Notting Hill

Notting Hill

DVD - 1999
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The world's most famous movie star falls in love with a small-time bookstore owner.
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal, c1999
Edition: Collector's edition
ISBN: 9780783235103
0783235100
Branch Call Number: DVD Comedy NOTTING
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Can an American movie star and a British bookstore owner make a go of it?


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 28, 2017

Due to an unexpected turn of events, William Thacker (Hugh Grant), the owner of a travelling book shop, meets Anna Scott (Julia Roberts), a famous actress. Anna is intrigued by William’s simple yet comfortable life. As they spend more time together exploring Notting Hill, they begin to fall head over heels in love with one another. However, trouble arises when they struggle to deal with their extremely different lifestyles. I absolutely loved this movie, no matter how many times I watched it, Notting Hill still manages to make my heart beat a bit faster. I felt that this movie did a perfect job of depicting the life of a celebrity. Notting Hill is arguably one of the best movies Hugh Grant has ever starred in. 
- @Vaseline of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 04, 2016

I do love writer Richard Curtis. He captures the everyman living an ordinary life better than anyone else I know. This story centers on -- who else? -- Hugh Grant's character and how his life is turned upside down when his path intersects with big-time movie star Anna Scott, played by Julia Roberts. Without the superb writing behind it, NOTTING HILL could be formulaic, but with a stellar script, it hits its mark. One of the best scenes is when Anna is rehearsing her lines on the roof with William. Nothing encapsulates the natural back-and-forth better than that. It's not a mind-blowing film, but for what it is, I recommend NOTTING HILL.

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Charlie68
Dec 22, 2015

I found the romance forced and flat. While I sympathize with the life of an A lister actress, I couldn't identify with it.

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WendyLawton
Dec 09, 2014

This is movie is great. You guys should think about giving people the option of being able to check it out.

Sandrine1949 Nov 25, 2014

... THERE IS ONE SCENE IN THIS MOVIE, IN PARTICULAR, where we see what a truly wonderful actress JuliaRoberts actually is; she is someone who has never quite or completely won me over... but, in the bookshop scene, after she and the the HughGrant character have had a disagreement and his feelings have been hurt as a result, when she states that "she's just a girl asking to be loved" , that her talent and skill as an actress shine-through. Her control of the "word" and her imparting of restrained emotion on the brink of breaking are worth the watching of this movie. No doubt about it, she's a pro.

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rslade
Aug 20, 2014

Cute premise, decent acting, good wit, a nice rom-com.

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Isley
Jun 25, 2014

A fairy tale male wish-fulfillment story that was admittedly fairly entertaining. It sure felt pretty calculated to push all the right buttons, but hell, I guess sometimes a well done "pop song" can be as fun as something with more artistic merit too.

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dabra
Jun 05, 2014

love this movie.
romantic, funny!

tazz3 Dec 26, 2013

If you like Julia Roberts you'll
enjoy this movie

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scrubble4
Sep 19, 2013

Enjoyed this zanny film immensely. Lots of chuckles.

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 04, 2016

"Happiness isn't happiness without a violin-playing goat."

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Ciresica
Sep 30, 2011

Just going to the kitchen to get some food, then I'm going to tell you a story that will make your ba*** shrink to the size of raisins.

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mbazal
Jan 03, 2011

Anna Scott: After all... I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.

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Ciresica
Sep 30, 2011

Ciresica thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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mbazal
Jan 03, 2011

mbazal thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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Ciresica
Sep 30, 2011

Will meets a famous American actress named Anna and his life changes forever.

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mbazal
Jan 03, 2011

Every man’s dream comes true for William Thacker, an unsuccessful Notting Hill bookstore owner, when Anna Scott, the world’s most beautiful woman and best-liked actress, enters his shop. A little later, he still can’t believe it himself, William runs into her again – this time spilling orange juice over her. Anna accepts his offer to change in his nearby apartment, and thanks him with a kiss, which seems to surprise her even more than him. Eventually, Anna and William get to know each other better over the months, but being together with the world’s most wanted woman is not easy – neither around your closest friends, nor in front of the all-devouring press. Written by Julian Reischl

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Ciresica
Sep 30, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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