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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Comments made on the amoral vapidity of tabloid journalism. Characters question our celebrity-obsessed culture.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
A scene with reckless driving, and one of the characters putting his life in danger by stopping traffic.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Comments about breasts, leering at breasts, questions about sleeping with someone, and jokes about masturbating. A comment about seeing a former girlfriend named Pandora and her "box." The two leads are seen postcoital, but not naked. Lead character's flatmate wears sexually suggestive T-shirts. This same flatmate poses outside the flat for paparazzi while wearing nothing but his briefs, then goes back inside, posing in a mirror while grabbing his crotch. The lead female character discovers that there's a sex tape of her that has surfaced and is now the talk of the tabloids. A group of men in a restaurant are overheard talking about celebrities they would like to have sex with; they speak of them in a sexist and objectifying manner. Talk of male fantasies concerning female celebrities.
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Occasional profanity. Character wears a T-shirt that reads "Fancy a f--k?" on the back, also wears a shirt that reads "Get It Here" with an arrow pointing toward his crotch. "Pr--k," "s--t," "d--k," "crap," "ass," "damn." Lead character refers to his flatmate as a "masturbating Welshman." A group of men at a restaurant sit around a table discussing the celebrities they'd like to have sex with. Double entendre joke concerning "Pandora's box." A woman is described as "kissing like a nymphomaniac on death row." Conversation and quips about testicles, breasts, rear ends.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine drinking at dinner parties, some drunkenness. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Notting Hill is a 1999 romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. There's some profanity, including "f--k," as well as off-color one-liners of a sexual nature and men overheard speaking about having sex with celebrities in a sexist and objectifying manner. William's flatmate makes crude remarks and wears lewd T-shirts. A good deal of alcohol is consumed at parties. There are comments about breasts, men leering at breasts, questions about sleeping with someone, and jokes about masturbating. Also, a comment about seeing old friend Pandora's "box." The two leads are seen postcoital, but not naked. Lead female character, an A-list actress, learns of a sex tape of her that has surfaced and is now fodder for the tabloids. While it's a predictable enough, if wittier than average, romcom, a recurring theme is a questioning of our celebrity-obsessed culture and the way celebrities are perceived as both worthy of being placed on a pedestal but also easily knocked down for the sheer spectacle of it. A character who is confined to a wheelchair due to an unfortunate accident isn't portrayed as a lamentable victim worthy of pity, but as a dry-humored, three-dimensional character like other characters. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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