Notting Hill (1999)

NOTTING HILL, a delightfully daft kissy-face comedy that opens on 
May 28, stars Hugh Grant as a London bookstore owner who falls in 
love with, well, Julia Roberts.  (So she's called Anna Scott here.  
Big deal.)  They meet, touch souls, and part ways.  And each encoun-
ter (or series of encounters) ends even more abruptly than the last, 
due to the difficult circumstances surrounding her fame.  (Theirs' 
are *vastly* different worlds...)  For the audience, the resulting 
ride is a bit of an emotional roller coaster.  Ergo, be prepared for 
some rough patches.  (Plus a couple of contrivances, to get things 
properly sewn back together.)  On the chemistry front, H and J make 
an even more perfecter pair than expected--  Grant flustered as all 
get-out; Roberts flashing that giga-watt smile.  (The former's comic 
timing is also impeccable.  Has Hugh always been this funny?)  Brit 
director Roger Michell (PERSUASION) gives significant screen time to 
the ensemble supporting cast as well, which FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUN-
ERAL writer Richard Curtis heartily fleshes out.  They're a fun-- 
and occasionally scene-stealing-- bunch.  If this charming, crowd-
pleasing, and dryly-funny film has a couple points to pick at, it's 
the trying American touches:  a preponderance of intrusive pop songs 
on the soundtrack and, sigh, yet another driving-fast finale.  Oh 
well...  With Hugh Bonneville, Emma Chambers, James Dreyfus, Rhys 
Ifans, Tim McInnerny, Gina McKee, and Richard McCabeand, plus a sur-
prise star cameo that's worth the price of admission.  (Rated "PG-
13"/123 min.) 

Grade: B+

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