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20 December 2002 (USA) See more »
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A comedy about love at last glance. See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sandra Bullock ... Lucy Kelson

Hugh Grant ... George Wade

Alicia Witt ... June Carver

Dana Ivey ... Ruth Kelson

Robert Klein ... Larry Kelson

Heather Burns ... Meryl Brooks

David Haig ... Howard Wade

Dorian Missick ... Tony
Joseph Badalucco Jr. ... Construction Foreman (as Joseph Badalucco)
Jonathan Dokuchitz ... Tom

Veanne Cox ... Melanie Corman

Janine LaManna ... Elaine Cominsky
Iraida Polanco ... Rosario
Charlotte Maier ... Helen Wade

Katheryn Winnick ... Tiffany

Jason Antoon ... Norman
Rocco Musacchia ... Fisherman

Wynter Kullman ... Tyler

Francie Swift ... Lauren Wade
Adam Grupper ... Ex-Mrs. Wade's Lawyer
Johnny Dee ... Homeless Man

John Cunningham ... Justice of the Peace

Mark Feuerstein ... Rich Beck (scenes deleted)

David Aaron Baker ... Man Getting into Cab
Teagle F. Bougere ... Willie the Bellboy

Mandy Siegfried ... Hana the Hostess

Mark Zeisler ... Mr. Lowell
Nadine Mozon ... Ms. Gonzales

Tim Kang ... Paul the Attorney

Libby West ... Masseuse

Sharon Wilkins ... Polly St. Clair
Mike Piazza ... Himself

Shannon Fiedler ... Cookie Girl

Becky Ann Baker ... RV Woman

Adam LeFevre ... RV Man
Sebastian Rand ... RV Son (as Sebastian R. Rand)
George Gearhart King III ... RV Son

Donald Trump ... Himself

Norah Jones ... Herself
Bill Bowers ... Dance Floor Mime
William Thourlby ... Man in Elevator
Elizabeth Owens ... Woman in Elevator
Dori Kancher ... Farewell Party Girl
Marina Lutz ... Lucy's Assistant

José Ramón Rosario ... Assemblyman Perez (as Jose Ramon Rosario)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Boston ... Legal Aid Client (uncredited)
Sierra Brandt ... Background (uncredited)

Rick Canino ... Coney Island BG (uncredited)

Craig Castaldo ... Radioman (uncredited)

Carrie Collins ... Gala Participant (uncredited)
Fabrizio Fante ... Businessman (uncredited)

Jimmy Gary Jr. ... Groomsman (uncredited)
Susan Glaze-Harper ... Tennis Player (uncredited)
Jeannette Gould ... Senior Center Woman (uncredited)

Robert Z. Grant ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Danny Hayden ... Businessman (uncredited)
David Jefferson ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Alex Jordan ... Waiter (uncredited)

Deirdre Lorenz ... Deirdre (uncredited)

Joanna Lu ... Deli Employee (uncredited)
Charles McClelland ... Charity Ball Attendee (uncredited)

Kirk McGee ... Mime #2 (uncredited)
David Mendell ... Groomsman (uncredited)

Robert Myers ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Délé Ogundiran ... Linda - Front Desk Clerk (uncredited)

Nkechi Okoro ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Nick Poltoranin ... Supervisor (uncredited)
Raymond Prado ... Man in the Poland Springs Truck (uncredited)
Tsuyoshi Shinjo ... Himself (uncredited)

Frank Stellato ... Banquet Guest (uncredited)
Patrick Tierney ... Ballpark Patron (uncredited)

Vancho Tolomanosi ... Waiter (uncredited)

Laura Voss ... Norman's Wife (uncredited)

Bill Walters ... Boardwalk BG (uncredited)

Robin Weigert ... (uncredited)

Steven Weisz ... Charity Ball Attendee (uncredited)

Dolores Winn ... NYC Tourist (uncredited)

Directed by
Marc Lawrence 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Marc Lawrence (written by)

Produced by
Bruce Berman .... executive producer
Sandra Bullock .... producer
Scott Elias .... associate producer
Mary McLaglen .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
John Powell 
 
Cinematography by
László Kovács (director of photography) (as Laszlo Kovacs)
 
Film Editing by
Susan E. Morse 
 
Casting by
Ilene Starger 
 
Production Design by
Peter S. Larkin  (as Peter Larkin)
 
Art Direction by
Ray Kluga 
Jonathan Arkin (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Christine Moosher  (as Christine C. Moosher)
 
