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Notting Hill is not very accurate is it?

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SouthWestmom · 06/09/2015 22:35

I mean, in the book shop and they think about how exciting it would be to see a celebrity. And Anna going into some random's house. And then kissing him - I can't get on board with this.

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MarthaMonkeynuts · 06/09/2015 23:15

I'm enjoying it, not watched it for years Smile

Getting dated though: Anna needing to use his phone to call her car; relying on Rhys for messages

TinklyLittleLaugh · 06/09/2015 23:15

Mm, I much prefer Hugh Grant when he is being a bit mean; he is quite attractive in About A Boy I think. I actually think he's not a bad actor; it's a shame he's never really played any more challenging roles.

MarthaMonkeynuts · 06/09/2015 23:16

Their friend Bernie, also in Paddington but looks about 40 years older in Paddington

SouthWestmom · 06/09/2015 23:21

Ah so Bernie must live locally then.
Permets Grin yes dh loves this stuff. Love Actually every bloody Christmas.

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MarthaMonkeynuts · 06/09/2015 23:26

Hugh's glasses look v dated. Mind you it's 1999 - 16 years old!

ARichVernacular · 06/09/2015 23:28

I watched a bit of this for the first time this evening and was mildly intrigued to discover that you can flick over to it at any point and it will instantly make you feel sick.

SouthWestmom · 06/09/2015 23:28

Wow. Same age as dd.

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SouthWestmom · 06/09/2015 23:29

vernacular - that really made me laugh

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PermetsTu · 06/09/2015 23:29

Noeuf, I feel your pain. Watching a new rom com with him is painful. He gets very invested and worries that the dull, formulaic couple won't get together in the end. So far, his worries are unfounded.

SouthWestmom · 06/09/2015 23:33

yy, like it's a surprise.
I have to leave the room when the kid races past security

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StormCoat · 06/09/2015 23:37

Hugh Bonneville looks about twelve in it.

Actually, having just watched the beginning for the first time in aeons, what strikes me us how unpleasant the Julia Roberts character is - sure, Hugh 'carefully-judged public school stammer' Grant bumped into her with orange juice, but was profusely apologetic, non-celeb-goggling, and gives her a place to clean up and call her driver, and she's pretty snide to him, then implies he'll go to the tabloids with The Kiss.

And all that coy 'we have to pretend you're from Horse and Hound while my autocratic manager is here' is pretty unlikely for a major Hollywood star, who might fire half her staff on the average Tuesday.

It's a weird film, actually. That whole 'dinner party for HG's baby sis's birthday' scene is a weird kind of glamourising of the urban middle classes with their eccentric hats, dodgy cookery, charming paralytic injuries and interesting failures.

ToothpickCharlie · 06/09/2015 23:37

I love the scene when he walks through the market and the seasons change. That's certainly not very accurate though.

StormCoat · 06/09/2015 23:38

It makes FourWeddings and a Funeral look like Citizen Kane.

SouthWestmom · 06/09/2015 23:39

Do we ever find out why she is hanging around Notting hill to start with? And yes she is a cowbag at the beginning.

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TinklyLittleLaugh · 06/09/2015 23:47

I wonder, is there a kind of American version of Notting Hill, that presents a kind of fluffy, pastiche version of America to us Brits, and we just fall for it?

ARichVernacular · 06/09/2015 23:47

Maybe she'd been watching Metrosexual and was hoping to meet a loud technicolour gay best friend to add to her cliche collection.

SouthWestmom · 06/09/2015 23:48


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SouthWestmom · 06/09/2015 23:50

Because she needs one for when she tries to nick Cameron Diaz' bloke? But instead ends up with quite a refined type?

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TinklyLittleLaugh · 06/09/2015 23:52

What, you mean Friends isn't an accurate portrayal of life for financially struggling 20 something Americans in the big city? I'm shocked to the core.

Good call though.

Kalokagathia · 06/09/2015 23:55

I hate this movie with a passion.

I used to get stopped at least once a day after this was made by tourists asking where the blue (red?) door was.


SouthWestmom · 06/09/2015 23:56

There's just something about it that doesn't quite ring true? Grin

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SouthWestmom · 06/09/2015 23:57

Haha Kalo you and RachelZoe need to get together and devise a cunning plan.

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madwomanbackintheattic · 06/09/2015 23:58

Oh storm. I actually snorted at 'charming paralytic injuries'. I know that makes me a Bad Person. I do love this shite, though. Dh and I forced the children to watch Notting Hill and Love Actually a few months back. We are terrible terrible parents.

LovelyFriend · 07/09/2015 00:02

Good grief it's so sexist too!

and how did we all fall for the HG floppy charmer - yuk yuk yuk. The way he talks and all that blinking - fucking hell.

LovelyFriend · 07/09/2015 00:04

Are we meant to find it charming/funny when Spike asks Hugh "if he can have a go"? Oh so funny - not!

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