Two Weeks Notice

Two Weeks Notice

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Director: Marc Lawrence

Cast: Marc Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Alicia Witt

     
 

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A woman finds herself attempting to foil one office romance while debating if she should take a chance on another in this romantic comedy. Lucy Kelton (Sandra Bullock) is a top-flight attorney who has risen to the position of Chief Legal Counsel for one of New York's leading commercial real estate firms, the Wade Corporation. However, Lucy's job has one significant… See more details below

Overview

A woman finds herself attempting to foil one office romance while debating if she should take a chance on another in this romantic comedy. Lucy Kelton (Sandra Bullock) is a top-flight attorney who has risen to the position of Chief Legal Counsel for one of New York's leading commercial real estate firms, the Wade Corporation. However, Lucy's job has one significant drawback -- George Wade (Hugh Grant), the eccentric and remarkably self-centered head of the firm. George seems entirely incapable of making a decision without Lucy's advice, whether it actually involves a legal matter or not, and while she's fond of George, being at his beck and call 24 hours a day has brought her to the end of her rope. In a moment of anger, Lucy gives her two weeks notice, and George reluctantly accepts, under one condition -- Lucy has to hire her own replacement. After extensive research, Lucy picks June Carter (Alicia Witt), a Harvard Law graduate determined to make a career for herself. Lucy soon begins to suspect, however, that June plans to hasten her rise up the corporate ladder by winning George's hand, leaving Lucy to wonder if she should warn George about his beautiful but calculating new attorney -- and whether she should tell George that she has finally realized she's in love with him. Two Weeks Notice was written and directed by Marc Lawrence, who had previously scripted two other box-office hits for Sandra Bullock: Miss Congeniality and Forces of Nature.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Peter Marchand
Hippie Harvard Law School graduate Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock) is dedicated to saving the world. What she needs is someone to rescue her from a life of workworkwork and Chinese takeout. George Wade (Hugh Grant) is the playboy poster boy for his family’s real estate company, a superficial billionaire who needs someone of substance to reveal his self-worth. They are clueless to their need for each other, and watching them ricochet around on their way to this discovery is what makes this romantic comedy so charming. They're first drawn together when the Wade firm targets Lucy’s beloved Coney Island community center for demolition, and George promises to preserve it -- if she'll work as his legal counsel. Their relationship has moments of When Harry Met Sally-like magic as belligerence becomes bonding, and it's no surprise when Lucy calls it quits. The "you don't know what you’ve got 'til it’s gone" ennui plays out during the fortnight that Lucy has to train her replacement (Alicia Witt), an attractive go-getter with her eye on George's briefs (legal and otherwise). Credit writer-director Marc Lawrence (who also wrote Bullock’s Miss Congeniality) for the film’s crackling dialogue. He deftly meshes slapstick moments with thoughtful perspectives on corporate greed and personal responsibility, and also manages to bring out the best in his stars, creating chemistry while tapping into their individual talents. Grant’s trademark self-deprecating manner is as endearing as when we met him in Four Weddings and a Funeral, while Bullock remains our brains-before-beauty girl next door. Good for us they found each other here.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A breezy, fun little romantic comedy in an era when the studios crank out examples of this genre with little to offer an audience except absurd premises, zero chemistry between wooden leads, and hastily assembled teen-pop soundtracks, this re-teaming of star Sandra Bullock with her Forces of Nature (1999) and Miss Congeniality (2000) writer/director Marc Lawrence is at least a triple play if not quite a home run. Most of the credit goes to Lawrence's wisely character-driven script, which is peppered with enough cuttingly witty banter, smart physical gags, and surprisingly thoughtful political observations that its adherence to standard "rom-com" formulas is hardly noticeable. Chemistry is always a major factor in this genre, however, and this is where Two Weeks Notice (2002) truly takes on the soufflé-light affability of a Preston Sturges yarn, with leads Bullock and Hugh Grant connecting on a genetic level -- if they're not quite Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda in The Lady Eve (1941), they are at least Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in Pretty Woman (1990). Their genuine affection and respect for each other as Lucy and George is evident in every scene, hauling what could easily have been what they used to call a "studio programmer" to at least one or two levels above the norm. Their flinty, flirty relationship only derails when the material fails them slightly in the second half, devoting too much time to subplot characters that are either not sympathetic enough (her left-leaning hard-case mother played by Dana Ivey is a little too real for a type of story trying to draw parallels to a fairy tale) or too sympathetic by far (Lucy's romantic rival, played by Alicia Witt, is far too likeably sparkling in a part that Lucy Liu or someone who can similarly project "bitchy" was born to play). This makes the waning sequences flag somewhat in energy and interest, but at least the film goes slightly awry long after most entertainments of its type have put half the audience to sleep. The best movies are the ones that linger, and what lingers about Two Weeks Notice is the certainty that its leads should work together again.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
I'd watch these two together again in a New York minute.
Los Angeles Times - Kevin Thomas
The hard-to-predict and absolutely essential chemistry between the down-to-earth Bullock and the nonchalant Grant proves to be sensational, and everything meshes in this elegant entertainment.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2003
UPC:
0085392330126
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature length audio commentary with branching gags by Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, and writer/director Marc Lawrence; Visit the stars, the moviemakers and New York City with HBO First Look: The Making of Two Weeks Notice; Two additional scenes; Interactive menus; Cast/Director film highlights; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; English and French language tracks; English, French, and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sandra Bullock Lucy Kelson
Hugh Grant George Wade
Alicia Witt June Carter
Dana Ivey Ruth Kelson
Robert Klein Larry Kelson
Heather Burns Meryl
David Haig Howard Wade
Dorian Missick Tony
Mark Feuerstein Rich Beck
Jason Antoon Norman
Joe Badalucco Construction Foreman
Becky Ann Baker RV Woman
David Aaron Baker Man Getting Into Cab
Teagle F. Bougere Willie the Bellboy
Bill Bowers Dance Floor Mime
Veanne Cox Melanie Corman
John Cunningham Justice of the Peace
Johnny Dee Homeless Man
Jonathan Dokuchitz Tom
Shannon Fiedler Cookie Girl
Adam Grupper Ex-Mrs. Wade's Lawyer
Norah Jones Herself
Dori Kancher Farewell Party Girl
Tim Kang Paul the Attorney
George Gearhart King RV Son
Wynter Kullman Tyler
Janine LaManna Elaine Cominsky
Adam Le Fevre RV Man
Marina Lutz Lucy's Assistant
Charlotte Maier Helen Wade
Nadine Mozon Ms. Gonzales
Rocco Musacchia Fisherman
Elizabeth Owens Woman In Elevator
Mike Piazza Himself
Iraida Polanco Rosario
Sebastian R. Rand RV Son
Jose Ramon Rosario Assemblyman Perez
Mandy Siegfried Hana the Hostess
Francie Swift Lauren Wade
William Thourlby Man In Elevator
Donald Trump Himself
Libby West Masseuse
Sharon Wilkins Polly St. Clair
Katheryn Winnick Tiffany
Mark Zeisler Mr. Lowell
Sonny Kompanek Conductor

