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Two Weeks Notice

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews, Romantic with tags , , , , , on July 3, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

A woman finds herself attempting to foil one office romance while debating if she should take a chance on another in this romantic comedy. Lucy Kelton (Sandra Bullock) is a top-flight attorney who has risen to the position of Chief Legal Counsel for one of New York’s leading commercial real estate firms, the Wade Corporation. However, Lucy’s job has one significant drawback — George Wade (Hugh Grant), the eccentric and remarkably self-centered head of the firm. George seems entirely incapable of making a decision without Lucy’s advice, whether it actually involves a legal matter or not, and while she’s fond of George, being at his beck and call 24 hours a day has brought her to the end of her rope. In a moment of anger, Lucy gives her two weeks notice, and George reluctantly accepts, under one condition — Lucy has to hire her own replacement. After extensive research, Lucy picks June Carter (Alicia Witt), a Harvard Law graduate determined to make a career for herself. Lucy soon begins to suspect, however, that June plans to hasten her rise up the corporate ladder by winning George’s hand, leaving Lucy to wonder if she should warn George about his beautiful but calculating new attorney — and whether she should tell George that she has finally realized she’s in love with him.

What people are saying:

“Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock basically play their patented movie selves in this overly familiar romantic comedy about corporate greed, social responsibility, personal promises and budding love.” 2 stars

“A familiar plot and typical Bullock flick. Woman intellect meets scatterbrain man, fall in love (neither one knows it), a falling out, and they supposedly live happily ever after. Grant always plays the somewhat down founded man and Bullock is always somewhat of dimwit. Also, there’s a cameo appearance (with a four-liner speech) by a certain billionaire, who could have been edited out and his appearance forgotten. Recommended to Bullock and Grant fans.” 3 stars

“Its only relevance is as a sign of its times. Really it’s no worse than Rock Hudson Doris Day movies, and maybe someday it will be misviewed as a classic as those movies are. There’s little pep to the proceedings, but plenty of star power.” 2 stars

“A rom com about a shallow and obscenely rich playboy (when he said he was calling for a lift, he meant his private helicopter) and a brainy cause-fighting attorney (she can rattle off names of General Counsels when suspected of concussion). Grant and Bullock deliver their cheeky wordplay (“I think you are the most selfish human being on the planet.” “Well that’s just silly. Have you met everybody on the planet?”) with impeccable comic timing and adorable chemistry.” 4 stars

“This is one of those rom-coms that does something unique: it actually gets you to care about the characters who are supposed to be together. The way this movie does it is by having these characters actually be good people, despite their differing ideologies, an achievement that is difficult enough to manage in real life, let alone in a movie. There aren’t any memorable lines, but the charm of both Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant is enough to make this movie worth watching.” 3 1/2 stars

Liar Liar

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2012 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

In Los Angeles, California Fletcher Reede (Jim Carrey) is a career-focused lawyer and divorced father. He loves spending time with his young son Max (Justin Cooper); they often play a game where Fletcher makes his hand into “the Claw” and pretends to chase Max with it. But Fletcher has a habit of giving precedence to his job, breaking promises to Max and his ex-wife Audrey (Maura Tierney), and then lying about the reasons. Fletcher’s compulsive lying has also built him a reputation as one of the best defense lawyers in the state of California as he is climbing the ladder in the firm for which he works. Ultimately, Fletcher misses his son’s fifth birthday party because he is having sex with his boss Miranda (Amanda Donohoe), in the hopes of making partner. Max makes a birthday wish that his father would be unable to tell a lie for an entire day — a wish that immediately becomes true.

Fletcher soon discovers, through a series of embarrassing incidents — such as when he tells Miranda that he has “had better” sex than he just did with her — that he is unable to lie, mislead, or even withhold a true answer. These incidents are inconvenient, as he is fighting a divorce case in court which, should he win, could be a huge boost to his career. His client is the self-centered, money grabbing Samantha Cole (Jennifer Tilly). His main witness is willing to commit perjury to win, but Fletcher discovers that he cannot even ask a question if he knows the answer will be a lie; during the case he even objects to himself when he tries to lie to get the desired information. Meanwhile, Audrey is planning to move to Boston with her new boyfriend Jerry (Cary Elwes), and decides that Max is going with them so that she can protect him from getting hurt by Fletcher.

Fletcher tries desperately to delay the case, even beating himself up, but he cannot conceal that he is able to continue, so the judge (Jason Bernard) insists that he does. Finally he realizes that his client had lied about her age and therefore had signed her prenuptial agreement while a minor, rendering it invalid. This allows him to win his case truthfully, but the repercussions become a catalyst to his understanding of what he himself is about to lose. Samantha who only cared about her ex-husband’s money, takes custody of her children purely so her ex-husband would be forced to continue paying her for child care and literally pulls the children out of the arms of their responsible and caring father. Fletcher then has a crisis of conscience and shouts at the judge to reverse the decision, and is taken to jail for contempt of court. Audrey refuses to pay his bail, which is eventually paid by his secretary Greta (Anne Haney), who forgives him for his earlier rude truth-tellings after hearing he “went all noble” in front of their firm’s senior partner.

