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Overall Rating
3.36

Awesome: 10.71%
Worth A Look44.64%
Average: 25%
Pretty Bad: 8.93%
Total Crap: 10.71%

4 reviews, 32 user ratings


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Two Weeks Notice
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by Scott Weinberg

"Movie-Star Charm: 14 Quality Filmmaking: 0"
3 stars

The good news: Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant are a pair of very chrming, witty, and altogether likeable movie stars. The bad: they have romantic chemistry of a full bathtub and an active toaster. For pure mild chuckles, this one's worth a visit. For actual romance, look elsewhere.

Each star trots out their reliable old personae here: Bullock is the sassy yet self-conscious smartmouth you've seen in 28 Days, Miss Congeniality, Forces of Nature, etc., etc., etc.; Grant is the self-deprecating yet sly English charm-boy you've seen in Four Weddings and a Funeral, About a Boy, Mickey Blue Eyes, etc., etc., etc.

For two actors of such limited range, it's pretty surprising that the two breathe life into such potentially dreadful movies.

So it was only a matter of time before some savvy producer saw the potential success inherent in the mixture of Bullock Bubble and Hugh Goo.

And let's be honest: we couldn't really expect a better film from this combo than the rather bizarre romantic comedy Two Weeks Notice. Bizarre in that I can't remember the last movie I was in which so little happens. Like, at all!

Bullock is a struggling and environmentally-minded attorney to Grant's mega-millionaire tycoon. Against all things logical, the robber baron hires the plucky kvetch to be his head council. If I told you that they fall in love, you wouldn't be surprised.

If I told you it took about 100 minutes to happen, you'd scratch your head. Yes, Two Weeks Notice is one of those romcoms in which everyone in the known universe knows these two are gonna get together...everyone except the two clueless dolts, that is.

This means we're offered a whole series of minor roadblocks (real estate deals gone sour, disapproving parents, horny new secretaries, etc.), each of which are meant to convince the audience that maybe the two movie stars won't be caught in a slimy wet liplock come the end credits.

You could cut the tension with a pillow.

So put aside the woefully familiar plot contrivances and romantic movie entanglements; none of it is new, nor is it presented in any stylish way. The gold here (and indeed the only real asset the movie has) is to be mined via the lead actors. Heck, it's just fun to hear these two banter back and forth, what with Grant's vocal stammering and Bullock's physical stuttering.

Needless to say, I'm kind of a fan of both actors. If you're not, I absolutely label this a 1.5 star flick and demand you never see it. Then again, if you're already not a fan of Bullock and Grant, then you wouldn't be caught dead near this flick anyway. So forget all that.

As pedantic and rote as the following sentiment is, I must admit that it's wholly true in the case of this particular movie:

If you like Grant and Bullock, you'll enjoy this one. While it's on the screen anyway. I challenge you to remember one meager detail one week after you've seen it. So lightweight and airy is this star-driven yakfest that I suspect it could cause some poorly-anchored movie screens to break their moorings and float into the heavens.

Piffle, essentially, and there's nothing wrong with piffle when it's presented by people you like. Put Jennifer Lopez and Freddie Prinze Jr. in this flick and I'd never stop throwing up.

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originally posted: 01/31/03 14:45:41
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User Comments

6/04/12 Dane Youssef Grant has never been more devilish. Bullock has never been more endearing. Worthy rom-com. 3 stars
1/27/11 Dane Youssef I normally enjoy have Grant and have no love for Bullock. But this one worked for me. 3 stars
7/13/09 the dork knight Relationship seems forced, but it's no worse than any other Sandra movie. 4 stars
2/09/09 Samantha Pruitt i loooove Hugh Grant in this, he's always so likeable, the homor is great. 4 stars
5/28/08 PAUL SHORTT LOSES STEAM FASTER THAN A CUP OF HOT COCOA ON A FROZEN LAKE 1 stars
1/28/08 Pamela White Sandra makes the movie 4 stars
11/16/07 R>A>Keeler Insubstantial; only saving grace is Sandy. 3 stars
2/12/07 johnnyfog Not terrible, but fairly lame. I only saw it for Bullock 3 stars
9/20/04 angel I luv Sandra Bullock, but i'm sorry, this moving was BORING 2 stars
2/04/04 glenn george menor its soooo bad... i hated it. 1 stars
11/22/03 Amanda Kristine If you identify with being an individualist, feminist, idealist, alienated woman-see it!!! 4 stars
9/17/03 Jinnvisible Sandra bullock produced this,she`s intellegent ,so why drop this`made for tv` turd matinee 2 stars
9/02/03 Kent A few funny moments but it doesn't come together. 3 stars
7/09/03 natasha_theobald Bullock and Grant bring actual comedy back to the genre 4 stars
7/08/03 Tracy Hibbard I love Hughes and Bullock and I loved this movie! 4 stars
5/31/03 Jack Sommersby Forced comedy with 2 stars who just don't click. 2 stars
3/28/03 Cathy ter Plugg Another message that a guy should pass up a sweet and meek gal for obnoxious Sandra Bullshi 1 stars
3/13/03 Shadaan Felfeli With Maid in Manhattan as the yardstick ; this film is watchable. 2 stars
3/06/03 ashley millard it was great.. my fiance and i laughed the entire time 5 stars
2/15/03 Chris I love Sandra Bullock. I love Hugh Grant. I do not love them as a couple. 3 stars
2/12/03 Kristen this was a sweet movie 5 stars
2/04/03 Lara I an joyed the movie and it was a funny 5 stars
2/03/03 Angie R It's a rental! 3 stars
1/24/03 Starbright Much better than expected. Snappy lines and another super Grant performance. Not bad 4 stars
1/07/03 Suzz just poor; poor acting; poor script; poor chemistry; poor period 2 stars
1/05/03 BAM A GREAT FILM 5 stars
1/05/03 michaelb14 actaully enjoyable and funny 5 stars
1/04/03 artemishia M. and R., why dont YOU go cook instead of seeing this shitty movie? 3 stars
12/28/02 M. and R. Why are all these women seeing this shitty movie, shouldn't they be cooking? 1 stars
12/26/02 ajay nothing original. Rent Amelie instead. I'm still mad at my sister for dragging me to this 1 stars
12/21/02 Dan Another boring worthless Chick Flick. Nothing original. 1 stars
12/21/02 George Jung God help us...this movie was good. A total surpise of a movie. 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  20-Dec-2002 (PG-13)
  DVD: 14-Sep-2004

UK
  N/A

Australia
  01-Jan-2003


Directed by
  Marc Lawrence

Written by
  Marc Lawrence

Cast
  Sandra Bullock
  Hugh Grant
  Mark Feuerstein
  Robert Klein
  Alicia Witt
  Jason Antoon



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