her."
Alternate (and better) ending:
William Thacker tells Anna Scott to go fuck herself.
For the rating you would expect me to bash this, but surprisingly there is very little to complain. What a waste of Hugh Grant, though. He is game as usual, but I just wish I had rewatched Bridget Jones or Love Actually or About a Boy instead.
I don't know why I ever bothered seeing things like this.
Learned: Happiness must involve a violin playing goat. No one says whoopsadaisy.
A lovely example of a rom com. That Richard Curtis is a bit good, isn't he?
Notting Hill opens with a montage of the career to date of actress Anna Scott (Julia Roberts). From the red carpet to her films she goes through a variety of looks, from Audrey Hepburn to Whitney Houston. Roberts is perfectly cast here. We can very quickly relate her career to Scott's, and we get an instant idea of how famous Scott is. I've always thought Roberts was too big a star to completely disappear into her roles. Like Brad Pitt and Will Smith, her best work is done when she's playing a version of herself. Here, she's glamourous, beautiful and fits perfectly into the role.
Anna meets Will (Hugh Grant). He's a travel book shop owner who lives in the…
This is a great romcom from Curtis. Interesting story and heartwarming.
One of my favourite romantic comedies of all time. Providing laughs with William Thacker, Hugh Grant, a book shopper owner who on accident met the world's most famous actress Anna Scott, Julia Roberts, and starts to like her. As they go though their romance the laughs are provided at most points by Spike, Rhys Ifans, the roommate to William, who in his most famous scene in the movie goes out to a large group of reporters in his boxers. A twist on romantic comedies this is a great movie to watch when you are sad and happy. And the quote I choose is the cheesiest in this movie and is one of the cheesiest out of all romantic comedies.
"After all... I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her." - Anna Scott
Bizarrely manages to simultaneously idolize and patronize cultures of celebrity. Also: insanely long.
I'd heard for years about how great this movie was and I have to say I was completely underwhelmed. So many schlocky, cheesy montages and so many plot holes. Disappointed.