Parents' Guide to

Notting Hill

By Randy White, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Breezy but amusing '90s romcom has sex, language.

Movie PG-13 1999 125 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 13+

A bit of a snooze...

Moved through unrealistically and slowly. It did not have the rom-com bounce to it, but perhaps that is a good thing, however it felt heavy-handed and undeservedly whimsical. Perhaps that's just me being a judgey mcjudgerson. A lot of Hugh Grant looking befuddled and skating by on the performance of alleged British charm.
age 17+

Terrible

R: sex and language

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (23 ):

While this romantic comedy doesn't expose the dirty underbelly of our celebrity-crazed culture, it's definitely funny. Hugh Grant plies his trademark self-effacing act to great effect. The writers also give Grant some wonderfully funny lines to deliver. Julia Roberts plays the straight character with just the right angst and desire, and William's grungy flatmate Spike nearly steals the movie with his outrageous outfits and disastrous hygiene.

Despite the story's attempt to maintain an ironic tone, it descends into mawkish sentimentality at times. It also bogs down in the last 15 minutes -- just bring the two leads together, already! Overall, this is a fine movie for teens and parents to share together.

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