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HTF REVIEW: "Two Weeks Notice" (with screenshots) (1 Viewer)

Ronald Epstein

Senior HTF Member
Jul 3, 1997
Real Name
Ronald Epstein

Two Weeks Notice

Studio: Warner Brothers
Year: 2002
Rated: PG-13
Film Length: 102 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 16X9 Enhanced Widescreen (1.85:1)
Subtitles: English, French & Spanish

Over. Done. Finished. A comedy about love
at last glance.

This seems to be an awful time of the year for
quality movie releases on DVD. In fact, after
watching a film like Two Weeks Notice, I
can only thank God for the crop of classic films
I have had the opportunity to review.

Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock) is a Harvard educated
lawyer who works at a low income legal aid clinic
in New York. She has inherited her community
activist mindset from her ultra-liberal parents
Ruth (Dana Ivey) and Larry (Robert Klein). As the
film opens, we watch Lucy attempting to stop the
demolition of a landmark building in New York city.
Though Lucy's attempts usually are unsuccessful and
often land her in jail, she still insists on going
up against any real estate corporation that decides
to flatten an existing building to pop up a high rise.

Lucy sets her next protest on wealthy real-estate
tycoon George Wade (Hugh Grant). George is so taken
back by Lucy that he hires her to be his chief
counsel. Liberal Lucy squirms at first at her
new corporate job, but George promises her vast
reserves of cash to funnel into her favorite charities,
as well as the preservation of the threatened Staten
Island Community Center, Lucy's childhood landmark
that is slated for demolition to make way for a Wade

Lucy serves in her capacity as attorney/nursemaid
for the spoiled billionaire, but the requests he
makes keep getting more and more bizarre, as he is
now hopelessly dependent upon her. Eventually Lucy
has had enough and gives her boss "Two Weeks' Notice,"
and sets about finding a replacement for herself.
She hires June Carter (Alicia Witt), who immediately
turns into a vamp with eyes only for the billionaire.

On paper, the pairing of Sandra Bullock and Hugh
Grant must have seemed like a really great idea.
Take one of the most attractive actresses working
in film today and pair her up with cinema's most
adorable British actor and -BAM!- you have a film!
If only filmmaking could be that easy. What has
been obviously missed here is a solid funny script,
some inspired direction, and most of all, chemistry
between Grant and Bullock which only comes at the
end of the film when we are just too tired to care
anymore. It's a shame, because I really began to
like Hugh Grant after his performance in About
A Boy
-- but once again he's back to playing
that same old stammering British bobble head role.
The entire movie sometimes feels so forced that it
appears both he and Bullock never seem to genuinely
love being in this film. It certainly also doesn't
help that director/writer Marc Lawrence's pacing is
a bit off and the film really begins to lose steam
throughout its final hour.

On the plus side, this film was shot entirely in
New York, and the flavor of its city can be savored
through its shots of a Shea Stadium game featuring
Mike Piazza of the Mets and even a cameo of THE
real-estate kingpin himself, Donald Trump. Most
recognized here, however, is Bronx boy Robert Klein
whose talents almost seemed wasted in his role as
Sandra Bullock's father.

How is the transfer?

From now on, I need only to say Warner Brothers
to describe how good this film looks. You see, I
have yet to review any recent release that has
been anything less than phenomenal in transfer
quality. This release is no different. The print
is immaculate, with razor-sharp images, vibrant
colors and perfect fleshtones. Blacks are nice and
deep and everything takes on a very smooth and
detailed appearance with narely a hint of grain or
video noise.

I was disappointed by the film's 5.1 Dolby surround
mix. While I don't expect a film like this to have
an aggressive surround track, I do expect the surround
channels to produce some sort of ambient noise.
Sadly, the rears seem to remain mostly silent
throughout this film. Only twice did I detect any
sort of ambient sound -- applause at a dinner benefit
and the unexpected landing of a helicopter. So let's
forget the rears and talk about the front channels
that provide crisp, detailed audio with excellent
stereo separation and warm dynamic range that
perfectly showcases John Powell's charming score.

Special Features

First up is the feature-length commentary by
Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant and writer/director Marc
Lawrence. If you are wondering why Hugh's voice
sounds strained, it's because he has just returned
from the Golden Globe awards. The three seem to
be in an incredibly good-natured mood as they begin
joking about the manipulated images of themselves
that pop up during the opening credits. After
that, it sort of becomes a free-for-all as Grant,
Bullock and Lawrence take joking jabs at much of
the on-screen material, as well as turning upon
each other. Nothing here is overly technical,
but we do get to learn about the cool cameos by
the director's family, Hughe's friend, and even
Bullock's dogs. Speaking of dogs, we learn that
Hugh had a very unfortunate reaction to eating
some of NYC's finest street-corner water dogs.
Nothing serious here, not much to be learned, but
the cast is certainly enjoying themselves. To
think Hugh thought nobody would listen to this

Something I wish I had known about before watching
the film all the way through the first time -- Two
Bleeps Notice
is an option you turn on that
enables you to watch extended outtake footage
whenever a pink heart appears on your screen. I
did some searching around and found one right at
the start of chapter 8. By clicking on the
heart icon I was taken to a non-anamorphic screen
that showed a fairly funny clip of Hugh throwing
out insane swears as he blows his lines. Be smarter
than I was -- check this area first before
you watch the film.

