Tuesday 27 May 2008

"Love Heroin"

It's easy to knock Richard Curtis - he got a bit carried away with Love Actually, and was a little over the top with those last few Vicar of Dibley episodes. Plus, in recent years, he's been a little too preachy for my taste on the subject of Third World debt, and when I say that please bear in mind that I am in broad agreement with just about every point he raises on the subject. But preachy is preachy, however worthy the sermon. Aside from these later quality control issues though, he did give us Blackadder and Four Weddings and a Funeral so, on balance, you have to conclude he's a good guy.

And then, he also gave us Notting Hill. Quite aside from a few implausibilities (not least Hugh Grant's struggling bookstore owner being able to afford the house with the blue door) and the unashamedly tacked-on feelgood ending, this is the film in which Curtis wrote this line for Grant's character, William Thacker...
"It's as if I've taken love heroin, and now I can't ever have it again."
...which, as anyone who has lost or unrequited love will tell you, nails it perfectly.

Withdrawal is hell.

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