Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Secretly Awesome - Notting Hill

Release Date: May 28, 1999
Director: Roger Michell
Writer: Richard Curtis
Cast: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Rhys Ifans, Dylan Moran, Gina McKee, Hugh Bonneville
Box Office: $116,089,678
Rotten Tomatoes: 83%

I suppose Notting Hill would be considered a "chick flick," and it's movies like Notting Hill that make me dislike that term, which carries the negative connotation of formulaic simplicity solely aimed toward women. As with any genre, romantic comedies and dramatic love stories can be just as appealing to men as they are to women, when done well, and are just as essential to a balanced viewing diet as heavy dramas and big dumb action movies. But that point is almost irrelevant here, because, though it adheres to the conventions of a "chick flick," I think Notting Hill is as much a guy's movie as it is a girl's, if not more so.

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