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Notting Hill

Notting Hill

by Vivian Rose

"Notting Hill" is a terrifically funny movie starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, along with some impressive British actors in supporting roles.

Grant plays the owner of a very unsuccessful travel bookstore. One day, incredibly famous actress Anna Scott (Roberts) walks into his store, and later she even agrees to go out with him.

Quite obviously this isn't your average romance. Their relationship is complicated by the hounding press, and by the fact that Grant is nobody while Anna is a huge celebrity. She also has a big movie star boyfriend (Alec Baldwin, who appears to be playing himself since he isn't referred to by any name). It looks as if Grant doesn't stand a chance with Anna.

"Notting Hill" isn't flawless. At several points, I knew exactly what the characters were going to do or say next, yet "Notting Hill" was so wonderfully jocular, originally plotted, and well- acted that it really didn't matter -- it was tremendously enjoyable.

My rating: 3 stars
Rating: PG-13 (For sexual content and brief strong language)