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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 DrChumley

"Better than the average romantic comedy..."
4 stars

You’ve got to hand it to Hollywood. They’ve used the same story idea at least a million times over. Boy meets Girl. Girl hates Boy. Boy turns out not to be such a louse. Girl and boy start liking each other. Boy does something that threatens to destroy all possibilities for a relationship. Girl and boy get together in the end because love conquers all.

Now, most people would think I say that tongue in cheek. I don’t. I love the classic Hollywood love story. When I go to see a romantic comedy, I walk into the theatre knowing what’s going to happen and how it’s going to end. But I still love it.

Two Weeks Notice does the “Hollywood Love Story” better than most. It’s not My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but it’s a well-crafted film that’s never too cheesy. Add to the mix two of the best romantic comedy stars of the age, and you’ve got a good movie. Nobody will ever mistake this for high art, but it’s a film that knows what it wants to be and achieves it admirably.

Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock) is a Harvard-alum lawyer who has dedicated her professional life to causes. She works at Legal Aid for a pittance, she protests the destruction of historical buildings, and she even dates a trainer for Greenpeace. When she finds out that the community center in the neighborhood in which she grew up is being torn down to be replaced with high-rise hotel and beach-front condos, she approaches the company bidding for the job, run by George Wade (Hugh Grant), and offers to land the job for them if they agree to save the community center.

Wade, who is searching for a new head legal counsel offers Lucy a job, and she reluctantly accepts with the offer to head the company’s multi-million dollar philanthropy campaign. Before long, however, George is constantly asking Lucy’s opinions on clothing, envelopes, and other trivial things. He calls her up late at night to talk. He pages her from a wedding to help him pick out a suit for a television appearance. Fed up with George’s asinine behavior, Lucy puts in her two weeks notice.

And if you have not yet figured out how this film will end, I’m not going to tell you.

This enjoyable piece of escapist fare doesn’t aspire to be an artistic movie, and as such largely succeeds. Written and directed by Marc Lawrence, this film maintains a steady but easy pace, and we are allowed to see the hints of burgeoning love between the two lead characters.

Bullock and Grant make this movie what it is, however. Bullock’s trademark natural performance is superb, and Grant continues to distance himself from the yammering, stuttering British idiot routine he has done so frequently in the past. The chemistry between the two leads is palpable. The friendship and camaraderie Bullock and Grant have shown on their numerable television interviews informs their scenes together and keeps the show interesting.

The film’s biggest flaw is in the characterization of Grant’s George. In order for Lucy’s anger and frustration to be justified, George should be more of a misogynist. Instead, we see him as an obscenely wealthy, kindly, bantering fellow who has a reputation for liking the ladies. He’s too friendly and likable. The result is that, from the beginning, there is nobody to cheer for or boo at. George’s personal journey isn’t very drastic. We like both the characters, and the conflict is lessened.

The cinematography (László Kovács), music (John Powell), and other film elements were apropos for the film, but lack the memorable moments of other, more “artistic” romantic comedies like When Harry Met Sally or Sleepless in Seattle.

Guys, score some quality points with your girlfriend or wife and take them to see this movie. You won’t loose your lunch; she will probably love it.

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originally posted: 01/27/03 03:16:00
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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
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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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