Costume Design by
Gary Jones 
 
Makeup Department
Michael Kriston .... hair stylist: Mr. Grant
Francesca Paris .... hair department head
Francesca Paris .... hair stylist: Ms. Bullock
Patricia Regan .... makeup artist
Anthony Veader .... hair stylist (as Anthony F. Veader)
Pamela S. Westmore .... makeup artist: Ms. Bullock (as Pamela Westmore)
Carla White .... makeup artist: Mr. Grant
Carla White .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Mary McLaglen .... unit production manager
Tricia Miles .... post-production supervisor
Donna E. Bloom .... unit production manager: additional photography (uncredited)
Mark Scoon .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julie A. Bloom .... first assistant director
Maya Choldin .... dga trainee
Kali R. Harrison .... second second assistant director
Kiersten Pilar Miller .... second assistant director (as Kiersten P. Miller)
Raymond Prado .... second unit director (as Raymond G. Prado)
Gianna DeGiulio .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Shawn Griffith .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Shawn Griffith .... second unit director (uncredited)
Karen Kane .... second assistant director: reshoots (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Mark Bachman .... graphic artist
Joseph Badalucco Jr. .... additional props (as Joseph Badalucco)
Lucian Baran .... scenic artist
Michael J. Cerullo .... construction grip
Peter DeCurtis .... set dresser
Frank Didio .... head carpenter
Robert DiGrigoli .... shop craftsman
Natalie N. Dorset .... set dressing shopper
Emily Gaunt .... camera scenic artist
Rafael Gonell .... construction shop manager
Vincent Guarriello .... key construction grip
Ann Harmon .... shop scenic (as Anne Harmon)
Anthony Itri .... construction grip
Steve Krieger .... set dresser
Vinny Mazzarella .... assistant property master
James Mazzola .... property master
Jeffrey D. McDonald .... assistant art director
Anthony Munafo Jr. .... on-set dresser
Anthony Munafo .... on-set dresser
Jamie Lynn Petagna .... scenic artist
Ron Petagna .... construction coordinator (as Ronald J. Petagna)
Ronnie Petagna .... shop craftsman
Raymond Prado .... storyboard artist (as Raymond G. Prado)
Joseph Proscia .... lead man (as Joseph F. Proscia)
Leslie E. Rollins .... supervising set decorator
Vincent A. Romano .... set dresser
Chinyere Ryan .... shop scenic
Cliff Schorr .... camera scenic artist
William J. Schwing Jr. .... set dresser
James Sorice .... master scenic artist
Richard Tenewitz .... shop craftsman
Margot Therre .... second scenic artist
Alyson Wellins .... art department coordinator
Greg Williams .... scenic artist
Ian Kennedy .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Mike Montgomery .... construction grip (uncredited)
Joseph S. Patire .... shop craftsman (uncredited)
Randall Richards .... assistant art director: reshoots (uncredited)
Joan Winters .... graphic designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Boulton .... adr mixer (as David Bolton)
Martin Czembor .... sound re-recording mixer
Andrew Ellerd .... sound effects editor
Dawn Fintor .... foley artist
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Phillip Fuller .... audio post technical support (as Phil Fuller)
Sean Garnhart .... sound effects editor
David Hankins .... supervising sound editor
Nathan Hankins .... assistant sound editor
Patrick Hogan .... dialogue editor
Kenton Jakub .... supervising adr editor
Jonathan Klein .... foley editor (as Jonathon Klein)
Terrance Laudermilch .... sound recordist (as Terry Laudermilch)
Helen Luttrell .... dialogue editor
Danny Michael .... sound mixer
Robert Morrisey .... assistant sound editor
Mark Pappas .... foley supervisor
Jen Ralston .... adr editor (as Jennifer Ralston)
Alex Raspa .... adr recordist
Andrew Schmetterling .... boom operator
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist (as Alicia Stevenson-Irvin)
Bruce Tanis .... sound effects editor
Lila Yomtoob .... assistant sound editor
Jerry Yuen .... cable person
Ryan Darden .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John Stifanich .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Akiko Ashley .... visual effects producer: Luminetik
Randall Balsmeyer .... visual effects supervisor
Kevin Cahill .... visual effects producer: Luminetik
J. Todd Constantine .... 2D technical assistant: Cinesite
Kyle DeVriendt .... visual effects assistant editor: Cinesite (as Kyle DeVreindt)
Chris Gelles .... senior digital artist: Luminetik
David Isyomin .... visual effects supervisor: Luminetik
Kathy Kelehan .... visual effects producer
Bridgitte Krupke .... visual effects coordinator: Cinesite
Kevin Lingenfelser .... visual effects supervisor: Cinesite
Andrew MacDonald .... compositor
Craig Mathieson .... 2D compositor: Cinesite
Scott McLain .... Inferno artist
Serena Rainbow Naramore .... 2D compositor: Cinesite (as Serena Naramore)
Sean Rourke .... digital editor: Cinesite
Amit Sethi .... visual effects supervisor
Tiffany Smith .... visual effects producer: Cinesite
 
