In this charming and polished romantic comedy, screenplay writer Richard Curtis has concocted a spiffy follow-up to the wildly popular Four Weddings and a Funeral. Narrator William Thacker runs a travel bookstore in Notting Hill, a suburb of London, and lives in a house with Spike, a scruffy and rather daft Welshman. His uneventful life is turned upside down when Anna Scott, an internationally famous movie star who earns $15 million a picture, walks into his bookstore and steals his heart.
The relationship between the screen goddess and the shy bookseller goes through some ups and downs brought on by the arrival of her famous actor boyfriend and her personal crisis when the press goes crazy over some nude photographs of her taken when she was younger. The finale of this fairy tale romance reveals that what many of us — even famous people — desire is a return to the garden of paradise where we can spend a quiet afternoon ensconced in the peaceful presence of the person we love.