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Two Weeks Notice

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sex-related humor.

…Bland… Sexual situations and references and fleeting drunkenness…
—Tidings Online
…3 sexual references… 4 mild obscenities, 10 religious exclamations…
…while amiable enough, the script is rarely laugh-out-loud funny… a fun ride…
—Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun
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Primary Audience:
Teens Adults
Romance Comedy
1 hr. 40 min.
Year of Release:
Hugh Grant in “Two Weeks Notice”

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Alicia Witt, Mark Feuerstein, Robert Klein | Directed by: Marc Lawrence (II), Marc Lawrence | Produced by: Sandra Bullock, Marc Lawrence, Mary McLaglen | Written by: Marc Lawrence (II), Marc Lawrence | Distributor: Warner Brothers

Viewer Comments
Comments below:
Positive—A fun but forgettable chick flick. Nothing too offensive, and some enjoyable moments. Could wait for rental though.
My Ratings: [Average / 3½]
—Todd Adams, age 35
Positive—I give this movie 3½ points because it isn’t of remarkable artistic merit. But the acting was good. An okay little romantic comedy with some amusing themes and moments. But it’s Sandra Bullock’s movie. She is a very funny very skillful comedic actress. There was one really hilarious scene—I laughed out loud. If you like her, the movie is worth seeing.
My Ratings: [Average / 3½]
Halyna Barannik
Neutral—I just saw the film today and needless to say, it was a fine piece of work, nothing special. It’s your average chick-flick, with light sexual content and innuendoes here and there, a muffled cuss word, but other than that, it’s fine. Makes a great date movie or a flick for a girls’ night out. Grant and Bullock are great in their roles, with Hugh Grant being the sole reason for me seeing this film because I got to admit, he’s really cute.
My Ratings: [Average / 3]
—Shannon Hammell, age 21
Neutral—The female lead character is hilarious; made me laugh several times. Primarily pure entertainment. Plot is weak, somewhat stupid in places.
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 3½]
—Kay, age 47
Negative—Although the movie was only slightly objectionable, it was very slow-moving and lacked some substance. It had its handful of giggles and simple amusements, but definitely not worth the money.
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 1½]
—Graden, age 19
Negative—Although Grant and Bullock both perform typically well in making this standard-formula romantic comedy work, the film does fail the Phil 4:8 test. It makes light of things which God abhors, such as divorce and fornication, and romanticizes the folly of a person entering into a relationship with someone with a track record of unfaithfulness and failure in his previous relationships. Not a good start! Granted(!), he doesn’t take advantage of her when she is drunk, but let’s not overlook this: she is drunk! I couldn’t recommend the film. Entertaining it may be, but edifying it is not.
My Ratings: [Average / 3]
—Brett Christensen, age 39
Negative—I, too, was very disappointed in this movie, and I’m surprised more of your contributors weren’t. Like the other negative commentor, I think Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant are great comedic actors. And their performances were fine.--It was the script and story line itself that were disappointing. The main characters put a lot of stock in their sexual activity.--Whether it was shown on the screen or not, that didn’t make me like the characters any better. The male lead (Hugh Grant) was a total rogue whose transformation was weakly handled. --As a viewer, I didn’t witness much of his “redemption.” The movie never really “drew” me in. --Never engrossed me. I was always waiting to get involved, but it never happened, and I left the theater feeling like I’d wasted time and money.

