TWO WEEKS NOTICE

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Starring: Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant,
Alicia Witt, Dana Ivey, Robert
Klein, Heather Burns, David
Haig, and Dorian Missick

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older Teens & AdultsREVIEWER:
Lisa A. RiceIn TWO WEEKS
NOTICE, Lucy Kelson (Sandra
Bullock) is an unlikely
candidate for the new position
of staff lawyer at Wade
Enterprises, owned by
thrice-divorced industrial
tycoon George Wade (Hugh
Grant). Lucy is a Harvard
graduate and the daughter of
two very sincere,
help-out-the-environment-and-the-little-guy
attorney parents, who live in
a small apartment in New York
(with Kennedy stickers on
their refrigerator.) George
has been a silver spooner from
day one. He and his brother
are madly trying to get around
the irritating little people
intent on restraining him from
tearing down a beloved
community center on Coney
Island.When George
accidentally bumps into the
bumbling lawyer, Lucy (played
by Sandra Bullock who is so
good at the Steve Martin-type
physical humor), he finds out
she's a Harvard grad. He makes
her a hasty offer of a
$250,000 yearly salary. She
takes it in hopes of doing
some good at the company and
ushering in some compassionate
reforms. As Lucy gets rolling
with her new job, she soon
finds out that George is way
too demanding of her. He calls
her at home at strange hours
for the slightest reasons, and
he requires her opinion on
every single matter at the
office and personally.
Finally, after getting an
ulcer, Lucy tries to quit. She
finds that she can't, however,
because she wrote her own
impeccable employment
contract, and her attorney
parents agree that it's
airtight! George not only
refuses to let her out of the
deal, but he sabotages her
every attempt to secure
alternate employment!Lucy
decides that her strategy
should be two-fold: try to get
herself fired, and hire a
replacement that will distract
George from his insistence on
keeping her. Both tactics end
up showing Lucy what is really
in her own heart. Especially
when her replacement turns out
to be a gorgeous, smart
redhead who turns George's
head. Lucy struggles hard with
many conflicting emotions,
and, as George points out,
there has to be something in
her that likes the excitement
he offers. As with all
performance-oriented people,
she sets standards for herself
and others that are
unattainable. When she
challenges George's
compromising ways, he tells
her, "No one wants to be
preached at to live like a
saint. Saints are
boring!"After some personal
soul-searching, George's eyes
begin to be opened. He
realizes that even spoiled
rich boys can develop a heart,
a conscience and maybe even
find true love.Many movies of
late have portrayed characters
with various problematic
relationships with their
fathers. TWO WEEKS NOTICE,
however, reveals the telltale
footprints of a domineering
mother and her unattainable
expectations that lead to a
weighty performance
orientation in the child.There
are lots of very funny parts
to this movie. As a matter of
fact, in a recent television
interview, Hugh Grant said
that he was laughing so hard
when he read his lines that he
could hardly get some of them
out. Some of the humor is
silly, but relatable, like
when George keeps flushing the
toilet when his brother is
showering, causing the brother
to yell out each time the
shower water goes hot. There
are also the ageing parents
who are watching their
cholesterol. The mom says to
the dad, "Your cholesterol is
over 300. You're basically a
solid." When Lucy tries,
unsuccessfully, to quit the
company and George won't let
her, she tries to get herself
fired by tossing gum across
the room. George's stuffy
British brother steps on the
gum and throws fits trying to
get it off his shoe.
Regrettably, the worldview is
politically correct, with
generally light elements of
feminism, environmentalism,
homosexuality, and
anti-wealth/anti-capitalism.
There is some silly sexual
talk when Lucy is drunk, and
there is a scene where her
replacement entices George
into playing "strip chess,"
but there is no nudity shown.
There are overt reprimands for
lying and deceiving and there
is a strong, supportive
(albeit left-wing) father, who
states at the end, "As long as
people can change, the world
can change." If only they
understood that a true heart
change comes from knowing the
One True God as an intimate
friend through the sacrifice
of His Son, Jesus! Overall,
TWO WEEKS NOTICE is a cute,
funny, romantic comedy, but
family discussion would be in
order due to some of the
dubious worldview
elements.Please address your
comments to:Barry M. Meyer,
Chairman/CEOWarner Bros.,
Inc.4000 Warner Blvd.Burbank,
CA 91522-0001Phone: (818)
954-6000Website:
www.movies.warnerbros.com

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 100 minutes

Distributor: Warner Bros.CONTENT: (PCPC,
ACap, Env, B, Ro, Ho, Fe, L,
S, AA, M) Politically correct
worldview of left-thinking
protagonist, shown in slurs
about Republican presidents,
anger at big bad industry
ruining the community,
hyper-environmentalism,
help-the-welfare-folks-and-fight-the-industry
mentality with some moral
elements with lying rebuked
and contribution toward the
welfare of others encouraged,
but disparaging remark made
that "saints are boring" and
some Romantic elements with
emotion-based decisions as
well as some light
pro-homosexual humor and
feminist elements; light foul
language with about four mild
obscenities and a small amount
of scatological humor; no
violence; some risqué sexual
talk by an inebriated Sandra
Bullock and allusions to sex
with Hugh Grant character
playing "strip chess" with
scantily-clad new lady lawyer,
but no nudity actually shown;
several instances of alcohol
use with drunkenness; and,
lying and cheating, but both
are rebuked.

