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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

October 23, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Who should play Hugh Grant’s next love interest?

One of the things I enjoy about “The Mindy Project” is the way everyone on the show, even peripheral characters like the athletes Mindy met at the nightclub, will talk about their favorite romantic comedy. (And yes, I want to live in a world where professional athletes debate “You’ve Got Mail.” I am actually not very fond of “You’ve Got Mail,” or Meg Ryan’s haircut, but that’s a topic for another day.) Anyway, when I think of romantic comedies, I think of Hugh Grant, because has anyone ever been as good at playing the stammering, floppy-haired British charmer (“Notting Hill,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Love Actually”) — or, for that matter, the snake-eyed cad (“Bridget Jones’ Diary”)? Grant keeps saying, in interviews, that he’s not going to make movies any more — and then he keeps popping up; this week in multiple roles in “Cloud Atlas” (which is most definitely NOT a rom-com). His next project, announced this week, will be another rom-com with director Marc Lawrence, which whom Grant made (in quality order) “Music and Lyrics,” “Two Weeks Notice,” and “Did You Hear About the Morgans.” In the new one, he’ll play an Oscar winning screenwriter who teaches at a small college — and falls in love with a single mother returning to school. Though the hair’s less floppy these days, I think Grant can pull this off — with the right actress. His best screen partners have been, to my mind Drew Barrymore, Emma Thompson, Renee Zellweger and Kristin Scott Thomas, but let’s think of someone new. Who might he click with? Emma Stone comes to mind — somebody who combines warmth and comic timing — but she’s too young. What about Marisa Tomei? Or Jennifer Westfeldt? Charlize Theron? Catherine Keener? You tell me.

Just because.

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