Two Weeks Notice is one of those films that I always watch when I catch it on TV, even though I have it on DVD. It’s a great film to have on in the background and also one of those films you can enjoy at a really basic level when you need some good old fashioned escapism. I can quote it almost word for word because I’ve seen it at least ten times but I still enjoy it to the same degree with each subsequent viewing. And why, I hear you ask? I reckon it’s the winning combination of a hilarious Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant.
Sandra Bullock plays Lucy, an idealistic lawyer who thinks that the best way to get Hugh Grant’s George Wade to stop ‘paving paradise’ is to start from the inside and takes a job on his legal team. But when she ends up working ridiculous hours and taking on projects that are beyond her job description, she decides to hand in her titular two weeks notice and look for a job elsewhere. Unfortunately for Lucy, she’s indispensable to George and he makes it difficult for her to move on, in more ways than one.
Until Bridget Jones’ Diary, Hugh Grant was best known for playing bumbling British losers who were unlucky in love but still managed to get the girl. With Two Weeks Notice, he’s still a far cry from bad boy Daniel Cleaver, but he’s also a much more attractive and better written male lead.
The film is quite reminiscent of the classic battle of the sexes rom-coms, starring Katharine Hepburn and her great sparring partners, Spencer Tracey and Cary Grant. The only problem being that Sandy B gets most of the laughs. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as she’s a fantastic comedic actress but it can, at times, seem a bit one-sided. With a great rom-com, you need equal parts romance and comedy and for both leads to bring it.
Another thing that’s great about this film is that it’s a rom-com featuring an independent woman who is career driven and doesn’t need a man to make her happy. Of course she wants someone to share her life with, most of us do, but that isn’t what completes her and isn’t what drives the narrative. How refreshing!