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Two Weeks Notice (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 20 December 2002 (USA)
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A lawyer decides that she's used too much like a nanny by her boss, so she walks out on him.

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Marc Lawrence

Writer:

Marc Lawrence
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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. Joseph Badalucco Jr. ... Construction Foreman (as Joseph Badalucco)
Jonathan Dokuchitz Jonathan Dokuchitz ... Tom
Veanne Cox ... Melanie Corman
Janine LaManna ... Elaine Cominsky
Iraida Polanco Iraida Polanco ... Rosario
Charlotte Maier Charlotte Maier ... Helen Wade
Katheryn Winnick ... Tiffany
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Storyline

Harvard educated lawyer Lucy Kelson, following in the footsteps of her lawyer parents, uses her career for social activism. She hides any sense of femininity behind her work. George Wade is the suave public face of the Manhattan-based Wade Corporation, a development firm that Lucy routinely opposes and whose true head is George's profit-oriented brother, Howard Wade. George, who has a reputation as a lady's man, has had as his legal counsel a series of beautiful female lawyers with questionable credentials, they who have more primarily acted as his casual sex partners. Needing a real lawyer, he offers Lucy the job of his legal counsel on a chance meeting. Despite warnings from her parents in working for the "enemy", Lucy, who has no intention of being the latest in his bed partners, accepts the job as she feels she can do more good from the inside, and as George, as part of the job offer, promises not to demolish a community center in a heritage building as part of a development ... Written by Huggo

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Over. Done. Finished. A comedy about love at last glance. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some sex-related humor | See all certifications »

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The film was originally set to be shot 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. The film 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, 11 December 2002 was named "Two Weeks Notice" Day by the Mayor of New York City. See more »

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At the cocktail, when Tony (eating) and George talk to each other, in the first interruption, Tony has the fork in the mouth. In the other take - in the sequence - Tony has the fork in the dessert. See more »

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Meryl Brooks: I used to be afraid of being alone, then I got married. Now I'll never be alone again...
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, a picture postcard is shown with a rendering of the Coney Island Towers project, with the community center preserved as part of the design. See more »

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Referenced in At the Movies: The Best Films of 2002 (2003) See more »

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Comin' Home Baby
Written by Bob Dorough and Ben Tucker
Performed by Mel Tormé (as Mel Torme)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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An enjoyable comedy love story.
14 July 2004 | by Scaramouche2004See all my reviews

I am sick of defending romantic comedies on this site. Every time a new one hits our screens IMDb is absolutely inundated with reviews containing the words, boring and predictable.

Most of the time these reviews are written by people who are just annoyed that nobody was killed or nobody fired a gun or blew up a building or whatever. GROW UP.

This is the last time I'm going to say this but romantic comedies work to a successful formula which have worked well for seventy odd years and that is why they are successful, they are not going to change them and we certainly hope they don't so everyone please stop moaning for heavens sake. Maybe your action movies are a bit "same ol' same ol'" but do we slag them off to you? NO. So CAN IT.

Now my little rant and rave is over onto the film in question.

Sandra Bullock is in my opinion the greatest living comedy actress alive today. She is sexy and gifted and has the perfect talent and timing to easily take over the mantle of stars like Irene Dunne, Jean Arthur, Katherine Hepburn, Doris Day and more recently Meg Ryan as a true queen of Rom-Com.

It's my opinion that in fifty years time Sandra Bullock will be regarded as a screen great like the great actresses mentioned above. She has the ability to adapt between comedic and dramatic roles with perfect ease making us cry or laugh with equal vigour. I suppose she is almost like a female version of Cary Grant in that respect.

In Two Weeks Notice she is given so much chance to make us laugh and she fails to miss one of them. I especially like the part when she says she can also speak German and Japanese and then turns down an offer using both, followed by one of her rye giggles....hilarious and clever.

Hugh Grant, never really strays too far away from Hugh Grant but again as in the case of Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler this persona is what has made him a star and that is what he successfully does. It seems however that in this film he does it better than in any other film before.

It's a love story between a radical left wing lawyer (Bullock) and a capitalist, heartless tycoon (Grant).

He's been using her for her intellect and she has been using him and his money for her own charitable organizations, but when she decides to quit, the last two weeks sees their relationship change into something neither of them seem to want to part with.

The script is funny and fast paced and both are handed good comedy material to sink their teeth into. Hugh Grant is surrounded by beautiful women throughout the film giving him the opportunity to work his English charm school act, and with another sexy secretary in the picture, Bullock is given her opportunity to spar in her own inimitable way. The schoolyard type fight over the stapler is a great example and gut-wrenchingly funny.

An enjoyable film and one deserving pride of place on any DVD shelf. Incidentally check out the feature commentary between Bullock, Grant and Marc Lawrence. It's very funny and shows that the magic between them poured right off the film and leaked into real life.

As for one of the previous reviewers who referred to Sandra Bullock as FAT, I lay my gauntlet at your feet sir and it's pistols at ten. You may like her acting or loathe her, but fat she ain't.


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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

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USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Marc Lawrence Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,328,494, 22 December 2002

Gross USA:

$93,354,851

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$199,043,242
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1.85 : 1
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