Stunts
Peter Bucossi .... stunts (as Pete Bocossi)
Jery Hewitt .... stunts (as Jerry Hewitt)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer
James Boniece .... key rigging grip
Craig Burfeindt .... film loader
Michael Cambria .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Michael A. Cambria)
Paul Candrilli .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Andrew Cheung .... grip
Richie Ford .... rigging gaffer
Joseph Grimaldi .... best boy electric (as Joe Grimaldi)
Stan Keitt .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Scott Kincaid .... electrician
Jeremy Knaster .... electrician
Gábor Kövér .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Gabor Kover)
Gary Lamantia .... camera technician: Wescam camera
Mitchell Andrew Lillian .... key grip (as Mitch Lillian)
Charlie Marroquin .... best boy grip
Rick Marroquin .... dolly grip
Michael J. Maurer .... electrician
Lance Mayer .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jonathan Mayo .... additional photographer
Michael A. McFadden .... best boy rigging grip
Thomas McGrath Woods .... grip
Kevin McKenna .... video assist operator
Fred Muller .... generator operator
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam camera (as Dave Norris)
Neal Norton .... Steadicam operator
Neal Norton .... camera operator: "a" camera
Bill O'Leary .... gaffer
Louis Petraglia .... rigging best boy electrician
Eli Reed .... still photographer
Edward A. Robinson Jr. .... grip
Michael Rudolph .... generator operator
Johnny Santiago .... rigging grip
Chris Skutch .... grip
Robert Stevers .... electrician (as Bob Stevers)
Eric Swanek .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Andrew Sweeney .... grip
Lamont Crawford .... grip (uncredited)
Gregory F. Johnson .... grip (uncredited)
Todd S. Klein .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Darren Ryan .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Lance Shepherd .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Eric Swanek .... steadicam assistant (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting
Sondra James .... voice casting
Zoe E. Rotter .... casting assistant
Bill Tripician .... extras casting associate
Janice Wilde .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kate Edwards .... costume supervisor
Sue Gandy .... assistant costume designer
Cheryl Kilbourne-Kimpton .... costume supervisor
Mario Martinez .... costume shopper
Gali Noy .... costume department coordinator
Joel Voorhies .... costumer: Ms. Bullock
Benjamin Wilson .... costumer: Mr. Grant
Stephanie Biear .... seamstress (uncredited)
Charles C. Crutchfield .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Addie Hall .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Matt Kerr .... wardrobe department production assistant (uncredited)
Debbie Lucas .... seamstress (uncredited)
Tom Macdonald .... key set costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Glenn Allen .... first assistant editor
Guy Barresi .... second assistant editor
Chi Yoon Chung .... second assistant editor (as Chi-Yoon Chung)
Jamal El-Amin .... second assistant editor
Richard Friedlander .... first assistant editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter: Los Angeles
Sharif Laurent .... post-production assistant
David Orr .... color timer
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor
Richard Nord .... additional editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bunny Andrews .... scoring music editor
Tony Finno .... music preparation
Henry Hey .... musician
Darren Higman .... music consultant
Sonny Kompanek .... conductor
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Alan Meyerson .... score mixer (as Allan Meyerson)
Alan Meyerson .... score recordist (as Allan Meyerson)
Sandra Park .... music contractor
Diana Stata .... additional music coordinator
Richard Ziegler .... music editor (as Rick Ziegler)
Laura Ziffren .... music supervisor (as Laura Wasserman)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Timmy Olmstead .... music engineer (uncredited)
Joel J. Richard .... music assistant (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
William Baker .... driver (as Bill Baker)
William Michael Buckman .... driver (as William Buckman Sr.)
Richard Clark .... driver
Chris Collins .... driver (as Christopher Collins)
William Curtin .... driver (as William E. Curtin)
Robert Dwyer .... driver (as Bob Dwyer)
Thomas P. Eilig .... driver
Mike Elliot .... driver (as Michael Elliot)
Robert Fennimore .... driver
Joe Flynn .... driver (as Joseph E. Flynn)
James Giblin .... driver (as James S. Giblin)
Brian Hogan .... driver
Damian Holton .... driver
Jim Horvath .... driver (as James J. Horvath)
Peter Krienbihl .... driver (as Peter A. Kreinbihl)
John Lalor .... driver
Thomas McGoldrick .... driver
Victor Meich Jr. .... driver (as Victor Meich)
Edward Meyers .... driver
Wallace Mosely II .... driver
Wesley Petersen .... driver (as Wesley Peterson)
Joseph Riso .... driver
Biyami Sak .... driver
Robert Scanlon .... driver
Timothy Shannon .... transportation co-captain
Kenneth Swanson .... driver
Donald Sweeney .... driver (as Donald E. Sweeney)
Peter Travis .... driver
James Patrick Whalen Jr. .... transportation coordinator (as James P. Whalen)
Timothy J. Wood .... driver
 
