Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #142 Notting Hill

In Uncategorized on February 18, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Movie #142 Notting Hill

(1999, UK, d. Roger Michell)

I didn’t feel like watching something noteworthy today. So I paid half-attention and settled on Notting Hill, a somewhat British romantic comedy with all the signs of having been made in the 90’s. The story is about a shopkeeper (played by Hugh Grant) who begins a romantic relationship with a famous actress (played by Julia Roberts). Thankfully, the British comedy that is present saves the movie from being totally unfunny. In fact, the humor not only saves the movie, but places it above most American rom-com material. Unfortunately, the other half still tries to cater to American audiences and doing so pitfalls the movie into a number of American cliches as well. On another note, I think Julia Roberts is fantastic in most movies but I can’t really stand her in this one. Her famous persona tries to come off as quiet and shy but in the film, seems bored and pathetic. Hugh Grant is Hugh Grant and everybody loves that. And despite all its cheesiness, with the quirky and hilarious supporting characters and foreseeable paradigm shifts, it does manage to be endearing.

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