Culture: Star Quality Which Is There to Notice; New to Rent: Damon Smith Looks at the Latest Releases on DVD and Video TWO WEEKS NOTICE (Cert 15, 114 Mins). Comedy/Romance. Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Alicia Witt, Dana Ivey, Robert Klein, Heather Burns

The Birmingham Post (England), September 1, 2003 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Culture: Star Quality Which Is There to Notice; New to Rent: Damon Smith Looks at the Latest Releases on DVD and Video TWO WEEKS NOTICE (Cert 15, 114 Mins). Comedy/Romance. Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Alicia Witt, Dana Ivey, Robert Klein, Heather Burns


Byline: Damon Smith

Brilliant and fiercely-independent lawyer Lucy Kelson (Bullock) is a staunch advocate for the environment. After her latest run-in with the authorities, Lucy reluctantly accepts a job working for Donald Trump-like billionaire playboy George Wade (Grant) in the hope of implementing sweeping environmental policies at his real estate development company.

After a few months in the job, Lucy realises she is little more than George's servant so, she hands in her notice.

As Lucy's final day of employment at Wade Industries approaches, she and the previously self-obsessed George begin to realise how much they mean to each other. Cue the gushy music.

Director Marc Lawrence, who co-wrote the infinitely superior Miss Congeniality, reunites with leading lady Bullock on this lightweight romantic comedy of errors, which has its fair share of one-liners and slapstick.

Bullock and Grant are an attractive and flirtatious pairing and they breathe life into the formulaic and predictable screenplay. And the charm and good humour of the pair ensures we root for Lucy and George to find their ways into each others' arms. Rent it if: You're a sucker for a cheesy romantic comedy and Grant's bumbling Englishman routine. Also available to buy, pounds 12.99.

THE MAGDALENE SISTERS (Cert 15, 114 mins).

Drama. Nora-Jane Noone, Anne-Marie Duff, Dorothy Duffy, Geraldine McEwan, Eileen Walsh, Mary Murray, Francis Healy.

Actor-director Peter Mullan (Orphans) remains behind the camera for this brutal and uncompromising feature about the experiences of a group of young women sent to the Irish Catholic convent-turnedasylum at Magdalene during the 60s.

Families dispatched their daughters to the convent to atone for their 'sins' -having an illegitimate child or harbouring illicit thoughts about the opposite sex.

Despite physical and mental abuse from the nuns, the young women refused to give in to their ordeal, concocting elaborate escape plans to take them away from the oppressive air of Magdalene.

Anne-Marie Duff, Nora-Jane Noone, Dorothy Duffy and Eileen Walsh deliver heart-breaking, powerhouse performances as four girls battling against the sadistic beatings of the nuns, led by the imperious Sister Bridget (a terrifying supporting turn from McEwan).

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Culture: Star Quality Which Is There to Notice; New to Rent: Damon Smith Looks at the Latest Releases on DVD and Video TWO WEEKS NOTICE (Cert 15, 114 Mins). Comedy/Romance. Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Alicia Witt, Dana Ivey, Robert Klein, Heather Burns
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?