Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA/Australia, 2002. Castle Rock Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Fortis Films. Screenplay by Marc Lawrence. Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs. Produced by Sandra Bullock. Music by John Powell. Production Design by Peter S. Larkin. Costume Design by Gary Jones. Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.
Star power overcomes a weak and choppy screenplay in this middling comedy that has some memorably funny moments. Sandra Bullock is excellent as a socially conscious civil rights-advocating lawyer who is hired by the head of an evil corporate giant (Hugh Grant) as his personal council. When the counselling ends up becoming phone calls in the middle of the night and helping him pick out which tie to wear with which shirt, Bullock decides she’s had enough and gives him her notice. However, when her airheaded replacement (Alicia Witt) shows up, she starts to think that maybe she isn’t as unattached to her former employer as she originally thought. He too is beginning to realize that life without her is completely unthinkable, and not just in a professional sense. Great premise, and there could be no better pairing in the world of comedy than these two fantastic stars (I actually think they should never make any movies with anyone else), but Marc Lawrence’s script is nowhere near the quality of his work on Miss Congeniality and his first-time direction falters frequently.