Other crew
Ethan Anderson .... craft service
Daniela Barbosa .... production assistant (as Daniela Tomc-Barbosa)
Buffy Barton .... assistant: Mr. Grant
Pamela Bertini .... production assistant
Eva Z. Cabrera .... script supervisor
Amy Carter .... first assistant accountant
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Santena Jenaris King Clough .... assistant accountant (as Santena Jenaris King)
Leslie Collins .... set medic
Kate Cortesi .... assistant: Ms. McLaglen
Veronica DeMartini .... worldtravel agent
Malcolm Dodson .... production assistant
Kathleen Fellegara .... set medic (as Kathy Fellegara)
Rich Fellegara .... set medic
Robert W. Frauenthal .... helicopter pilot (as Bob Frauenthal)
Tony Hernandez .... location assistant
Vanessa Hoffman .... production assistant
Greg Jackson .... stand-in
Jenessa Joffe .... production assistant (as Jennessa Joffe)
Hollis McConnell Jones .... stand-in (as Hollis Jones)
Dori Kancher .... assistant: Fortis Films
Kate Kelly .... production coordinator
Ian Kennedy .... department assistant
Matt Kerr .... production assistant (as Matthew Kerr)
Amy Lafayette .... acupuncturist
Christine Leaman .... location assistant
Lara Leonard .... assistant: Ms. Bullock
Sarah Maine .... production assistant (as Sara Maine)
Charlie McDonald .... production assistant
Frank McKenna .... craft service (as Frank J. McKenna)
Michael McKenna .... craft service (as Mike McKenna)
Len Murach .... location manager
Edmund Nardone .... location projectionist
Kim Noble .... location manager (as Kimberly A. Noble)
Taylor Norton .... production assistant
Anna Novick .... production assistant
Bill Richards .... helicopter pilot
Marsha Robertson .... unit publicist
Chris Sanata .... production assistant
Marc Santo .... production assistant
Sabrina Seidner .... stand-in
Patricia Sigismondi .... production assistant
Julie Solomon .... location assistant
Lisa Sutton .... acupuncturist
Nicholas Thomason .... production assistant (as Nick Thomason)
Linda Toon .... assistant accountant
Aaron Louis Tordini .... chess consultant
Lynda Van Damm .... production controller
Reid Warman .... assistant production coordinator
Adam T. Weisinger .... production assistant (as Adam Wessinger)
Melissa Wells .... assistant: Mr. Lawrence
Sara Woodhatch .... assistant: Mr. Grant
Tomoko Yamamoto .... assistant accountant
Louis Zuppardi .... production secretary
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer (uncredited)
Adam Carroll .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jared Cauliffe .... set production assistant (uncredited)
J. John Corbett .... title designer (uncredited)
Damon Michael Gordon .... location assistant (uncredited)
Jesse Hove .... location assistant: additional photography (uncredited)
Stacy Kowal .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jeff Lomaglio .... shop craftsmen (uncredited)
Pamela S. Marshall .... assistant production coordinator: additional photography (uncredited)
Jonathan Mayo .... production assistant (uncredited)
James Paul .... second second assistant accountant: re-shoots (uncredited)
Patricia Porter .... payroll accountant: re-shoots (uncredited)
Guillaume Renberg .... remote head technician (uncredited)
Anne Scott .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Eugene Stamos .... craft service (uncredited)
Christian Vendetti .... production assistant (uncredited)
Steven Wargo .... craft service (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Richard Nord .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Two Weeks' Notice" - International (English title) (orthographically correct title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some sex-related humor
Runtime:
101 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Chile:TE | Finland:S | France:U | Germany:o.Al. (w) | Hong Kong:IIA | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:PG | Peru:PT | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:12 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:12A (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2003) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #39483)