Technical Credits
Marc Lawrence Director,Screenwriter
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Julie A. Bloom Asst. Director
Sandra Bullock Producer
Scott Elias Associate Producer
Kali R. Harrison Asst. Director
Gary Jones Costumes/Costume Designer
Raymond Kluga Art Director
Sonny Kompanek Musical Arrangement
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
Gabor Kover Camera Operator
Peter Larkin Production Designer
Mary McLaglen Executive Producer
Alan Meyerson Sound Mixer
Danny Michael Sound Mixer
Kiersten Pilar Miller Asst. Director
Susan E. Morse Editor
Neal Norton Camera Operator
John Powell Score Composer
Patricia Regan Makeup
Leslie Rollins Set Decoration/Design
Ilene Starger Casting
Aaron Louis Tordini Consultant/advisor
Laura Z. Wasserman Musical Direction/Supervision

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits (Baby, You've Got What it Takes)
2. Wrecking-ball Busters
3. Dinner for One
4. The Wade Brothers
5. New Chief Counsel
6. Nonlegal Advice (Big Yellow Taxi, Magic Moments)
7. Giving to the Needy
8. Two Weeks Notice
9. Ironclad
10. Just Brainstorming (Respect)
11. Meet the Parents
12. Chess and Women
13. No Hepburns
14. Twisty Bobcat Pretzel
15. The Interviewee
16. The Swing of Things
17. Gotta Go (Taking Care of Business)
18. A Lift Home (Come Fly With Me)
19. George the Closer
20. Letdown at the Ball (The Nearness of You)
21. Complimentary Breakfast (The Look of Love)
22. Strip Chess
23. Stapler Standoff
24. No Saints Needed
25. People Change
26. Voice in My Head
27. Dinner for Two (Love Is a Beautiful Thing)
28. End Credits (Big Yellow Taxi, The Way)

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