Director: Marc Lawrence

Executive Producer:

Producer: Sandra BullockEXECUTIVE
PRODUCERS: Bruce Berman and
Mary McLaglen

Writer: Marc Lawrence

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Content:

(PCPC, ACap, Ev, B, Ro, Ho, Fe, L, S, AA, M) Politically correct worldview of left-thinking protagonist, shown in slurs about Republican presidents, anger at big bad industry ruining the community, hyper-environmentalism, help-the-welfare-folks-and-fight-the-industry mentality with some moral elements with lying rebuked and contribution toward the welfare of others encouraged, but disparaging remark made that "saints are boring" and some Romantic elements with emotion-based decisions as well as some light pro-homosexual humor and feminist elements; light foul language with about four mild obscenities and a small amount of scatological humor; no violence; some risqué sexual talk by an inebriated Sandra Bullock and allusions to sex with Hugh Grant character playing "strip chess" with scantily-clad new lady lawyer, but no nudity actually shown; several instances of alcohol use with drunkenness; and, lying and cheating, but both are rebuked.

GENRE: Romantic Comedy

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Summary:

TWO WEEKS NOTICE is the story of a bleeding-heart Harvard law school grad, Lucy (Sandra Bullock), who gets thrown into the world of industry tycoon George Wade (Hugh Grant) and learns a few things about herself on her way to reforming the world. With plenty of politically correct elements, TWO WEEKS NOTICE is generally a fun, light, mindless romantic comedy.

Review:

In TWO WEEKS NOTICE, Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock) is an unlikely candidate for the new position of staff lawyer at Wade Enterprises, owned by thrice-divorced industrial tycoon George Wade (Hugh Grant). Lucy is a Harvard graduate and the daughter of two very sincere, help-out-the-environment-and-the-little-guy attorney parents, who live in a small apartment in New York (with Kennedy stickers on their refrigerator.) George has been a silver spooner from day one. He and his brother are madly trying to get around the irritating little people intent on restraining him from tearing down a beloved community center on Coney Island.

When George accidentally bumps into the bumbling lawyer, Lucy (played by Sandra Bullock who is so good at the Steve Martin-type physical humor), he finds out she's a Harvard grad. He makes her a hasty offer of a $250,000 yearly salary. She takes it in hopes of doing some good at the company and ushering in some compassionate reforms.

As Lucy gets rolling with her new job, she soon finds out that George is way too demanding of her. He calls her at home at strange hours for the slightest reasons, and he requires her opinion on every single matter at the office and personally. Finally, after getting an ulcer, Lucy tries to quit. She finds that she can't, however, because she wrote her own impeccable employment contract, and her attorney parents agree that it's airtight! George not only refuses to let her out of the deal, but he sabotages her every attempt to secure alternate employment!

Lucy decides that her strategy should be two-fold: try to get herself fired, and hire a replacement that will distract George from his insistence on keeping her. Both tactics end up showing Lucy what is really in her own heart. Especially when her replacement turns out to be a gorgeous, smart redhead who turns George's head. Lucy struggles hard with many conflicting emotions, and, as George points out, there has to be something in her that likes the excitement he offers. As with all performance-oriented people, she sets standards for herself and others that are unattainable. When she challenges George's compromising ways, he tells her, "No one wants to be preached at to live like a saint. Saints are boring!"

After some personal soul-searching, George's eyes begin to be opened. He realizes that even spoiled rich boys can develop a heart, a conscience and maybe even find true love.

Many movies of late have portrayed characters with various problematic relationships with their fathers. TWO WEEKS NOTICE, however, reveals the telltale footprints of a domineering mother and her unattainable expectations that lead to a weighty performance orientation in the child.

There are lots of very funny parts to this movie. As a matter of fact, in a recent television interview, Hugh Grant said that he was laughing so hard when he read his lines that he could hardly get some of them out. Some of the humor is silly, but relatable, like when George keeps flushing the toilet when his brother is showering, causing the brother to yell out each time the shower water goes hot. There are also the ageing parents who are watching their cholesterol. The mom says to the dad, "Your cholesterol is over 300. You're basically a solid." When Lucy tries, unsuccessfully, to quit the company and George won't let her, she tries to get herself fired by tossing gum across the room. George's stuffy British brother steps on the gum and throws fits trying to get it off his shoe.

Regrettably, the worldview is politically correct, with generally light elements of feminism, environmentalism, homosexuality, and anti-wealth/anti-capitalism. There is some silly sexual talk when Lucy is drunk, and there is a scene where her replacement entices George into playing "strip chess," but there is no nudity shown. There are overt reprimands for lying and deceiving and there is a strong, supportive (albeit left-wing) father, who states at the end, "As long as people can change, the world can change." If only they understood that a true heart change comes from knowing the One True God as an intimate friend through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus!

Overall, TWO WEEKS NOTICE is a cute, funny, romantic comedy, but family discussion would be in order due to some of the dubious worldview elements.

Please address your comments to:

Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO

Warner Bros., Inc.

4000 Warner Blvd.

Burbank, CA 91522-0001

Phone: (818) 954-6000

Website: www.movies.warnerbros.com

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