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Notting Hill

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1999
  • Roger Michell
  • 118 mins
  • 15

Summary

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

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Review

A star rating of 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 a layabout flatmate (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.

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Credits

Cast

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Anna ScottJulia Roberts
William Thacker Hugh Grant
SpikeRhys Ifans
BernieHugh Bonneville
HoneyEmma Chambers
MaxTim McInnerny
MartinJames Dreyfus
BellaGina McKee
TonyRichard McCabe
Rufus the thiefDylan Moran
<em>Time Out</em> journalistJulian Rhind-Tutt
12-year-old actressMischa Barton
Loud man in restaurantSanjeev Bhaskar
Perfect girlEmily Mortimer
Jeff KingAlec Baldwin
Fan receiving Anna's autographJoe Cornish

Crew

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DirectorRoger Michell

Details

Theatrical distributor
Park Circus
Released on
2019-02-14
Guidance
Some swearing, sexual situations.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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