Notting Hill (1999) showed up on HBO this past weekend and because I remembered it as a Julia Roberts movie that rivaled her Pretty Woman flick, I gave it another viewing.
Time well spent.
Roberts is every bit as appealing in this romantic comedy as she was in Pretty Woman, and her co-star Hugh Grant is better than Richard Gere in Pretty Woman. I prefer Grant because he is not your typical Alpha male, which makes him more of a role model for me. (Coincidentally, another HBO movie I taped this weekend for later viewing is There’s Something About Mary, where Ben Stiller provides us non-Alpha guys with another example of our type landing the homecoming queen. Only in the movies.
The Rotten Tomato critics love Notting Hill at 83% and the audience is almost as favorable at 79%. I like it and its ensemble cast even better, and give it four out of four stars. Most memorable about the movie, even more than its excellent soundtrack, is Roberts’s plaintive plea to Grant:
- “Don’t forget I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”
According to the Hollywood.com website, that line is #21 on the list of most romantic movie lines.
The top five are:
5. “Here’s looking at you, kid” — Humphrey Bogart to Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca (pictured)
4. “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” — Ali MacGraw to Ryan O’Neal in Love Story
3. “You had me at hello.”– Renee Zellweger to Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire
2. “I wish I knew how to quit you!” –Jake Gyllenhaal to Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain
1. “You are my life now.” — Robert Pattinson to Kristen Stewart in Twilight