Two Weeks Notice (2002)
USA / English
"A comedy about love at last glance. "A lawyer decides that she's used too much like a nanny by her boss, so she walks out on him.
Writer and first time Director, Marc Lawrence's "Two Weeks Notice" is a
charming, smart, and genuinely funny romantic comedy with terrific
performances by Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant. This a great movie.
Inherent in romantic comedies is a degree of predictibility. "Two Weeks
Notice" follows formula, but Lawrence orchestrates enough curves,
insight, and human resonance to make it more than just formula. He also
the great chemistry of Bullock and Grant-- this is their medium.
Sandra Bullock plays Lucy Kelson, a Harvard educated activist lawyer, who
hired by George Wade (Hugh Grant)a handsome, charming, and seemingly
multi-millionaire developer. George hires Lucy as chief legal counsel for
Wade Corp., for $250 K, because his brother Howard (David Haig), the true
captain of Wade Corp., requested George hire an attorney who did not
Bimbo U. Lucy swallows her idealism and... poverty, because George also
promises to protect her parents' community center. Lucy is smart and "not
intentionally funny", and soon becomes George's right and left arm-- he
can't to anything without her consult. This only amplifies that Lucy has
life or rather any relationships of merit... other than with George. Lucy
gives George her Two Weeks Notice. Credit Lawrence and company, when
finally accepts Lucy's resignation, it is crystal regarding the unspoken
relationship of the two. Wink. Wink. "Two Weeks" never insults our
intelligence, however, it makes us await for an hour and a half.
Along with wit and humor Lawrence, Bullock, and Grant provide a a very
touch that resonates throughout the movie. In a very well done scene on
rooftop of Lucy's parent's New York apartment, Lucy shares with George
she never lived upto her mother's expectations. George says that is
different from people "having no expectations". This is where movie
transforms beyond the opposites attract story. It makes sense of Lucy's
need to be perfect, and the man that George could be that he is well aware
of. In it's own light hearted way, "Two Weeks" looks at where you sell
where do you become a whore (but in a nice way), and where do you take a
stand. And taking a stand is never easy... even in a romantic comedy,
though it sometimes takes longer.
Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant are magic together. They are both smart and
their characters' are also. Grant as George is charming, witty, and
someone who has honor and substance that are dimissed by all except Lucy
(Bullock). Grant is masterful at hinting at a depth of character. Sandra
Bullock is beautiful, smart, and funny as Lucy. She also stretches
when Lucy drunkenly braggs about her sexual prowess-- "bobcat... pretsel
thing." Bullock lends compassion and a whacky sensibilty to Lucy who
men off by being too smart and too perfect, but still not good enough for
her mother. Her Lucy only gets a clue when she hires her replacement (a
good Alicia Witt)-- she is in love with George. The exchanges between
and Bullock are so natural... like conversation, spoken and unspoken.
At one point in the movie, Lucy has a breakfast conversation with her Dad
goofy and wise Robert Klein). She asks him "What if people don't change?"
The point is they will or they don't. Kind of like loving someone is
accepting them for who they are and for who they are not. Be open to
surprises. Marc Lawrence's "Two Weeks Notice" is an excellent surprise.
along with Bullock and Grant have made a classic romantic comedy and more.
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