Hugh Grant is making a rom-com comeback in The Rewrite, co-starring Marisa Tomei, J.K. Simmons, and Allison Janney. Grant plays a broke screenwriter with a thing for younger women who takes a job as a college professor to make ends meet after his once-successful career takes a nosedive. If the trailer is any indication, it looks like Grant is returning to the classic "sleazy-yet-endearing British guy partially based on Grant's real persona" character he plays so well. Fortunately, in true rom-com fashion, Tomei turns up to turn his world around and maybe show him that it's super inappropriate to hit on your female students. And if anyone knows how to play a down-on-his-luck rom-com guy poised for an unlikely yet life-changing romance, it's Hugh Grant.
The Rewrite looks to draw heavily from the classic Grant rom-coms of yore: the predictable plot, his character's fear of commitment, and his eventual turn around. The movie was no doubt built on a sturdy foundation of Grant rom-coms in the past, and might be the mark of Grant's transition from young, noncommittal British rom-com guy to aged-to-perfection but still noncommittal rom-com guy, which could make for a great move.
Let's take a look at the best, cheesiest, and most '90s Hugh Grant rom-coms from the Grant golden era, shall we?
7. Nine Months
That hair! THAT VEST!
6. Four Weddings And A Funeral
Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell in a movie together is probably the most '90s thing ever. Also, MacDowell's hat and sassy cigarette placement just oozes mid-'90s sophistication.
5. Bridget Jones' Diary
Not going to lie, Grant is kind of hot in an awkward but sexy British guy who would take you on a sexcation to "shag" you and never call you back kind of way.
4. About A Boy
About A Boy is probably one of the best but most under-rated Grant-coms. He plays his usual "I'm a shallow British womanizer" character whose sexcapades lead him to develop a friendship with an usual young boy.
3. Two Weeks Notice
2. Notting Hill
This movie is peak Grant. And peak Julia Roberts' beret.
1. Love Actually
The rom-com of all rom-coms.