Release year: 1999
Director: Roger Michell
Screenwriter: Richard Curtis
Starring: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Rhys Ifans, Emma Chambers, Gina McKee, Tim McInnerny, Hugh Bonneville, James Dreyfuss
The shy and ordinary book store owner William’s (Grant) life changes when famous American actress Anna Scott (Roberts) enter his shop one day. Despite coming from two different worlds the two start a love affair that isn’t without problems.
Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, 1994) has a great talent for writing quirky, full-embodied characters whom you instantly want to become you best friends. He is also a master in writing characters fit for the British actor or perhaps Grant is just perfect at portraying Curtis’s characters. Either way, the two seem a match made in heaven as is the case here, in this heartwarming movie about two falling in love despite their differences. Roberts (Pretty Woman,1990) easily falls into the part as a major start who is also likable and Grant and Roberts has great chemistry making their screen couple one you root for despite all the obstacles they face. But being Curtis you fall as hard for the support as for the leads, here in the form of William’s quirky group of friends. The married couple whose story will grip most people, the hapless Max but most of all William’s eccentric sister and even more eccentric roommate, played charmingly by Chambers (The Clandestine Marriage, 1999) and Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man, 2012). The story is sweet with both the ups and downs entertaining highly supported by an excellent soundtrack (the scene with ‘Ain’t No SUnshine When She’s Gone being a perfect example on both the genius of Curtis and the effect to which he uses music) and watching it, it is no wonder why this became and instant romance classic and go to date movie.
The house with the blue door where William lives i a real house i Notting Hill where the director Richard Curtis used to live.
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