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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

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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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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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This winter, take a second look at the one beside you. See more »

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

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$93,354,851

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$199,043,242
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1.85 : 1
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During the traffic jam and trailer scene, one of the men in the Poland Springs truck behind the RV is Sandra Bullock's real-life brother-in-law according to Ms. Bullock on the DVD commentary. See more »

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While George and his driver are playing chess, George makes a move, they talk a bit, and George makes another move. The driver never touches a piece. See more »

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Howard Wade: You need someone who can write a brief instead of removing yours.
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Great interactions between two great natural comic actors...and a usable plot
13 January 2013 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Two Weeks Notice (2002)

Hugh Grant is funny. Sandra Bullock is funny. "Two Weeks Notice" takes full advantage of both, and for a warm, if someone canned, romantic comedy, it's enjoyable.

The premise is two-fold. First is the idea that Bullock makes herself indispensable as an assistant to an unbelievably demanding boss (an precursor of the more recent "The Devil Wears Prada" though in this case Grant is also a bit incompetent). Then she has to give notice she is quitting. This makes Grant desperate, which is always fun to watch.

The other premise is the feel-good part where a community center with history needs to be saved, somehow (an echo, perhaps, of "You've Got Mail"). Bullock is a do-gooder and a smart one, and she finds working with Grant has threatened her idealism. In fact, this is the deeper part of the movie, if still treated with typical easy going slightness. I mean, this is no serious commentary for sure, any more than "My Man Godfrey" will really change our views about unemployment in the depression. But it helps to have a cause to root for.

Most of all I came to love Bullock for her natural on-screen personality. She's so likable in her own offbeat way you come to support her view of the world automatically. And in this case that's a good thing, even if you also understand how Grant's character is both a jerk and a lovable misguided rich man. Grant of course is his own kind of natural, and the two are rather good on screen. They might not have chemistry, the way you'd want the screen to steam up, but they have energy or synergy together, more like the other Grant (Cary) and some of his counterparts did in the old days.

I'm tilting this review toward a feeling that this is a screwball comedy as in the the late 30s and early 40s, and in a way it is, though not nutty enough perhaps to really qualify. It does have the standard romantic comedy problem of two leads who would be great together if only a million things weren't standing in the way.

This movie gets weak reviews overall, but I liked it, and don't hesitate to recommend it as a thin but enjoyable comedy.


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