With all the snow and sub-zero temperatures this winter there are enough nights where the easiest thing to do is hunker down and enjoy a good movie. I thought I’d offer a few suggestions with a British twist. These are films with Americans that are filmed in England. The one thing they all have in common is that they’ll warm your heart in the end.
No matter what’s going on in Hugh Grant’s personal life he has a knack for portraying lovable characters. One of these is in a romantic comedy with Julia Roberts called Notting Hill. Grant plays one of those everyman characters who stumble into a situation most of us can only dream about.
His character lives a rather bland life running a travel bookstore in the area of London called Notting Hill. He is getting over a divorce that has left him lonely and depressed. One day this gorgeous, world famous actress played by Julia Roberts suddenly appears in his shop looking for travel books. She’s basically trying to get away from the chaos of filming a movie to have time to herself. Grant recognizes her but wants to respect her privacy.
Due to an incident shortly after Robert’s character leaves the shop (they collide and Grant accidentally spills orange juice on her) a chemistry develops between them. He still doesn’t think he is “worthy” of her but she contacts him for a date.
The rest of the movie is about how this odd couple develops a relationship with all the pitfalls that come with a movie star getting involved with a nobody, especially a nobody who doesn’t think it could ever really work. Early on there’s a great scene in which Grant takes Roberts to his sister’s birthday party unannounced and the repartee between his small group of stunned family and friends is both sweet and unforgettable.