DVD Vault: Notting Hill


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Notting Hill
Released 1999

With the plethora of romantic comedies to choose from these days, it’s hard to find one packed with as much romance, heartbreak, and delicious accents as Notting Hill. The movie, set in the London suburbs, focuses on the story of a lonely travel bookstore owner, William Thacker (Hugh Grant), and a famous American actress, Anna Scott (Julia Roberts).

One fine, fortuitous day, Thacker meets Scott while she’s perusing his bookstore. After a series of mishaps, love ensues. It is not all English roses, however, because of the public life Scott leads. She is in a precarious relationship dating a fellow actor and lives in the United States. Thacker, who has had his own troubles in love, can never seem to get the words quite right. The characters seem to be their own biggest obstacle in perusing the romance.

The greatest and worst thing about Notting Hill is the impossibility of the plot. The chances of meeting and falling in love with a beautiful actress or randomly meeting a handsome Englishman are slim to none. If you are missing class because of H1N1 or are just looking for a good cry on a Sunday night, grab a cup of hot coca, curl on the couch, and pop in Notting Hill.

— by Dana Judas

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