Movie: Having watched a number of independent films lately, I felt the need to watch something a bit more mainstream. A friend twisted my arm and we ended up watching Two Weeks Notice, a film generally referred to as a romantic comedy. The movie centered on a young left leaning activist attorney played by Sandra Bullock and a wealthy developer played by Hugh Grant. Both of these actors are known as heavy hitters in the comedy genre so given anything from a computer generated script with no humanity to a well crafted script by a host of top talent, they should provide exactly what the corporation orders. Unfortunately, they didn't.
Lucy (Sandra), established her leftist politics early on in the film by protesting a developer's tearing down of a historically rich building with her two friends. The wrecking crew is about as interested in what she thinks as they are in what the cost of tea in China is (i.e.: not at all). George (Hugh), is a wealthy billionaire industrialist looking for a new attorney. He will only hire a woman, and prefers a cute one for obvious reasons. The two meet when she tries to protest his company's proposed destruction of a community center in her neighborhood. That she's a Harvard graduate with lots of snap is enough for him to offer her the job where he's promise to leave the center alone.
The two work overtime showing the audience their credentials-she's on call 24/7 and he's always chasing cuties. Of course at some point you'd ask why he was so rich if he was as dumb as he appears and some of that is explained away, clumsily I might add, by his brother who indicates that George is the face and he's the brains. Her character also goes overboard trying to establish that she's still quite liberal and has a heart although it also seems forced most of the time.
In the end, the two fall in love but are too close to one another to realize it and go their separate ways. After a series of slapstick misadventures, the two part until George is forced to tear down the community center by his brother. This being a formula driven comedy geared to the least common denominator, you "know" they'll end up together and all will be right with the world so the story probably won't disappoint people looking for a comfortable date movie but it's a far cry from the classics of yesteryear where the leads actually seemed to have some chemistry with one another.
Picture: I saw the widescreen version which presented a 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen picture that was pretty clear. There were no real problems that I noticed in it which should be expected in a movie with a 60 million dollar budget.
Sound: The sound was presented in 5.1 Dolby Digital English or a French track and English, French, and Spanish subtitles. The vocals were very clear.
Extras: The audio commentary had Hugh Grant, Sandra Bullock and Director Marc Lawrence. It was a mixed bag with an occasional tidbit worthwhile but unless you're a complete fan, more of a pass. There was a deleted scenes section that was filler more than anything else. A branching feature that I couldn't get to work. Trailer for the show and the HBO behind the scenes feature for the movie which was pretty good. A filmography for the director and lead cast was included but too limited to be of much value.
Final Thoughts: If it sounds like I'm bagging on the movie, it's only because it wasn't as good as I expected. I've seen each of the leads do much better and the biggest problem is that there really didn't seem to be any chemistry between them. Without chemistry, the smaller details like how unbelievable it is for Grant to be in charge of a multibillion dollar company yet unable to handle ANY OTHER aspect of his life a bit far fetched (to be generous). The supporting cast did fine jobs but were so limited in what they were allowed to do (i.e.: air time), they couldn't elevate the movie beyond the flavor of the week nature that it was obviously going for. In all, I'll be generous some more and give this one a rating of Rental but that's only for lonely women looking for some fantasy in their lives along with the men they're dating.