Kind of like loving someone is accepting them for who they are and for who they are not. After much arguing she finally gets out and then they both realize that they've fallen in love with each other. Grant plays off her very well in a role he could perform in his sleep - and sometimes seems to do just that, albeit in a good way. But can the pair do with out each other? The exchanges between Grant and Bullock are so natural. Lucy meets George trying to preserve a community center in Coney Island, where she lives with her parents.
Lawrence's direction is similarly solid. At one point in the movie, Lucy has a breakfast conversation with her Dad a goofy and wise Robert Klein. He also has the great chemistry of Bullock and Grant-- this is their medium. 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. Complications ensue when she finds herself working for one such figure, George Wade Grant in exchange for his preserving a Coney Island landmark near her childhood home. The interjection of the appropriate music adds much to the results. The two in the beginning seem completely different but when Lucy goes to work for George, to keep him from knocking down the neighborhood community center, she realizes how needy he was, and how much she couldn't stand it.
I did not enjoy this movie for it's social significance, that's not what I watch movies for. The line is only funny because Hugh Grant says it. Although Lucy is able to effect the type of change she wanted from this position, she finds she cannot deal with George's expectations of her, namely being his primary confidante and advisor at all hours of the day and night, mostly about issues she considers frivolous. He's an engaging enough boss but he's very shallow, and Lucy finds that she's practically running his life for him. One is the chemistry of Grant and Bullock.
Two things I really, really like about this movie. The supporting cast is not well developed, except Robert Klein and Dana Ivey as Lucy's parents. Needing a real lawyer, he offers Lucy the job of his legal counsel on a chance meeting. So despite looking every inch the predictable romantic comedy, I expected to like this. Harvard educated lawyer Lucy Kelson, following in the footsteps of her lawyer parents, uses her career for social activism. Sandra Bullock plays Lucy Kelson, a Harvard educated activist lawyer, who is hired by George Wade Hugh Grant a handsome, charming, and seemingly shallow multi-millionaire developer. Only after the dismissal of the girl, Wade realizes that he is sorely missed the presence of Lucy.
By their own admission the pair got on great off screen, and that is evident as the pair feed of each other to make the lightweight script work wonders. George may even disrupt the date a girl to call her, only because he does not know what clothes to wear to a business meeting. When it seems possible she might at last get clear of him, she begins to have second thoughts about letting him go. 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. And is there more than a working relationship bubbling under the surface? George hires Lucy as chief legal counsel for Wade Corp.
But the whole film lives or dies on the casting of Grant, it is impossible to think of these lines working said by any other actor. After a period working together, George becomes completely dependent of Lucy, so she decides to quit her job. The script is funny and fast paced and both are handed good comedy material to sink their teeth into. At first he did not need to doubt that it will always come. Grant of course is his own kind of natural, and the two are rather good on screen. The dominance of the pair tho leaves little room for the supporting actors to breathe, with many of them coming across as mere fillers.
He has a casual way with a line that reminds me of Roger Moore or David Niven at their best, and shows he is growing comfortably into a solid on-screen presence after years of coasting on looks and charm. Along with wit and humor Lawrence, Bullock, and Grant provide a a very human touch that resonates throughout the movie. As such, she gives him two weeks notice, although she promises to help George find her replacement. 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. The movie keeps you laughing from the witty remarks made every few seconds. Two Weeks Notice will cause you to want to watch two times over.
Storyline: Harvard educated lawyer Lucy Kelson, following in the footsteps of her lawyer parents, uses her career for social activism. 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. I'm wondering whether I saw the same movie as all the people on this board who loved it. I have seen many movies in my lifetime, but this one is definitely in my top 10. The script, by director Marc Lawrence, has its share of lame one-liners, but it keeps a steady, merry tempo that distracts from the film's shortcomings at least somewhat while focusing on its key strengths, Bullock and Grant.