Two Weeks Notice (2002)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) It’s a Nora Ephron movie not directed by Nora Ephron. A rom-com with a great cast but without any soul.
2) Hugh Grant playing the rich man-child character for the zillionth time.

 
QUOTE –
Tony: All men are pawns when it comes to women.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT –1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Though Sharon Maguire is the official director here, all credits go to Jane Austen and the undisputed king of Brit-Rom-ComRichard Curtis
2) Presence of Hugh Grant and Colin Firth makes it a must watch.
3) The love story of an insanely lucky over-weight slacker.
4) Soundtrack (“Someone Like You” by Van Morrison)
5) Colin Firth – definitive Darcy

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Mark Darcy: I don’t think you’re an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother’s pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever’s in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences… But the thing is, um, what I’m trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are.

Love Actually (2003)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) A feel-good romantic montage – narrated in the prologue with arrivals at Heathrow and established with the characters in the epilogue.
2) Quintessentially British.
3) A huge ensemble beautifully executed with a strong fast-paced screenplay.
4) Not to forget cameo by Billy Bob Thornton & Rowan Atkinson
5) Excellent Soundtrack – The Calling – Wherever You Will Go

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Jamie: A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

Notting Hill (1999)

Notting Hill

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 0

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone” – The whole sequence is mesmerizing
2) Rhys Ifans as Spike
3) Hugh Grant in a rom-com written by Richard Curtis set in London  – What more anyone can ask?

 

Cons –
1) Julia Roberts is annoying in this role

 

Quote –
Max: You haven’t slept with her, have you?
William: That is a cheap question and the answer is, of course, no comment.
Max: “No comment” means “yes.”
William: No it doesn’t.
Max: Do you ever masturbate?
William: DEFINITELY no comment.
Max: You see? It means “yes.”