Two Weeks Notice 

Genre: Romantic comedy

Opens: Now playing

The pitch: Sandra Bullock plays Lucy Kelson, a klutzy environmental lawyer who reluctantly agrees to work for her chief rival, millionaire developer George Wade (Hugh Grant), in exchange for the preservation of a community center. Enter sparks!

Money shots: In a nod to the movie's obvious influences, one chuckle-worthy sequence finds Bullock answering her cell phone in the middle of her Best Friend's Wedding, which turns her into the Runaway Bridesmaid.

Flesh factor: The ever-demure Bullock mostly keeps her clothes on, but Grant shows a surprising amount of skin, from a gratuitous towel sequence to a couple of random boxer sightings.

Celebrity cameos: Real estate mogul Donald Trump shows up near the end, along with the sadly wasted jazz chanteuse Norah Jones.

Cliches: Too many to count. A fun drinking game might involve doing a shot every time you spot something stolen from another romantic comedy, from the Pretty Woman premise to an ending lifted straight from Bridget Jones's Diary.

Crass humor: A bizarre blowjob joke, though one of the funnier sight gags, doesn't quite jibe with the rest of the movie. Equally odd is a set-up involving the overeating Lucy frantically searching for a bathroom in a traffic jam. Juvenile john jokes feel below even this bus wreck of a movie.

Best line: Comforting words from Lucy's friend, Meryl: "I've never seen you cry, except when Bush won."

Worst line: George, at a charity event for a hospital: "I think there are more to pediatrics than feet."

History repeats: This is Bullock's third collaboration with screenwriter Marc Lawrence, who wrote Miss Congeniality and Forces of Nature. If you were mildly annoyed by those movies, you're sure to loathe this one.

The bottom line: This by-the-book chick flick feels cribbed from a handful of better films, a sad statement considering those movies range from Legally Blonde to Notting Hill. Sandra Bullock's charm almost saves the day, but not quite. She trips through the film wishing she were Julia Roberts, hoping Hugh Grant won't notice the difference.

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