Protester meets Protestee
Two Weeks Notice
Review by Ross Anthony

The title credits roll over cute shots of Hugh and Sandra as children, slowly growing up in obviously politically, social, and economic opposite directions. Two Weeks NoticeSandra is a lawyer in a family of lawyers that prides themselves on social justice, helping the common person, and will lay down in front of a crane aimed at destroying a community landmark -- if necessary.

Hugh on the other hand, is the stereotypical rich younger brother, great at looking sharp, saying the perfect meaningless tidbits to clinch the deal, and of course a hopeless playboy.

This is not an original pairing. The "American President" to name just one (an excellent film btw) also takes advantage of attracting opposites. Even Jlo's "Maid in Manhattan" plays on this formula. Nonetheless, it works and that's because of the unique dialogue and chemistry needed to overcome the tedium of the oft-told tale.

Both Grant and Bullock are strong, fun, not just likable, but lovable. And the direction is careful, patient, and builds gently, quietly beneath the light quips and sometimes-silly antics of the stars. But as the film rounds to climax, that build has been timed just right, might just bring a tear to your eye.

The only flaw: a sort of awkward baseball moment. Else, not a boring moment. Few big laughs, but a steady stream of the cute and amusing.

Interestingly enough, the film is produced by Sandra Bullock. For those of you who always wondered what a producer does -- well she's the person that makes all the phone calls to get all the people (actors, grips, crew, even the director) together with all the equipment so that the director can orchestrate a motion picture. She's like the general contractor of the production.

  • Two Weeks Notice. Copyright © 2002.
  • Starring Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Alicia Witt, Dana Ivey, Robert Klein, Heather Burns.
  • Written and Directed by Marc lawrence.
  • Produced by Sandra Bullock at Cillage Roadshow/CastleRock/WarnerBros.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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