Now recognizing his son Max as his highest priority, Fletcher struggles to keep him. He hurries to the airport, but Audrey and Max’s plane has already left the terminal. Desperate, he hijacks a mobile stairway and pursues the plane onto the runway. The plane finally stops, but Fletcher is injured. On his way to the hospital, he vows to his son to spend more time with him and never hurt him again. Even though the 24 hours of truth are up, Max knows he means it, and Audrey decides not to move to Boston with Jerry after all.

One year later, Fletcher and Audrey are celebrating Max’s birthday. The lights go off when Max blows out his birthday candles. When they go back on, Fletcher and Audrey are kissing. Fletcher asks Max if he wished for his mom and his dad to get back together and Max replies “No, I wished for roller blades!” The family seemingly returns to normal as Fletcher chases Audrey and Max around the house with “the Claw”.

REVIEW:

Comedians seem to have careers that ebb and flow. Look at Eddie Murphy…in the 80s, everyone wanted a piece of the guy, but the 90s slowed down for him, with the exception of a cople years where he was making family-friendly films, and then today he is a shadow of his former self, his best current work is behind the mic doing voice-work. Adam Sandler was hot in the 90s, but lately his films have been nothing more than a way for him to give his friends work. Jim Carrey’s career isn’t in that dire straits, but when you see his later films and compare them to his earlier stuff, such as Liar Liar, you have to wonder what happens to these comedians?

What is this about?

Lawyer Fletcher Reede’s (Jim Carrey) mendacious ways destroyed his marriage and alienated his son, Max (Justin Cooper). But when Max makes a birthday wish that magically comes true, Fletcher finds himself incapable of telling a lie for 24 hours. That’s great news for Max and his mom (Maura Tierney), but terrible timing for Fletcher, who’s due in court to try a major divorce case.

What did I like?

In Living Color. Like most of the world, I was first introduced to Jim Carrey when he was “the token white person” on In Living Color. He’s come a long way since those days, but this films shows that the same antics that made him so popular on that sketch comedy show translate just as well, if not better, on the big screen. Carrey is magical in his manic, comedic moments, and also shows he has the ability to tone it down and be serious when he needs to be for the more tender moments.

Love in the elevator. Krista Allen isn’t a household name, because she isn’t a big name actress, unless you are familiar with the Emmanuelle series of films. I haven’t seen any of then, but I have heard of them. Krista’s role as the girl in the elevator doesn’t have her doing much, but as a random hot chick with massive frontal appendages, for lack of a better term, she fits the bill perfectly.

Jennifer Tilly. While I am on the subject of massive frontal appendages, I have to mention Jennifer Tilly, who has hers on full display for all of her screen time. I half expected them to pop out at any second. Those couple of points aside, I did enjoy Tilly’s portrayal as the bitchy wife who wants a divorce. Yes, it is a bit of a departure for her, at least from the roles I’ve seen her in, but she works it.

What didn’t I like?

Wish in one hand and spit in the other. A little kid makes a wish for 24 hours and it comes true. Is it me, or have we seen this formula before? I can’t place it, but I know that someone has used this before. Best I can come up with is Big, but that’s not right. In any case, the kid wishing for his dad to quit lying is all good, but the wishing thing didn’t work for me. I think some sort of voodoo magic would have worked better, but that’s just me.

New guy. Most of the time, when we see a divorced couple, they are down each other’s throats. Making matters worse, if there is a new significant other, they try to keep them separated. That doesn’t seem to be the case here. These are very civil individuals, which is fine, except for the fact that, with the exception of one or two shots that Carrey makes, it seems as if they are all in a relationship together. I would have liked for there to have been at least a little animosity there, just so I didn’t feel like going into some kind of diabetic shock from watching them.

Bosslady. Carrey’s boss is the typical cold-hearted bitch one would expect in this type of flick. She even jumps his bones (and keeps him from his son’s party). What is my issue with her? After that encounter, she sort of fades into the background, other than introducing her boss. They built her up as if she were going to be some sort of primary antagonist, but it never fully played out.

Liar Liar is one of Carrey’s best films, as were all of his mid 90s films. As I said before, he gets the opportunity to show his comedic and dramatic acting chops, as well as do the physical stuff that have made him known to billions. Throw in a terrific supporting case and a decent story and that makes this film a great film for the whole family to enjoy!

4 out of 5 stars