They definitely don’t make movies like they used to. Hugh Grant seems to have vanished from the movie screen, and so has the style of romantic comedies of the nineties, with all their British humor and quirky scenes.
If you have been busy with other things in life and didn’t get to watch Notting Hill when it came out or later on cable, here’s the story, as Anna Scott (played by Julia Roberts) puts it: “a girl standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” That’s the only really cheesy line in the movie, and unfortunately you have to hear it twice.
The film is actually quite a heart-warming ride, even if completely bogus in storyline. But I have to say it was refreshing to see a woman making the first move(s) – times have changed since All About Eve in 1950, where Gary Merrill very manly says “I like to choose who I go after,” or something like that (and with Anne Baxter as Eve trying to make her moves on him, it’s jolly well he does).