Notting Hill (1999)
Can a beautiful and internationally famous American actress find happiness with a frumpy British bookstore clerk? She can -- at least for a while, it seems -- in Notting Hill. William Thacker (played by Hugh Grant) is a bookseller at a shop in the Notting Hill district in West London, who shares a house with an eccentric Welsh friend, Spike (Rhys Ifans). One day, William is minding the store when in strolls Anna Scott (Julia Roberts), a lovely and well-known actress from the United States who is in London working on a film. She buys a book from William, and she is polite and charming in the way a famous actress would be with a star-struck sales clerk. Their relationship would logically end there, if William didn't run out a few minutes later to buy some juice. While dashing back to the shop, he bumps into Anna on the street, spilling juice all over her blouse. Since he lives nearby, William politely offers to let her stop by his house to clean up; since William seems harmless enough, Anna agrees. When Anna has to stop back to pick up a bag she left at William's house, they kiss -- just in time for Spike to show up. A romance slowly blooms as his friends and family (not to mention the world at large) wonder out loud what he's doing dating a movie star. Notting Hill reunites Hugh Grant with producer Duncan Kenworthy and screenwriter Richard Curtis, who previously worked together on the international hit Four Weddings And A Funeral. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Notting Hill
The ending is happy and ironic in equal measure, but most of the fun is just getting there with the right chemistry and compatibility.
t's an agreeably slick affair, with decent support performances, elegant camerawork, and several impressive set pieces.
Lately, romance comedies have expanded in running time, doubtless to compensate for their shrinkage in charm, and this is no exception -- it's way too long for something far too slight.
It's funny, sympathetic, mostly smart, and it boasts a likable cast of characters led by two performers who have star power and know how to use it.
It's a crowd-pleaser, all right (so were public hangings, once), but with all the emotional resonance of a tap on the knee with a rubber hammer.
Hugh Grant teams up with writer Richard Curtis for the second time, and we've got a winner.
The blatant self-piracy and marketing greed on display here suck the soul out of this almost likeable romantic comedy.
The most enjoyable way to read this movie is as an elaborate -- though good-natured -- practical joke on Julia Roberts.
Make no mistake: Even those who've previously managed to resist the Julia Juggernaut are likely to cave in after seeing 'Notting Hill.'
Curtis and Michell rely on America's love for those nutty Brits to sell the film, and they will not be disappointed.
A thoroughly pleasurable emotional thrill ride that is, in its own way, as satisfying as watching Arnold hang from the wing of a speeding jet.
While we never doubt the outcome, Notting Hill offers an enjoyable narrative journey.
Exuding a self-deprecating charm that's hard to resist, Grant captivates the audience immediately as the film's narrator.
Esta é uma daquelas histórias que todos sabem como irá terminar - o divertido é o trajeto até o desfecho.
[Grant] makes the romantic yearning palatable and moving in each scene he's in, and the result is both funny and poignant.
The movie is a fairy tale, and writer Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral) knows how much the public loves a fairy tale.
Audience Reviews for Notting Hill
Like I've said in a previous review, all a romantic comedy needs is a tangible chemistry between the two actors and a clever script. "Notting Hill" delivers the goods.
It's lacking in many technical standpoints and can get a little too sappy at times, but the characters are so alluring and the script is so witty that it overcomes the choke points of this film. I found myself laughing out loud at the humor and I found myself really caring to see more progression within these characters' relationships. "Notting Hill"'s a great romantic comedy that's sure to please all movie-goers.
Personally endeared and irresistible, Notting Hill is a perfect dream - a beloved story that begins with a coincidence that has evolved into something greater between an ordinary man and a prominent actress. Notting Hill is perhaps imperfect, but beyond reason, Notting Hill capitalizes on basic human emotional vulnerabilities. Most charming.More
Wonderfully funny movie, that can be seen over and over again. Brilliantly written, with great characters, a delightful cast and perfect chemistry between the actors. It's got more memorable scenes than several dozen's worth of your average rom-coms put together. In fact, I would even go as far as to say that it's my favourite "Brit flick" of all-time. It also gives you a very fascinating insight to the complicated reality that comes with being a movie star. I have a very sincere love for this film and I'm not afraid to say it. It's witty, it's heartfelt and beautifully narrated. But above all, incredibly moving. Too bad they never made a spin-off with the character "Spike", because every minute he's on screen is an absolute riot. Anyway, if you're looking for a cozy feel-good film to watch with someone special, then this is truly the perfect pick.More
Can the most famous film star in the world fall for just an ordinary guy?
Saw it again! Great romantic film! Julia Roberts nail her part and Hugh Grant in his best work yet to me. Watch it with your significant other and I promise you'll end up holding hands. Two thumps up! Notting Hill is totally implausible, happily improbable, feel good flick, does more to influence positive attitudes about people with disabilities than any all day sensitivity training seminar could ever hope to accomplish.
Every man's dream comes true for William Thacker, an unsuccessful Notting Hill bookstore owner, when Anna Scott, the world's most beautiful woman and best-liked actress, enters his shop. A little later, he still can't believe it himself, William runs into her again - this time spilling orange juice over her. Anna accepts his offer to change in his nearby apartment, and thanks him with a kiss, which seems to surprise her even more than him. Eventually, Anna and William get to know each other better over the months, but being together with the world's most wanted woman is not easy - neither around your closest friends, nor in front of the all-devouring press.
Notting Hill Quotes
- William Thacker:
- You'd go and I'd be... well buggered, basically.
- Nice firm buttocks!
- James Bond didn't have to deal with this sorta shit.
- William Thacker:
- I've opened Pandora's Box!
- I knew a girl named Pandora in High school once . . . Never did see her box though!
- Anna Scott:
- After all, I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.
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