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Notting Hill

by Richard Curtis

ISBN 0340738448 / 9780340738443 / 0-340-73844-8
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Language English
Edition Softcover
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Who hasn't ever dreamed of meeting a movie star, falling in love and discovering the feelings are mutual? Richard Curtis's Notting Hill is a funny, enchanting, lighthearted take on just such a fairy-tale premise. Curtis's screenplay of the film--starring Hugh Grant as an ordinary British bookshop owner and Julia Roberts as the world-famous American actress who waltzes into his shop and his life--makes an effective and enjoyable read, chock-full of the snappy, witty dialogue that made Curtis's Four Weddings and a Funeral such a hit. Fans of the film will be pleased to relive such moments as Roberts and Grant's first embarrassing meetings and her appearance at a small dinner party for Grant's sister, where she turns the dynamic upside-down. On the page, the story is charming if a bit slight (it doesn't feature a rowdy and riotous supporting cast la Four Weddings), but as wish-fulfilment and romantic comedy, it's irresistible and will leave a smile on your face to rival that of our heroine. In addition to the finished script, the book includes scenes that didn't make the final cut (great ones, too--it's too bad they won't be seen), loads of colour stills from the movie, an engaging introduction by Curtis detailing the genesis of the film and an affable if offbeat afterword by Hugh Grant himself. --Mark Englehart [via]