When it comes to iconic rom-com moments, it’s fair to say that Julia Roberts has a lot of them (think Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride and Notting Hill, to name just three). So, when she joined James Corden on The Late Late Show, it makes sense that he decided to give in to his nostalgia, don a series of wigs and help Roberts recreate her biggest movie scenes to date.
Ridiculously silly and brilliant in equal parts, the nine-minute ‘Roll Call’ sketch sees Roberts re-living the parts that made her a Hollywood legend. Corden, meanwhile, takes on the role as her co-star in every film, which we’re sure he just hated.
With just seconds to spare per scene, the duo jump straight in with 1999 cult-classic Notting Hill, in which a glamorous Hollywood actress (Roberts) falls in love with a bashful but charming bookshop owner (Hugh Grant) after a chance meeting on the colourful streets of London’s Portobello Road. And all it takes is that one line – “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her” – to transport us back to the Nineties. Or, y’know, reduce us to sobbing wrecks.
Throughout the segment, Roberts and Corden manage to recreate almost 30 scenes (impressive!), unearthing little-known gems like Mystic Pizza and America’s Sweethearts along the way.
Unsurprisingly, though, the best moment involves THAT Pretty Woman scene: Roberts, all dressed up in a nineties-style designer dress, confronts Corden (who, naturally, is dressed up as the snooty saleswoman). Circling him, she repeats her famous line: “I was in here yesterday, you wouldn't wait on me. You people work on commission, right?
“Big mistake. Huge!”
While the re-enactment doesn’t necessarily have the same gravitas as the original, it still felt like a serious fist-pump moment.
Check out the hilarious segment for yourself below:
We don’t know about you, but our Sunday afternoon is well and truly sorted – full-scale Julia Roberts movie marathon, anyone?