Two Weeks Notice

  • Review Date: May 19, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2002

Common Sense Media says

Predictable romantic comedy.
  • Review Date: May 19, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2002

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What parents need to know

Violence

Comic tussle.

Sex

Sexual references and situations.

Language

Potty humor.

Consumerism

Some product placement.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters drink, drunkeness.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has a brief scene of potty humor, in addition to references to casual relationships and infidelity. Two of the characters participate in a non-explicit game of strip chess. A woman's head gets stuck on a man's pants in a suggestive way.

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What's the story?

In TWO WEEKS NOTICE, Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock) is proud denizen of Brooklyn and a bright legal aide, fighting the just fight and protesting demolitions in her spare time. Her fight is about to take her up against the Wade Corporation. Enter George Wade (Hugh Grant), who is the "face" of the Wade Corporation, working in tandem with the "brain", his financially savvy but less attractive brother, Howard (David Haig). George is immensely wealthy, self-absorbed and oblivious. Challenged by Howard to find a Chief Counsel with more upstairs, womanizing George sets off to hire a genuine Harvard Law graduate. Guess who he finds? Lucy dedicates herself 110 percent to her job, which, as the months go by, she comes to realize is 109 percent more than what she needs to do to fulfill her role as a glorified baby-sitter to her pleasure-seeking ward. When Lucy decides to quit, George begins questioning a life without her.

Is it any good?

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For many of us, romantic comedies are like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, providing comfort food and simple consistency in a messy world. We relax and enjoy the familiar experience, knowing that there will be no discomforting surprises or soul-searching involved. But Two Weeks Notice is not a great romantic comedy. There are no real sparks between leads Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant, some of the humor you can foresee (and start wincing at) long before it arrives, and, if you have seen the preview, you have a pretty good sense of where the movie is going.

Where the comedy of this movie is consistently strong, it is the romance that is even less believable than the embarrassing baseball game and the unnecessary bathroom scene in the recreational vehicle. Neither Lucy nor George seem entirely human, with their simple characters writ large but they have a lovely ability to laugh at and with one another, so perhaps those romantic sparks are not really necessary. After all and caveats aside, none of the movies shortcomings will really matter to those with a craving for something sweet and light.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Lucy and George are molded by their families' (very different) expectations. Lucy says that she will never live up to her mother's expectations, how does this drive her behavior? Why does George say that it is worse when one's family has no expectations at all? How do the characters change as they are influenced by one another? Are these changes always for the good?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 20, 2002
DVD release date:April 29, 2003
Cast:Alicia Witt, Hugh Grant, Sandra Bullock
Director:Marc Lawrence
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Comedy
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:some sex-related humor

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Adult Written bydoodlesalltheday April 9, 2008
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Teen, 15 years old Written bymcleodlm54 April 9, 2008
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This movie rocked my sox!

I really liked this movie, for one, because i am a really big Sandra Bullock Fan, and to, because it was really funny, i highlt reccommend this movie. Very Funny, and a feel good movie, you can feel good about watching!

Teen, 15 years old Written byTheSuperman765 April 16, 2011
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What to watch out for

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Violence:
Comic tussle.
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Sex:
Sexual references and situations.
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Language:
Potty humor.
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Consumerism:
Some product placement.
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking:
Characters drink, drunkeness.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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