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Notting Hill

Notting Hill

Roger Michell (1999)

123min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The Four Weddings team produced another smash with this charming tale about a bumbling bookshop owner (Hugh Grant) who falls for the "most famous actress in the world" (Julia Roberts). Inevitably, the course of true love is a bumpy road, with friends, family and layabout flatmate Spike (played by Rhys Ifans in a career-making performance) getting in the way, but that's the cue for a series of screamingly funny scenarios. Saturated with wit and well directed by Roger Michell, the film was bashed by sceptics for its fluffiness and lack of realism (for a racially mixed area of London, there's not a black face to be seen). But, if you can accept the context as 100 per cent white middle class, with a light-hearted commentary on the nature of celebrity, it's an intensely enjoyable experience.

Summary

A recently divorced bookshop owner finds love with a glamorous Hollywood film star, but ends up the focus of unwanted media interest - which makes maintaining a relationship a tricky proposition. Romantic comedy written by Richard Curtis, starring Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Rhys Ifans, Emma Chambers, James Dreyfus and Gina McKee.

Cast & Crew

Anna Scott Julia Roberts
William Thacker Hugh Grant
Bernie Hugh Bonneville
Honey Emma Chambers
Martin James Dreyfus
Spike Rhys Ifans
Max Tim McInnerny
Bella Gina McKee
Tony Richard McCabe
Rufus the thief Dylan Moran
<em>Time Out</em> journalist Julian Rhind-Tutt
12-year-old actress Mischa Barton
Loud man in restaurant Sanjeev Bhaskar
Perfect girl Emily Mortimer
Director Roger Michell
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Polygram Filmed Entertainment Guidance: Some swearing, sexual situations. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 21 May 1999

Comedy Drama

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