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Issue: Winter 2002

Notting Hill movie review

A famous and beautiful American film star meets an ordinary book shop owner from Notting Hill. Is there a future for them amid the paparazzi, the hollywood machine, and his friends?

Writer Richard Curtis established an international reputation as a romantic comedy scripter with Four Weddings and a Funeral. Expectations were high for this pairing of Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.

Sadly the result is ordinary. Notting Hill has a similar set of characters -- the beautiful inaccessible American, the bumbling, awkward Brit, the quirky friends, but the movie just doesn't fly.

It's not a complete flop, but with such high expectations, we feel as if it's one.

Movie poster, Notting Hill; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Notting Hill
Can the most famous film star in the world fall for just an ordinary guy?

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 10 June 1999
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Title: Notting Hill (1999)
Written by: Richard Curtis
Directed by: Roger Michell
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The Players: Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant

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