Notting Hill

  • 15
  • Roger Michell (1999)
  • US / UK
  • 123 min
Notting Hill
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. An American film star bumps into a divorcee in Notting Hill and they begin an unlikely affair. But their relationship is put under strain when the press finds out.

Cast and crew

Cast

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
Time Out journalist
Julian Rhind-Tutt
12-year-old actress
Mischa Barton
Loud man in restaurant
Sanjeev Bhaskar
Perfect girl
Emily Mortimer

Crew

Director
Roger Michell

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Polygram Filmed Entertainment
Guidance: 
Some swearing and sexual situations.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 21 May 1999
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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