'I'm also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.' That line alone makes this one of the great rom-coms that one will find great pleasure in if one surrenders to its charms. Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant are both wonderful throughout with a lovely group of supporting characters. Easy to find fault with, but also very easy to love.
As usual with Richard Curtis' trademark "naughty" romantic comedies, you find yourself smiling or feeling uncomfortable (or both) despite yourself. However, unlike Love Actually, the main characters of this film are insufferable. Hugh Grant is so mild-mannered that only his mother could love him, and Julia Roberts is such a nasty character you wonder why Hugh Grant loves her. But they're not meant to be...
It starts off funny enough but by the time it ends, you'll have seen more cliches than the number of times Hugh Grant stammers in this movie. At times, the film tries to satirize the cliches but more often than not it ends up falling back into them for life support. Plus the ending is infuriating.
Also, someone should have been murdered for how bad the soundtrack is. For real, it's dreadful.
An easy film to speak badly about given it stars Julia Roberts, features many mumbling Brits (which easily annoys uncultured Americans), and is eventually too predictable, but there are so many great comedic happenings and a perfect performance from Rhys Ifans. This isn't a film that has to be a guilty pleasure -- it's got real emotion and some great hair thanks to Hugh Grant.
I watched it cause I'm visiting London for the first time expecting to see amazing views of the city. But no, the only thing I found is a wonderful couple of Hollywood stars falling in love as teenagers in the most unlikely situation ever.