Two Weeks Notice

Romantic comedies are one of the stable genres of cinema – always have been and always will be. Two Weeks Notice is the latest offering from Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock and never really makes up for its lack of originality from the get-go.

Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock) is a Harvard educated lawyer who never turns down the opportunity to pursue any cause that she deems righteous. She dresses like a hippy, organises protests and dates a guy from Greenpeace. Unlike a typical Harvard graduate she is more concerned with fighting greedy Corporations which she sees as destroyers of communities as they destroy neighbourhoods to make way for condos for the rich.

Playboy executive George Wade (Hugh Grant) spends his days living in hotels that he owns and leads a lifestyle of excess and luxury. Incidentally his company is one of the ‘evil corporations’ that Lucy hates so much.

When Lucy’s local community centre is threatened by the Wade Corporation, the paths of the two leads cross. They come to a compromise – Lucy will work for Wade Corporation as a lawyer and George will leave her community centre alone – even though they don’t really like each other.

With a new high powered, well-paid job, Lucy spends more and more time at work and George begins to rely on her for more than just legal advice. He calls her in the middle of the night for advice and so on. So these two develop a strange relationship where George’s insistence of Lucy’s input on every component of his life.

Over the next few months the two continue with their strange relationship with the tension increasing. The final straw for Lucy is when George drags her out of her best friends wedding (where she is the bridesmaid) with an emergency – which trousers to wear?

Having had enough, Lucy hands her two weeks notice in and quits. With their time together coming to a close can these two stubborn individuals realise that they might need each other more than they can admit?

Like many romantic-comedy, Two Weeks Notice is predictable and formulaic. The genres standout films rely on the writing and chemistry of the leads, which is sadly lacking this time round. There are a few one-liners tucked away in the proceedings, mainly in the first half, but by the close of events the film seems to lose a little of its momentum and falls heavily into cliché central. It’s a film that is instantly forgettable on so many levels.

The two leads give us nothing new in their performances. Hugh Grant does his trademark foppish, stammering, eyebrow raising and self–depreciating role that he has done time and time again. Sandra Bullock does her feisty, strong, adorable self role also. This is not a film for anything new performance wise as they can both do these roles in their sleep and with both hands tied round their backs. The lack of chemistry doesn’t help the cause either.

The humour ranges quite across the board, from some good one-liners to some slapstick. It’s an okay film that would make a good ‘date’ film and is entertaining enough to keep both parties happy.

Score 5/10

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