The Academy Award winner was flying to Los Angeles on Wednesday when he started watching a movie. He didn't do it in the usual fashion, though. Jenkins noticed the woman next to him watching "Notting Hill" and got sucked in, and then instead of starting the film on his own screen, he proceeded to watch over her shoulder without sound. What followed was a hilarious series of tweets spanning more than an hour of his flight.
In other news, the woman next to me is watching NOTTING HILL. A few choice folks will get the irony of this happening on my last flight of this sojourn. Also... Julia Roberts is STUNNING in this film. And holy shit Lester Freamon is in this?!— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) January 4, 2018
Since he couldn't hear what was going on, Jenkins asked for help figuring out the story -- he was confused because he thought Julia Robert's character was "waaaaaaaay too much" for Hugh Grant's character. Of course, Twitter delivered.
Okay somebody tweeted me that Hugh owns a bookstore, but... on their first date Julia had that braid AND that onesie body suit tucked into jeans and flat heel boots, she was basically Jay-Lo on IN LIVING COLOR! Translation: TEW MUCH FOR HUGH!!!— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) January 4, 2018
Armed with more information, Jenkins continued to react to what he was seeing (but not hearing), providing more entertaining commentary on the classic '90s film.
Okay I maybe should stop drinking I had NO IDEA that woman was in a wheelchair. Like... is that a reveal or did I just miss it??? I mean, obviously this thread is being helped along by our friend Woodford Reserve 😬— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) January 4, 2018
WHY IS THERE A SCENE OF HUGH GRANT SHAVING?! Everybody knows HUGH GRANT DONT SHAVE!!!! That dude ain't NEVER NOT BEEN CLEAN SHAVEN!!! I doth protest!!! English cat game means HUGH AIN'T TO SHAVE BRUH!!!!! Flag on the play Coach Michell!!!— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) January 4, 2018
Clearly a period piece BTW: what kind of bookstore owner has a flat like THAT in NOTTING HILL? This one actually isn't a joke, what we've done to our neighborhoods, to property values and the VALUE of certain jobs is so damn sobering, depressing— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) January 4, 2018
And possibly the best moment was when the action on screen started to heat up.
Oh god oh god watching a quasi love making scene between Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts over someone's shoulder is like CRAZY AWKWARD!!!!— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) January 4, 2018
Eventually the movie -- and thus the fun -- had to end, but we enjoyed it while it lasted. Based on the fan response, we're not alone in hoping that Jenkins will spend more flights doing this in the future.