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Marc Lawrence, a writer for the 80s sitcom Family Ties who has since penned two vehicles for Sandra Bullock (Forces of Nature and Miss Congeniality), makes his directing debut with this dull and offensive corporate comedy about a raffish real estate mogul (Hugh Grant) who hires a left-wing activist (Bullock) as his personal attorney. Lawrence opens with the activist straddling a wrecking ball (in the days of WTO protests this is the best he can do?), then dishes out a series of comparably stale gags to synopsize her relationship with the millionaire until she gives notice. Some of the film's conservative satire is funny—in one throwaway bit, Bullock drops change into a homeless man's cup and ruins his coffee—yet Lawrence never charges to the left or the right, relying instead on the leads' screen personas to carry this bland comedy romance. Grant and Bullock fail to put across the tired dialogue, and many scenes seem ad-libbed—in desperation. 100 min.

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