Romantic comedies, or rom-coms, have been a staple of the movie industry for decades. Affectionately known as chick flicks, these movies are cute, funny, sexy, and usually a little bit cheesy. But women of all ages get a buzz out of the “will they, won’t they” storylines, the “they love each other really” scenarios, and the “just kiss already” moments. And they may not like to admit it, but men love a good rom-com too.
Bringing together two heavyweights of romantic comedy, Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, was a stroke of brilliance. Notting Hill is a modern-day fairytale of a Hollywood A-lister falling for a very ordinary bookshop owner. Roberts is brilliant as the famous actress battling the glitz of Hollywood, the pressure from the paparazzi, and her desire for the simple pleasures in life. Grant is as charming as always, with his puppy-dog eyes, sincerity, wit, and awkwardness as he tries to impress this woman he has only ever seen on billboards. With such memorable lines as “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her,” and a loveable--if quirky--supporting cast, Notting Hill has us laughing while reaching for the box of tissues.
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