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Two Weeks Notice (PG-13)
Warner Brothers Pictures
Official Site
Director: Marc Lawrence
Producers: Mary McLaglen, Bruce Berman, Sandra Bullock
Written by: Marc Lawrence
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Alicia Witt, Mark Feuerstein, Robert Klein

Rating: out of 5


Romance in the movies usually involves subtle chemistry, good lighting, and a sprinkling of comedic foibles along the way to be truly scintillating. It’s either that or skipping straight to strip chess for your excitement. Which sounds more appealing to you? They’re both in Two Weeks Notice, so maybe you can have your cake and eat it too.

Hippie Harvard grad Lucy Kelson (Bullock) was raised to save the world, and as a pro bono lawyer at Legal Aid she’s doing a pretty good job, protest-arrests aside. Then hunky and powerful real estate tycoon George Wade (Grant) enters her life. Or rather she accosts him on the street.

Lucy’s next cause is to save the local community center that his company wants to destroy. George needs a new lawyer, female, of course, but preferably one he won’t want to sleep with. Not exactly a match made in heaven, but their argumentative banter soon turns into a tenuous working relationship, as he gives Lucy carte blanche to dispose of his charitable funds as she pleases.

First nemeses, then friends, George comes to rely on Lucy for the most mundane decisions in life. From picking out his ties to shopping for his trousers, Lucy is indeed indispensable to the handsome Brit, albeit in that housewifely way. He wakes her up at 2 a.m. for light chit chat and pulls her out of a wedding on a whim to judge his ensemble. Finally outraged by his ceaseless gall, Lucy hands in her two weeks’ notice. By this point, however, they’ve been colleagues for almost two years and spoiled George is not ready to accede to her departure. And as it turns out, Lucy wants a part in his life as well, but not necessarily as his lawyer.

As usual, Sandra Bullock is amiable and pleasant. You should soak up the sweetness if you like it, because rumors say Bullock plans on taking a holiday from acting to focus more on producing in the near future. Two Weeks Notice may well be Bullock’s farewell vehicle for the time being, but as seen in the movie, plans are subject to change at a moment’s notice.

Never fear for Grant’s departure however. He seems to have finally made an official cultural comeback after years of squirming his way through interviews that inevitably included questions about his embarrassing prostitute incident and his ex, Elizabeth Hurley. That incident and its aftermath seem like two million years ago after watching this film, in much part due to the fact that Hugh’s accent makes any small quibble appear charming.

Director and writer Marc Lawrence, who helped pen Bullock’s vehicles Miss Congeniality and Forces Of Nature, serves up a nice platter of funny. Grant has one-liners throughout the film, and whether or not they hit every time, the constant barrage is bound to coax a tiny smile eventually.

The romance between the two builds over time, making the ending more credible, unlike the latest coupling in the fairytale Maid In Manhattan. Two Weeks is definitely the superior of these two recently released romantic comedies. If you have to choose this holiday season, lay the money down on Bullock and Grant for a precursor to a romantic dinner for two.

— Sandra M. Ogle

 

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