Roberts is such a great actress. A lot of people think just
because she's got that now gone-halfwit-coke snorting- brother
and a supermodel smile she is all Hollywood make believe.
I disagree and find her fabulous.
In Notting Hill, Julia plays Anna Scott, an actress
who is very famous and has press hounds everywhere she goes-
very annoying- I can relate-it can be hard, readers.
is a joy to watch in this; bubbly and bright. She's rich,
but down to earth. Beautiful but sensitive. Suave, yet bolla.
Here's the story...William Thacker (Hugh Grant-Elizabeth
"superchick squared" Hurley's boyfriend) is proprietor
(very British, ya know) of a quaint little book shop in
Notting Hill, London--hence the title. One day he finds
himself face to face with aforementioned queen of the screen,
Anna (Roberts). And off they go in that crazy whirlwind
of that on again, off again, I'm happy, I'm suicidal, thing
called love. The chemistry between them is enough to launch
a rocket. But alas, the timing always seems to be off. In
one particularly badly timed moment, Anna asks William up
to her hotel room, only to find her boyfriend from America
there on a "surprise visit". It surprised me!
It was a Baldwin brother--Alec! Unshaven, portly and odious.
My condolences to Kim.
The arrival of the boyfriend creates a lull in the relationship
between Anna and William, until one day, months later, in
the middle of a crisis, Anna is caught scandalously in William's
flat. She wigs and tells William how this little scandal
will never go away, how it will be attached to every story
ever written about her for the rest of her life-yatta, yatta,
yatta, etc., etc., oh-it's-so-hard to-be-rich-and-famous
lament. Hmmm, kinda like HUGH being caught in L.A. with
a prostitute seems the focus of every journalists story
on him? Tee hee. Well, what a pig- even with a chickbabe
like Liz at home he's sneaking around...men! Guess he's
Notting Hill was written by one of England's finest
comedic talents. A bloke named Richard Curtis, who created
Four Weddings and a Funeral and who helped create
and write The Black Adder series1-5 (6?). NH an
excellent example of this his wonderful abilities to create
extremely quick witted yarns. Notting Hill was
a nice departure from this season's scripto absentus plotious
pieces. We got a handsome man, a pretty woman (no pun intended)
and seemingly real people all around them.
more real then Willie's (Grant's) roommate from hell-- Spike
(Rhys Ifans). This hairy snaggle-toothed, winner of the
personal hygiene neglect festival, epitomized the apex of
repulsion. He could have actually been a roomie on The
Young Ones (also co-penned by Curtis). Of course, he
possessed that all too often present mega-ego found on such
a creature--clueless to his unfuckabilty and enamored by
his delusional perceptions of his masculine appeal. He actually
thought he was the looker 'tween him and William. Puke-o-rama!
Or as the Brits would say, "he'd make you blow some
There's a mostly British cast- you'll probably recognize
them if you're into BBC TV. One is Tim McInnery. Best known
as the flamoyantly- odd-uppercrust- friend of Edmund Black
Adder. He, as the rest, do a simply smash up job of it ,
This is kinda a chick movie. It's a LOVE, LOVE, LOVE story
and very touching. Especially the end montage, which had
the me sniffing intothe guy next to me sleeve.But if your
man loves you, or owes you, take him along. If not, best
used for girls' night out.
recommendation: Bangers and mash.
Written by: Richard Curtis
Starring: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Rhys
Ifans,Tim McInnerny,Emma Chambers