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Two Weeks Notice (2002)

By the numbers romantic comedy

Directed by:

Marc Lawrence

Rating: 6/10

Running Time: 100 minutes

UK Certificate: 12a

Country: United States

Sandra Bullock plays Lucy Kelson, a neurotic lawyer who meets the philandering millionaire George Wade (Grant) who is intent upon destroying her local community centre in favour of an ultra modern housing complex.

Wade asks her to work for him on the premise that he will keep the community centre if she says yes.

She agrees, and thus the entire premise of this film is made clear. She works for him, they fall in love and live happily ever after. There's never any question of that, this is a romantic comedy and that's exactly what you're getting: a by the numbers film about love and affection.

Two Weeks Notice won't win any awards for originality, and its only saving grace is the energy between Grant and Bullock. Were it not for their chemistry, this film would have been relegated to absolute mediocrity.

Grant is adorable as the bumbling Wade, who comes to depend utterly on Lucy for everything and Lucy is the clumsy lawyer who seems to eat everything that's put in front of her.

The ending is highly predictable and the few weak plot twists fail to spice up the movie. It's not over-amusing, but there are a few chuckles now and then. An ok movie if you're looking for some romance on Valentine's day, but if you actually want to watch a romantic comedy, there are far out there than Two Weeks Notice.

It's Got: The charming energy of Grant and Bullock

It Needs: To dare to be different

Alternatives:

Legally Blonde, Pretty Woman

Summary

Predictable. A standard romantic comedy that moves gently towards its no surprises conclusion. You can all guess the ending.

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