What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know there's occasional profanity, ranging from mild to heavy. William's flatmate makes crude remarks and wears lewd T-shirts. A good deal of alcohol is consumed at parties. Comments about breasts, 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 post-coital, but not naked.
What's the story?
In this romantic comedy set in London, the quiet life of sweet, bumbling Notting Hill bookseller William Thacker (Hugh Grant) is turned upside down after a chance encounter with American movie star Anna Scott Julia Roberts, who's in London for a film shoot. Constantly hounded by the paparazzi and rarely able to escape her entourage, Scott finds herself attracted to Thacker's adorably humble manner, simple life, and down-to-earth friends. Romance blooms between the unlikely pair, but Scott's fame poses serious challenges to the budding relationship, as does her on-again, off-again affair with arrogant actor boyfriend Jeff King (Alec Baldwin).
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 fifteen minutes--just bring the two leads together, already! Overall, this is a fine movie for teens and parents to share together.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about whether or not they would want to be famous.