A film that cashed its feel-good intentions and political correctness in ways that inflated its cinematic value but also 'burned' the British humour's self-elevation into the film's chief momentum. Admittedly funny at moments and Grant's clumsiness suceeds in turning him into a sort of narrative magnet for the rest of the cast and the storyline development. Ultimately, though, its gags and romantic lustre have faded.
More hilarious if you are actually British - as the characters are mirrors of those floating around single and hopeless in London even today. Indie-esque, and the Funeral scene in question is sadder for having let you spent valuable moments with the character.
One of Curtis' best and wittiest screenplays, and Grant gives one of his career defining performances. MacDowell feels a bit miscast and is the only slight drawback from this otherwise bona fide classic of the rom com genre (although it doesn't take much to reach this feat). The whole film fires on all cylinders, with a quick pace and tight direction. I expected to hate it, but was a good surprise. 4.5 stars
Easily watched and typically English, it was a game changer in the world of British romantic comedy and, whilst it doesn't have particularly very much to say and features a truly awful Andie MacDowell, it works to create a sense of friendship and the way friendship circles work. The formula has been borrowed and revamped by Working Title a number of times but it's easy to see why when its charm is so obvious.