‘NOTTING HILL’: ONE AMERICAN CHARACTER IN A BRITISH ROMANCE

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One of those movies I never did see, this 90s romantic comedy is, I think, considered a favorite of many, but someone still seems like a less popular dramedy. Still, knowing the general plot, finally I made a choice to watching the film. notting hill

Notting Hill (1998) Film Review

One of the brightest stars in Hollywood, Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) is weary. She’s been in the limelight for a long time now and every time something happens, the gossips come out to play. In England to shoot a film, one day Anna wanders into a small travel book shop where she meets William Thacker (Hugh Grant). William is a mild-mannered normal guy who lives in the house with the blue door; the same house he once shared with the wife who left him.

In a series of unfortunate and fortunate meetings, Williams develops a real crush on Anna, the one woman whose lifestyle he just doesn’t fit into.

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‘NOTTING HILL’: ONE AMERICAN CHARACTER IN A BRITISH ROMANCE. Julia Roberts plays Anna, an actress looking to escape the spotlight. Hugh Grant co-stars. © Rissi JC

I’m not sure how it happens, but I get on these runs of watching films that are decades old but are titles I haven’t seen. One of these is, obviously, Notting Hill. Part of the reason I’m likely fine with having never watched the film is Hugh Grant’s leading man. He never plays the “right” kind of one, yet I still watch (and with exception to Sense & Sensibility) and enjoy his movies. This one is, much to my surprise, a bit different. He’s the same and yet he isn’t. I appreciate his response to Anna in the “confession” scene and more so, LOVE his conviction in the scene. Julia Roberts is always a likable actress and again, she’s the same in this role, too. She plays her pretty well including a more vulnerable portrait. (You’ll also see Hugh Bonneville, Emma Chambers and Rhys Ifans.)

Perhaps not my most favorite of the vintage romantic comedies, I think I can put that opinion down to nostalgia. For me, something like While You Were Sleeping is always going to have that nostalgic edge because I grew up watching it. However, the film does surprise me in many ways and for that, I must confess I enjoy Notting Hill. It’s a full circle kind of comedy and there’s some genuinely sweet moments.

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‘NOTTING HILL’: ONE AMERICAN CHARACTER IN A BRITISH ROMANCE. Julia Roberts plays Anna, an actress looking to escape the spotlight. Hugh Grant co-stars. © Rissi JC

Content: There’s 3 or so uses of the f-word and other more commonplace profanity. There’s also some British slang as well. One scene shows a man pulling down a woman’s shirt and caressing her back. We then change to them lying in bed together. There’s a scene of men who trash talk Anna (she overhears) in crude terms. The film is PG-13.

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7 comments

    1. I watched it last minute because it was only on Netflix through May 31 or so. It was fun and sweet and I did enjoy it as the first time seeing a 90s rom-com. :)

  1. I love the dinner table scene where they are competing for the brownie by talking about how awful their lives are. I also have always loved the scene where the three friends are talking about why Hugh Grant didn’t end up with the lady in the wheelchair and she says it would be “like kissing her ears”. Ha! I’ve used that line a lot.

    1. Oh, gosh, yes! The brownie scene is fun. :) I feel like I missed the ‘ears’ scene but I do remember them talking about her being the “one that got away” (from Hugh Grant’s perspective). Either way, I’d watch this again and enjoyed it as a new-to-me title. :)

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