CAST

Sandra Bullock
Hugh Grant
Alicia Witt
Robert Klein
Dana Ivey
Heather Burns
David Haig
Dorian Missick
DIRECTED BY

Marc Lawrence
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"I own the hotel and live there. So you can pretty much say that my life is like Monopoly."
Time: 100 mins.
Rating: PG-13
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Genre: Romantic Comedy
While not exactly the most original romantic comedy, this film at least delivers on the genre's promise to be sweet, funny and heartfelt. All the credit goes to the casting of Grant and Bullock, both experts in their field, playing characters written perfectly for them. Neither of them stretches their comic muscles in the least, but they hit all the right notes, which makes for an enjoyable, if not exactly memorable trip to the cinema. Grant plays his umpteenth version of a charming cad and still manages to bring some fresh emotion and wit to the role. Bullock has the less enviable task of making her uncompromising, civic-minded lawyer, not only funny, but someone to root for as well. For most of the film, Grant is so selfish and unthoughtful, you can't help but feel that Bullock would be better off without him. However, despite their obvious differences, they make an honest connection that preempts any sane reason for her departure. Besides, the script says they have to end up living happily ever after and by the final reel they make you believe they should.

Lucy (Bullock) is a lawyer who cares about her community and is desperately trying to stop developers from tearing down historical buildings to replace them with high rises. George Wade (Grant) is the playboy figurehead of one of Manhattan's biggest real estate builders. Their first meeting does not exactly go as planned. Lucy gets George to promise to leave her Coney Island neighborhood community center alone when they develop the area, which satisfies her agenda. However, she also agrees to be Wade's new corporate attorney, which solves George's problem, but places her in the pocket of her sworn moral enemies. Her parents are very unhappy with her defection to corporate America, but George promises Lucy she'll be in charge of all their philanthropic efforts, which should help her sleep better at night. Unfortunately, all her competence gets her is a constant stream of supposedly urgent phone calls from a boss who's become addicted to her rational solutions on everything from women to mattresses.

When she tries to quit, his self-absorbed ways become even more apparent when he refuses to let her go, ruining her future in real estate law. He finally agrees to accept her resignation, as long as she finds someone suitable to replace her. The hiring of an attractive, young, go-getter (Witt) exposes insecurities and emotions neither one of them expected. Love is in the air; however, George's refusal to be accountable for his promises drives a wedge between the couple only one course of action will mend. Needless to say, George discovers that he's finally found his moral compass and that she's a smart, saucy brunette who refuses to compromise, even in the face of true love. It's the chemistry between Grant and Bullock that makes this simple story work. What keeps the film from being a home run is the lack of any sexual tension between the two. There's no doubt that they are different sides of the same coin, but the flame of lust is never lit. Kind of an issue in a story about finding love. Thankfully, they're funny together, so you won't really care. I would definitely pay to see them paired onscreen again, though as friends, not lovers. If you're a fan of either actor, than check this one out. It's clever, believable, amusing and intelligently written. Qualities not often found these days at the cinema.