Lastly, the Sandra Bullock character was highly political and pretty much asserted the idea that if you are a thinking, caring person, you have to be a liberal Democrat.--No appeal there, either. I went to this movie as a date with my husband (who does enjoy a decent romantic comedy—but not this one). I was also previewing it to see if it was suitable for my 14-year-old daughter, and decided it was NOT.
My Ratings: [Average / 2]
—Arlene, age 47
Negative—My daughter and I picked this movie for our annual between-Christmas-and-NewYear’s-chick-flick outing. We were terribly disappointed, and we are both Sandra Bullock fans. I thought the movie was dull and the plot development was so poor that it was not believable that these two would end up together. They appeared to go from contempt to “love” overnight. The chemistry between them was so inadequate that I didn’t care whether they ended up together or not.
My Ratings: [Average / 1]
—Mary, age 49
Comments from young people
Positive—I think this movie was very funny and entertaining! I enjoyed it very much. The humor was mostly sexual humor which may offend some, but I think that the story was very sweet. I loved the ending and Hugh Grant was so hilarious! It was mostly a clean movie other than a few brief things that were not very bad anyway. It made me feel good when I left the theater which is a major plus! I would go see it again!
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 3½]
—Jolene, age 18
Positive—This movie was really enjoyable and I thought pretty clean. Positives: funny, romantic, no sex scenes, not much bad language and not too chick-flicky (guys will enjoy it too). Negatives: a coupla swear words, an instance where a girl was drunk and talking about how good she is in bed, a scene midway through a game of “strip chess,” a girl refers to having sex with a coupla guys (but she didn’t) and that’s about it.

Maybe I make it sound bad, but the negative aspects of this movie were more “the exception—not the rule.” Yes, this falls under the “chick flick” category: they end up “in love” and I guess live happily ever after. Unfortunately, you don’t get to see the characters’ love really develop on screen… so when they profess their love for each other in the end, it’s easy to forget that this movie takes place over 2 yr or so.

That aside, I really liked the fact that the lead characters did not sleep together (and that he didn’t take advantage of her when she was drunk)--I think a subtle theme in this movie is Respect. Rent this movie if you want to save your money, but if you’re considering seeing it in the theater, go ahead… and enjoy!
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 3]
—Albie, age 18
Positive—I think that this movie was better than most of the romantic comedies that have come out in the past. There are some sexual references… George is known for his reputation with women, but it also had some good points. Sandra’s character, Lucy, proved that you don’t have to give sexual favors to succeed in the business world. I would recommend this movie. It had some humorous scenes and the chemistry between Bullock and Grant is great. I give this movie a one thumb up.
My Ratings: [Average / 3]
—Heidi, age 18
Positive—I went and saw this movie with one of my friends, and we both just loved it. Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant have a special something where they can play well off of each other. Hugh Grant has a charming character that he plays, and Sandra Bullock plays her usual easy-to-love character. There was a scene where two characters are playing strip chess, but nothing is seen. In fact, I see more when I go to the pool. There is barely any language, and I found nothing else objectionable. I say it is definitely worth your time and money to see it in theaters. I myself, am planning to buy it when it comes on dvd.
My Ratings: [Average / 4½]
—Kate, age 16
Positive—I’ve seen Two Weeks Notice twice already and wouldn’t mind seeing it again. It is a wonderful romantic comedy. Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant do an excellent job, and it’s hilarious. Some sexual references, not much language at all that I can remember. It was a very good movie that will make you smile.
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 4½]
—Kaley, age 16
Positive—I went to see this flick with my sister, and although neither of us thought it was a profoundly impacting experience, we had a very good time. Two Weeks Notice was admittedly funny and would have been even without the sex humor. Sandra Bullock was her typical careless tomboyish self, as was Hugh Grant his typical “admittedly snobbish and proud of it” self. The two had fairly good chemistry on screen. I did find some of the humor a little bit uncomfortable, especially watching it with a girl. Overall, this was an enjoyable watch if you like somewhat dumb romantic comedies.
My Ratings: [Average / 3]
—Joe, age 16
Positive—I enjoyed this movie and can’t wait to see it again!! The movie had a well developed plot and had a really good ending! My friends and I all loved this movie!
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 4]
—Caillee Bailey, age 15
Positive—I enjoyed this movie a lot. It was humorous and not very vulgar. It was nice for a change, because unlike most PG-13 movies, this one didn’t force sex upon you. There were no sexual scenes, only a part where 2 people were playing “strip chess,” but it didn’t show anything, and nothing happened. This movie was cute and romantic and I recommend it to teens mostly.
My Ratings: [Average / 4]
—Nicole, age 15