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The Proposal

A 2009 comedy movie directed by Anne Fletcher.

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"Let's do it!"

  • Jul 4, 2009
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 There may be nothing new under the sun in romantic comedies, but if this is your genre, there is lots of fun to be had in "The Proposal." Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds have a slight implausibility issue as a couple but they make the most of the clever script and as you knew it would, it all turns out happy in the end. 

Bullock plays Margaret Tate, a harpy of a boss in a New York publishing firm. Reynolds is Andrew Paxton, her baby-boy secretary, a young man with brains and aspirations who puts up with her controlling ways for the sake of his career and his writing prospects. Margaret is Canadian and has been ignoring routine Immigration Service requirements; suddenly she is about to be deported and she announces in front of a stunned Andrew that they are going to be married. Andrew finds his backbone and sets conditions--the first being a trip to his home in Alaska for his grannie's 90th birthday party. 

Mary Steenburgen and Craig T Nelson play Andrew's parents. Along with the irrepressible Betty White (playing "Gammie"), they decide that a wedding the very next day would be just the thing. And perhaps it would be, but for the Elliott Ness-style immigration agent turning up at the family compound. And of course all the family love makes hard-bitten Margaret re-think the deal. 

Oh, you can guess how the gags go, but that doesn't make it any less fun. Margaret is lost without phone and computer. There are boats and scenery, and the Alaskan midnight sun, and the family popping in and out of the bedroom while Andrew is trying to sleep on the floor. Betty White puts on a cape to dance and chant in front of a fire, luring Margaret to join her for a spontaneous sexy rap. In a killingly funny scene, "the girls" take Margaret out to see a local stripper named Ramone (Oscar Nunez) who later turns out to be a shop owner and marriage celebrant. Altogether a funny, heartwarming romp. 

Bullock and Ryan have great timing and delivery; the supporting cast is stellar; and the scenery pleases without being obtrusive. As an example of its genre, "The Proposal" convinced me that it deserves five stars. Go on, you'll come out of the theater smiling and isn't that worth five stars? 

PG 13, a little bit of nudity and some language. 

Linda Bulger, 2009

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July 04, 2009
romantic comedies aren't my thing but you made a great convincing arguement that the movie is a must-watch! I will put it in my netflix list! Thanks for the review!
 
July 04, 2009
nice, you make me want to watch it
 
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review by . May 30, 2010
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Charming and Heart-Warming
I'm not much a fan of the rom-com genre, but I do have a place in my heart for both Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. I have only recently viewed this and had very high hopes due to the glowing reviews that have surrounded it, and I must say, I found it to be rather enjoyable. The film follows a fairly cliché plot line; man hates woman; woman is insufferable; man gets to know woman; woman gets to know man; they both fall in love and live happily ever after.      Sandra …
review by . July 15, 2010
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Sandra Bullock is one of my favorite female stars, so it was no surprise that she gave a fine performance as Margaret in The Proposal (Single Disc Widescreen). She's a lovely, likable person in real life and was perfect casting for this role of a New York editor who blackmails her assistant (Andrew, played by Ryan Reynolds) into proposing to her so she can avoid deportation to Canada. Turn-about being fair play, he then blackmails her for a promotion. Although she's a workaholic and a demanding …
review by . October 04, 2010
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Heres a proposal, more original content in these romantic comedies and it can make them better
Theres a lot of romantic comedies out there and much like James Bond movies they follow a pretty predictable formula.  Two opposites attract for one reason or another.  Put an old flame in the middle, a non violent antagonist to attempt to break them up, have some comic relief in the form of a sidekick or an older woman, parents who can be a mix of sweet and doting or scrutinizing and hard to sell and an embarrassing reveal which will usually lead to the pair getting back together again …
review by . December 12, 2009
   Anyone who has seen Greencard or any other movie where the main characters are at odds and forced together, can pretty much figure out the direction of this movie.  That doesn't mean it is fun nonetheless.  Bullock plays a tough New York book editor (Margaret) that has the whole office cringing in fear of her.  Reynolds plays her pandering assistant (Andrew) who will do anything to be promoted to editor and get his book published.      Though Andrew …
review by . February 17, 2010
Marry me!
Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock), a high-powered and much disliked editor, is facing deportation back to Canada unless she can force her assistant (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her in a hurry. He reluctantly agrees and takes her to Alaska to meet his family which includes his 90-year old grandmother (Betty White).      I liked this movie a lot. Bullock is talented, mature, and naturally funny and Reynolds is very likable. On the down side, Bullock almost looks old enough to be his mother …
review by . October 13, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
I like Sandra Bullock, but this movie didn't do much for me. It has some funny scenes, but overall isn't that funny. The who tyrannical boss - obsequious assistant dynamic just doesn't translate well into a love story. The fact that Bullock is an immigrant is almost forgotten. Unlike the excellent Green Card, The Proposal never really plays up any cultural differences because, well, Bullock's character is Canadian. This is a shame.    Overall, one is left with too many unbelievable …
Quick Tip by . July 30, 2010
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I thought Bullock was simply unbelievable as a tyrantical boss, and therefore the movie just flopped.
review by . June 14, 2009
Romantic comedy junkies are in for a treat. As a Bullock fan I couldn't resist the sneak preview of The Proposal. Even after the first five minutes of the film were soundless due to technical issues in my theater, I have to say it's one of the best films romantic comedies I've seen in quite some time.       Ryan Reynolds doesn't need words to act, his eyes and facial expressions make his thoughts loud and clear. Are there more expressive eyes in Hollywood? And sarcasm, oh, there …
Quick Tip by . June 09, 2010
Sandra Bullock at her best!
Quick Tip by . May 31, 2010
Cute, sweet romance
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Rom-com favorite Sandra Bullock and the affably charming Ryan Reynolds’s superb chemistry turnThe Proposalfrom otherwise standard romantic-comedy fare to one that is entertaining and sure to garner laughs. Margaret (Sandra Bullock) is a workaholic, tyrannical book editor (reminiscent ofThe Devil Wears Prada) who suddenly finds her career in jeopardy as she faces deportation back to Canada. Her solution is to simply fake an engagement to her unsuspecting assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds), who in turn blackmails her for a promotion. However, when Margaret is forced to head to Alaska with Andrew to visit his family in an effort to make their story believable to the deportation officers, they soon realize that their plan may not be so simple after all. The supporting cast of Dad (Craig T. Nelson), Mom (Mary Steenburgen), and kooky Grandma (Betty White, still a scene-stealer at 87) is great casting that makes for many amusing scenes. Bottom line: witty Reynolds and Bullock are perfect sparring partners for each other and not half bad to look at either. --Lisanne Chastain

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Director: Anne Fletcher
Release Date: 19 June 2009 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009
Runtime: 108 minutes
Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
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