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Trivia:
The film was originally set to film entirely in Toronto due to cheaper production costs, but producer/star Sandra Bullock insisted that a film about New York City must be made in New York City. It ended up being shot entirely on location within a 17-week span. It revitalized the economy of New York City after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 and allowed businesses to flourish once again. In honor of the cast and crew's contribution to the city, December 11th, 2002 was named "Two Weeks Notice" Day by the Mayor of New York City.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Norman brings June into Lucy's office for the first time, you can see Lucy's reflection in the windows but it's as if the windows behind her are blacked out so that the camera and equipment wouldn't be seen. When the shot is changed, the windows are open and bright.See more »
Quotes:
George Wade:This whole project is worth about 50 million in profits.
Ruth Kelson:No offense, but I think it's *immoral* for one person to acquire that much wealth. How do you sleep at night?
George Wade:Well, I have a machine that simulates the sound of the ocean.
Larry Kelson:Do those really work?
George Wade:Oh, yes, quite well actually.
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37 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Refreshingly Non-Mushy Romantic Comedy, 7 January 2005
Author: Bill Slocum (bill.slocum@gmail.com) from Greenwich, CT United States

Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant hearken back to classic screwball comedies in a very engaging if somewhat shallow romantic film that accentuates laughter above sentiment and succeeds wonderfully - even when it's not especially witty or gut-busting.

Bullock plays Lucy Kelson, a committed left-wing attorney with an immaculate Ivy League background who fights the good fight against the heartless developers of lower Manhattan and the outer boroughs. Complications ensue when she finds herself working for one such figure, George Wade (Grant) in exchange for his preserving a Coney Island landmark near her childhood home. Wade's not a bad guy, but he's frightfully dependent on Lucy for everything. When it seems possible she might at last get clear of him, she begins to have second thoughts about letting him go.

Two things I really, really like about this movie. One is the chemistry of Grant and Bullock. Bullock takes to being the butt of assorted slapstick with a gusto rare for a gorgeous screen star. She seems to have inherited the Doris Day mantle from Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan, though in a better way than either of those two screen stars. It's a pity she's since shown no interest in maintaining it. Grant plays off her very well in a role he could perform in his sleep - and sometimes seems to do just that, albeit in a good way. He has a casual way with a line that reminds me of Roger Moore or David Niven at their best, and shows he is growing comfortably into a solid on-screen presence after years of coasting on looks and charm. If IMDb.com is correct, he got paid $12.5 million for this, which if true is way too high, but he is probably the one guy who could make Wade so enjoyable, to the point where you're happy at his shenanigans for keeping Lucy by his side.

The other thing is the NYC backdrop. There's some eye-popping visuals courtesy of legendary cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs, like the bridges lit up like Christmas trees in the background while Bullock has a drunk moment with Grant aboard his yacht. Another scene features a helicopter shot of Manhattan by the Hudson, with a nice nod at 9/11 that doesn't impose itself on the viewer but is there for the noticing. (This was the first film shot in the city after the tragedy.) You can compare "Two Weeks Notice" with classic romantic comedies like "What's Up Doc?" or "Bringing Up Baby." Not that it's as good, but the goal is similar in that it strives to entertain more than play with one's heartstrings.

Alright, the story is shallow. We never really get a sense of Kelson's duties with Wade except when it comes to being pulled out of weddings to pick out ties. Her absentee boyfriend is barely established. The supporting cast is not well developed, except Robert Klein and Dana Ivey as Lucy's parents. (Klein especially is wonderful.) Alicia Witt is spellbindingly gorgeous as Kelton's would-be replacement, and she plays wonderfully off the main pair, but she's suddenly thrust into the role of the heavy simply for plot convenience, and it's jarring. Too many other secondary roles are like that, too.

The script, by director Marc Lawrence, has its share of lame one-liners, but it keeps a steady, merry tempo that distracts from the film's shortcomings at least somewhat while focusing on its key strengths, Bullock and Grant. Lawrence's direction is similarly solid. I like the little bits of business between Bullock and Grant, like when they pick off each others' plates at Fraunces Tavern, or when she refuses his offer of a sidewalk kebob, calling it a "flesh popsicle." The scene that sticks out most is of her at an outdoor party, wearing a lovely tulle gown and a clown nose. This is one film that makes a serious point of being goofy and glamorous all at once, and it works. If all romantic comedies were so committed to being entertaining, it would be a lot easier for us guys to sit through them.

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