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Two Weeks Notice
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by EricDSnider

"It's all in the casting."
4 stars

“Two Weeks Notice” is a perfectly likeable romantic comedy, containing not a single unforeseeable plot twist but featuring a good deal of witty dialogue and amusing interaction between the lead characters. In fact, when Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock are not onscreen, both of them at the same time, the film drags considerably.

This is, I suppose, a sign that the screenplay (by Marc Lawrence, who also directed) is not that great after all, and that it’s the charisma of the actors keeping us interested. No matter. I’m just delighted at having enjoyed a romantic comedy rather than being annoyed by it. It takes a lot of work for a movie to entertain me when I can see all of its plot points coming before I even enter the theater.

Bullock plays an exceptionally clumsy woman named Lucy Kelson, a righteous do-gooder attorney who fights to preserve historical sites in Manhattan. (I’m pretty sure no romantic comedy in the history of the genre has ever NOT taken place in New York City.) Her enemy is George Wade (Grant), whom her mother calls a “philandering robber-baron,” and that pretty much sums it up. He’s an irresponsible millionaire playboy who means no one any harm but who also thinks of no one but himself. (“I own the Grand Hotel and I live there,” he says. “My life is very much like Monopoly.”)

George is desperately in need of a good lawyer, and Lucy agrees to the job in exchange for George not knocking down a Coney Island community center she has fond feelings for. However, she soon becomes less his lawyer and more his personal assistant, helping him make every tiny decision in his life and figuratively -- if not literally -- getting him dressed in the morning. Then she gets fed up, wants to quit, can’t because of the iron-clad contract she has with him (which she wrote), and so on. At some point, they sort of fall in love, or at least the movie wants us to think they do.

George’s utter dependence on Lucy and his cavalier attitude toward everything is highly amusing, particularly given Grant’s adeptness at these kinds of characters. Bullock has never been my favorite, but she’s a good comedian and has an excellent onscreen rapport with Grant. They’re no Tracy and Hepburn, but they’ll do.

These kinds of movies aren’t rocket science, Bullock pointed out in a recent interview, nor are they curing cancer; they’re just for kicks. She’s right, of course. We know the end from the beginning, and so the movie’s task is to make the journey enjoyable. “Two Weeks Notice” is thoroughly contrived, but golly, it’s a fun trip.

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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
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
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  20-Dec-2002 (PG-13)
  DVD: 14-Sep-2004



Directed by
  Marc Lawrence

Written by
  Marc Lawrence

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

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