In Love with British Rom Coms


Four Weddings and a Funeral | British RomComs

 

You can take the girl out of Britain, but you can’t take the Britain out of the girl. I’m still readjusting to life at home following two+ weeks in London and continue to indulge my love of all things Brit. Being a big movie lover, I thought I’d share with you my three favourite British romantic comedies. I’m not breaking any new ground here. These are three beloved films, all worth watching again and again. And you don’t have to look too closely to see the common denominator:  Hugh Grant at his most rumpled, tongue-tied, charming best. So grab a cuppa tea as we go to the movies.

Four Weddings and a Funeral

 Hugh Grant | Andie McDowell | Four Weddings and a Funeral

 

It’s been over 20 years – 20 years! – since this delightful movie was released and catapulted an unknown English actor named Hugh Grant into the stratosphere. The story follows perennial bachelor Charles who falls for chic American Carrie, played by Andie McDowell. Sparks fly but these two characters travel a very bumpy road to love. In addition to the two leads, FWAAF boasts a sterling cast of well-known British actors (hello, Kristen Scott Thomas, amongst others). Well written, well acted, a celebration of life, love, friendship and the rituals and rites of passage that mark our lives.

Love Actually

Love Actually | Brit RomComs

 

That cast! It’s almost too long to list every name, but you can never go wrong with any movie that features Emma Thompson and Bill Nighy. Believe it or not but some people – critics mostly – loathe this film. Actually loathe it. But many more have embraced Love Actually as a modern Christmas classic. With its overlapping story lines (that actually come together in a tidy Christmas bow), Love Actually hits all the buttons. Yes, it will make you laugh and it will make you cry. I’d watch it over and over again for this scene alone:

 

 

Notting Hill

 Notting Hill | Movie Poster | British Romantic Comedies

Isn’t this everyone’s favourite fantasy? That your celebrity crush could walk away from fame and fortune to settle down for a life of true happiness with normal civilian you? That’s the premise here when regular guy bookshop owner William (Hugh Grant, again) and famous movie star Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) fall in love. Implausible? Totally. But it’s delightful. And Rhys Ifans is hilarious as William’s roommate from hell.

Film buffs will recognize another common denominator amongst these three movies:  Richard Curtis. Curtis wrote Four Weddings and Notting Hill and, wrote and directed Love Actually. He also wrote one of my favourite Brit series, The Vicar of Dibley which starred Dawn French.

I do love a period piece and have to make a point of seeing Becoming Jane. This 2007 film stars Anne Hathaway as Jane Austen and my current favourite, James McAvoy, portrays the Irish rogue that captures her heart. (I was able to score a ticket to see McAvoy in The Ruling Class. My God, what an actor. He’s one of the best.) Somehow Becoming Jane slipped off my radar, but it is now firmly on my Must View list.

So there you have some of my favourite British rom coms. I’d love to know if you agree or disagree with my choices. And please let me know what films I should have included. (I can hear you, Bridget Jones’ Diary fanatics…)

 

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