Two of the most reliable actors of the romance comedy genre team up for the first time in "Two Weeks Notice," a funny movie about a lawyer and her rich client who annoy each other to the point that they begin to love each other. Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant star in this lighthearted and entertaining film from director Marc Lawrence.
Bullock stars as Lucy, a Harvard-taught lawyer who has devoted her life to working for the little people, which basically means going against big corporations anyway she can. However, when she runs into the handsome but foolish millionaire (Hugh Grant) whom she has grown up hating, and he offers her a job, she sees it as an opportunity to change his mind about things. As their business relationship grows, she finds that he is a very pleasant man that never thinks too long on anything, except for himself. He is constantly calling her and asking for her advice, to the point where she finally gives him his two weeks notice. But, as she searches for a replacement and eyes other jobs, she begins to fall in love with him, and him with her.
"Two Weeks Notice" is by no means a risky venture for either actor, who have both based their careers on movies like this. Hugh Grant plays his normal, quick-talking self, while Sandra Bullock does her quirky, slightly clumsy routine. Together, it is a force to be reckoned with, one that carries the two hours steadily along, drawing lots of laughs from the audience. That's all one needs, right?
Yes, it is a pretty mindless film, but the script is good nonetheless. Hugh Grant gets the majority of the good lines (there's just something about a British accent that makes them all the funnier), but Bullock works off him and the result is good chemistry. The two stars pretty much bicker back and forth, but not to the point where their growing love for one another seems farfetched.
As in any romance comedy, everything is pretty predictable. They are going to end up together in the end, after a rough period in between, and things will be hunky dory. The only difference between this one and other romance comedies is that "Two Weeks Notice" really has very little romance in it, which is good news for the guy. There is a lot of build-up and some tension, but nothing really becomes prominent until the last five minutes of the film; perhaps, for a romance comedy, this is too little, but from a guy's perspective, it's just right.
There are a few slow parts here and there, especially towards the end, but the majority of the film is laugh-out-loud funny. There's nothing sophisticated about it, but in a season where there are a lot of complicated, Oscar-worthy movies coming out, "Two Weeks Notice" might be a nice, relaxing film for the holidays.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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