The making of documentary never rises
up above the standard promotional fare. Here we
have Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Dana Ivey, Alicia
Witt and director Marc Lawrence who talk about
the film's story, while complimenting each other's
talents. You know the drill by now. Lots of film
clips here and a few minor peeks from behind the
camera...but really...nothing gained here.
(length: approx. 13 minutes)

There are two deleted scenes presented here.
The first was quite startling as it looks to be
the film's extended ending that gives us a sweeter
conclusion to George and Lucy's love for each other.
(Hint: Here comes the bride!). Next, Lucy and
her sister Merryl jog in Central Park as Lucy
confesses her love for George.
(length: approx, 6 minutes)

A cast and crew page gives filmographies
that are limited to the film's 4 major players as
well as writer/director Marc Lawrence.

We also have the inclusion of the film's original
theatrical trailer

Be certain to look for the white Widescreen
banner across the top of the front
DVD cover as there is a separate P&S version of
this film being released (I have posted the wrong
cover art above - that is all I had available).

Final Thoughts

Two Weeks Notice is certainly not the
worst movie you could watch on DVD this year --
in fact, I would go as far as recommending this
as the perfect date movie although I can just
envision guys cringing on the couch next to their
gleeful girlfriends/spouses.

Though Two Weeks Notice is labeled as a
romantic comedy, it's neither funny or really
romantic. Trust me, you'll watch this and forget
it a day later.

Release Date: April 29, 2003

All screen captures have been further compressed.
They are for illustrative purposes only and do not
represent actual picture quality


Supporting Actor
Jun 20, 2002
I missed this in theaters, meant to see it, so I'll get the DVD, good extras and a fine once in 3 years light movie to view while munching on a sandwich.


Supporting Actor
Oct 25, 2000
Peoria, AZ
Real Name
Wife and I saw this in the theater, and really liked it. I think it helps when there is a full house of people laughing...

The movie had pretty good word-of-mouth here in the Twin Cities, as from what I heard, theaters were pretty full.

If you like Grant and Bullock, I think you'll enjoy this light hearted fare.



Supporting Actor
Feb 19, 2003
My GF made me take her to the theater to watch this, it wasn't as bad as I expected. It's OK to watch with your loved one I guess, but I don't think any guy would want to watch this alone :)


Oct 25, 2001
Real Name
Adam Moreau
My Mom saw this in the theater and this seemed like fairly usual fare for her... However, she hated it and said she had never heard a theater laugh so little. Go figure.

Thanks for the review, Ron, but I think I might pass on this one despite how hot Sandra Bullock is!

Nate Anderson

Jan 18, 2001
but I don't think any guy would want to watch this alone
WRONG! I am that guy. I went and saw this in the theatre with my Mom and we both throughly enjoyed the film. It's not great cinema or anything, but I thought it was quite funny. I plan on picking up the DVD when it comes out.

Joel C

Oct 23, 1999
I liked Miss Congeniality pretty well, so I'm willing to give this one a shot, depending on the week one prices.


Stunt Coordinator
Nov 9, 1999
While certainly not deserving of a "Highly Recommended" award like DRUMLINE(sarcasm)this film was quite enjoyable in the theaters. It's worth a purchase.


Julian Lalor

Supporting Actor
Oct 5, 1999
I thought it was enjoyable enough fluff, but Bullock needs to get out more and stop remaking the same film or she'll end up another Meg Ryan.

Colin Jacobson

Senior HTF Member
Apr 19, 2000
I thought it was enjoyable enough fluff, but Bullock needs to get out more and stop remaking the same film or she'll end up another Meg Ryan.
Bullock's made tons of films that don't fit into the romantic comedy genre. Not many of them have done too well, but she has attempted to branch out, however unsuccessfully...


Senior HTF Member
Sep 13, 1999
Real Name
Chris Caine

sound for once is loud enough coming from WARNER. Columbia is going in the opposite direction.

Video is decent.

this is as 'realistic' a romantic comedy drama you'll get, and thus doesn't come off as Hollywood.

dunno, maybe it's the post 9/11 New York mood.

settled my bill quite well.

very quaint I guess.


Chris Rock

Supporting Actor
Jan 10, 2001
I thought Hugh Grant was perfect for this role.

Anyone remember when Hugh and Sandra introduced Monday Night Football and said "Are you ready for some FootBaaaaahhl" (reminiscent of ForgetabOWWWTitt in "Mickey Blue Eyes")? I'd love to see a repeat of that. It had me ROTFL.

Chris Rock

Supporting Actor
Jan 10, 2001
Wow, it looks like my inane babbling (above) killed this thread. Anyway, I got this today, and I'm looking forward to enjoying it as I did when we saw it in the theater.

Stephen Orr

Mar 14, 1999
My wife and I saw it at a .99 second run theater. She enjoyed it so much, she demanded I buy it. I thought it was pretty funny, also.

Martin Fontaine

Supporting Actor
Aug 15, 2001
I haven't seen the DVD yet (will tomorrow) but I just checked and the audio tracks are 448kbps.

Now why were Greek Wedding and Harry Potter 2 at 384kbps I don't know... But it's good to know that they are back at a proper bitrate.

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