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
He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last forever, I was wrong. The stars are not wanted now; put out every one, Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun. Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood; For nothing now can ever come to any good...
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.
This film is smart, which is why people are so quick to loathe it. I found some of the comedic timing impeccable, especially from an actor as predictable as Hugh Grant (though I adore him). I found it emotionally lacking in regards to the actual relationship between the leads, but there were too many grand moments of comedy and love for it to be ruined. Quite honestly a great film.