Two Weeks Notice

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Two Weeks Notice
A smiling man wearing a suit and tie, standing beside a woman who is pulling on his tie.
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMarc Lawrence
Written byMarc Lawrence
Produced bySandra Bullock
Starring
CinematographyLászló Kovács
Edited bySusan E. Morse
Music byJohn Powell
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • December 20, 2002 (2002-12-20)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$60 million[1]
Box office$199 million[1]

Two Weeks Notice is a 2002 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Marc Lawrence and starring Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock.[2] Although critical response was mixed, the film was successful at the box office.

Plot[edit]

The "Coney Island community center" Lucy wants to preserve was actually a Childs Restaurant at West 21st Street. It was declared a New York Landmark a month after this film's premiere. It closed later (this is a 2013 picture) and, after renovation, is part of the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island.

Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock) is an intelligent, highly-competent liberal lawyer who specializes in historic preservation, environmental law, and pro bono causes in New York City. George Wade (Hugh Grant) is an arrogant, needy billionaire real estate developer and stylish womanizing playboy, who is also quite naïve. Lucy's hard work and devotion to others contrasts sharply with George's childish recklessness and greed.

Lucy meets George in an attempt to stop the destruction of the Coney Island community center from her childhood. Discovering that she graduated from prestigious Harvard law school, he attempts to hire her to replace his old Chief Counsel, overlooking their opposing views of real estate development. She decides that the benefits he offers for discretionary funding for community causes she espouses outweighs the negatives, especially as he promises to protect the community center.

She soon finds that what he really requires is advice in all aspects of his life. She regretfully becomes his indispensable aide, and he calls her for every little thing at all hours. At a friend's wedding, her cell phone loudly rings and disrupts the proceedings before she responds to his urgent page. When she discovers the "emergency" is he needs her advice on what to wear to an important event, she gives him her two weeks' notice of resignation. Yet, her departure is not so easy.

Lucy looks for work at other firms, but every one says no because George has called in advance asking them not to hire her, so that he can keep her on. Eventually he gives in, and she offers to help him find a replacement, but the camera shows us that they are not entirely aware of how close and interdependent they have become: they act like an old married couple at a restaurant, able to simultaneously carry out a conversation while involuntarily exchanging food out of habit from knowing each other's food preferences.

When potential interviewee June Carver (Alicia Witt) shows up without an appointment seeking the position, Lucy speaks to her, but is concerned that June lacks real estate experience. When George sees June he is immediately attracted and is ready to hire her on the spot, with seemingly little regard for Lucy's concerns. Rather than look the other way and let her soon-to-be-former boss deal with the foolishness of his sexist hiring practices, Lucy instead becomes increasingly concerned and competitive with her replacement. When George invites June to be included to business social events that formerly would be just between George and Lucy, Lucy increasingly perceives the business events to be more like dates, and is surprised that June is intruding on them.

Lucy finds out that despite George's promise, the community center is going to be knocked down and challenges him on his apparent betrayal. She arrives at his hotel to confront him and finds June and George in his apartment in lingerie during a game of "strip chess". George confronts her the next day, her last day, where Lucy reminds him that he promised her to spare the community center. Lucy leaves after George accuses her of being a saint, making everyone else look bad because they are humans who make mistakes.

After she is gone, George realizes that his time with her has demonstrated that he needs to change. Meanwhile, in her new job, Lucy finds she misses him. He goes in search for her and reveals he decided to keep his promise to her. Lucy initially rebuffs him but then returns and they declare their feelings. George reveals he resigned.

In the DVD version of the film, an unreleased wedding scene of George and Lucy was featured. George and Lucy were married at the community center attended by family and friends.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Director Marc Lawrence suffered headaches, sinus infections, a root canal, and a slipped disc, while making the film. Lawrence previously wrote the films Forces of Nature and Miss Congeniality, which starred Bullock, and it was on the latter film where he asked her to look at his unfinished script. Bullock liked it enough to star in and produce the film. Grant was first choice for the part, he and Bullock had already wanted to work together. Lawrence hoped the film would be different enough for Grant, not the same as his Notting Hill character, but not as unpleasant as his Bridget Jones's Diary character.[3] Filming took place in New York City, and was noted as the first Hollywood production to take place after the September 11 attacks.[4]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film opened at number 2 at the U.S. Box office, earning USD14,328,494 in its opening weekend, behind The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. It had a total domestic gross of $93,354,851 and an overall worldwide gross of $199,043,242.[1]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 42% based on 123 reviews, with an average rating of 5.6/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "Though Two Weeks Notice has nothing new to add to the crowded genre, Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock make the movie a pleasant, if predictable, sit."[5] On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 42 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[6] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on scale of A+ to F.[7]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3 out of 4 and wrote: "I WANTED it to be a typical romantic comedy starring those two lovable people, Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant. And it was. And some of the dialogue has a real zing to it. There were wicked little one-liners that slipped in under the radar and nudged the audience in the ribs."[8] Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly wrote, that the film "Knows what it needs to do for both its stars, does it, and doesn't make a federal case about it. I'd watch these two together again in a New York minute."[9]

David Rooney of Variety called it: "An affable but undernourished romantic comedy that fails to match the freshness of the actress-producer and writer's previous collaboration, "Miss Congeniality.""[10]

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack music to Two Weeks Notice was released on 28 January 2003.[11]

No.TitleArtistLength
1."Love Theme"John Powell1:38
2."Divorce"John Powell1:24
3."Take Away"John Powell2:41
4."Trying to Get Fired"John Powell1:31
5."Helicopter Ride"John Powell2:31
6."In the Limo"John Powell0:51
7."Bobcat Pretzel"John Powell3:15
8."Protest"John Powell1:26
9."Interviews"John Powell0:44
10."Emergency"John Powell1:40
11."Absolutely Beautiful"John Powell2:41
12."Sad Bowels"John Powell2:51
13."George's Speech"John Powell2:44
14."Finale"John Powell3:41
15."Epilogue"John Powell0:41
Total length:30:19[12]

Punctuation issue[edit]

In the best-selling book on punctuation Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, the author Lynne Truss points out that the spelling of the film's title is grammatically incorrect because it is missing an apostrophe (Two Weeks' Notice). The book's original hardcover edition featured Truss in her author's photo, glaring at the poster and holding a marker where the apostrophe should be.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Two Weeks Notice (2002). Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 17 November 2010
  2. ^ "Two Weeks Notice (2002) - Marc Lawrence - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Two Weeks Notice". EW.
  4. ^ "The Sandra Bullock Files #33: Two Weeks Notice (2002)". 9 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Two Weeks Notice (2002)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Two Weeks Notice". Metacritic. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  7. ^ "TWO WEEKS NOTICE (2002) B+". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on 6 February 2018.
  8. ^ Ebert, Roger (2002). "Two Weeks Notice movie review (2002)". Chicago Sun-Times.3/4 stars
  9. ^ "Two Weeks Notice". EW.
  10. ^ Rooney, David (15 December 2002). "Two Weeks Notice". Variety.
  11. ^ Two Weeks Notice Soundtrack release date TheOST. Retrieved 28 January 2014
  12. ^ Two Weeks Notice Soundtrack length TheOST. Retrieved 28 January 2014
  13. ^ Truss, Lynne (3 April 2015). "'Eats, Shoots, & Leaves' - New York Times". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 3 April 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  14. ^ "Reviews: Eats, Shoots and Leaves". Archived from the original on 25 December 2003. Retrieved 23 September 2017.

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