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Two Weeks Notice (2002)

"Two Weeks Notice" (2002)
Directed by Marc Lawrence
Screenplay by Marc Lawrence

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Alicia Witt, Dana Ivey, Robert Klein, Heather Burns

MPAA Rating: PG-13
U.S. Box Office: $93,354,918
Production budget: $60,000,000

Sandra Bullock stars in the romantic comedy "Two Weeks Notice" as a "Lucy Kelson," a Harvard-educated attorney who finds herself working for a self-absorbed multi-millionaire real estate developer ("George Watt," played by Hugh Grant). After becoming exasperated by George's behavior and constant after-hours demands on her time, Lucy quits, offering him two weeks notice before she will permanently leave her job as chief legal counsel for George's company.

Lucy agrees to replace herself by finding an excellent attorney, which she seems to have done in the form of fellow Harvard Law School graduate "June Carter" (played by Alicia Witt). George casually invites Lucy to a gala benefit event his company is throwing in support of a children's medical center.

When June Carter (now the new chief counsel-in-training) mentions to Lucy that George invited her to the event, Lucy's growing jealousy of June peaks and she decides that she won't ride to the event with George, which is what had previously been planned. George's attendance at the event with the two lawyers who work for him (outgoing Lucy and incoming June Carter) and some others from his company was an extension of their professional work and not necessarily intended as an official "date," But Lucy apparently does not see it that way.

Before going to the big event, Lucy (Sandra Bullock) meets with her long-time best friend Meryl Brooks (played by actress Heather Burns). As the scene begins, Lucy has already recounted what happened and explained her decision to Meryl -- all off camera.

During this scene, Lucy (Sandra Bullock) makes a joking reference to the practice of polygamy in Utah. This, of course, is a rather stale joke, but it is also one of the most common sources of "humorous" references to Latter-day Saints in popular media. The Manifesto declaring plural marriage no longer valid within the Church was issued in 1890, so one could say that this joke is 112 years out of date.

This scene takes place 1 hour, 8 minutes after the beginning of the film. Below is the complete dialogue from this short scene:

Meryl Brooks (Heather Burns): You should have gone with George.

Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock): Well, he asked June.

Meryl (Heather Burns): Not exclusively. He asked you too.

Lucy (Sandra Bullock): He asked me too? How many women do you think a man should take to dinner? Maybe in Utah.

Meryl (Heather Burns): So you're gonna go alone?

Lucy (Sandra Bullock): Sure, why not?

Meryl (Heather Burns): Hey, I think it's great. I was always too scared to go anywhere alone. Then I got married. Now I'll never be alone again.

[NOTE: The dialogue above is an exact transcript from the film as it actually was released. Where there are discrepancies between our transcript and the optional English subtitles shown onscreen on the DVD, it is the transcript that is correct. Mistakes in the DVD subtitles are usually a result of presenting subtitles based on the shooting script rather than transcribing the audio track.]

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