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The Proposal

A 2009 comedy movie directed by Anne Fletcher.

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Charming and Heart-Warming

  • May 30, 2010
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 Bullock is almost entirely associated with the rom-com genre, only now and again starring in other genre movies such as Speed, Demolition Man and the Oscar winning, Blind Side. She is an actress that can go both ways when it comes to her movie career; she can star in brilliant films such as the aforementioned Blind Side which she can earn herself an Oscar, but then go on to star in a truly terrible film such as All About Steve which won her, the night before the Oscars, a Worst actress Razzie Award.

Ryan Reynolds I'm biased in favour of as the majority of his films have been enjoyable to say the least. He's still an upcoming action movie legend and I can sincerely see him in 40 or 50 years time being given a lifetime achievement award for his roles in action, comedy and even horror. I remember first becoming familiar with Reynolds' acting through the TV show; Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place. I remember loving the comic timing and the sometimes straight faced ridiculousness of the character. These are traits are something that leak through to his movie performances and in The Proposal, that is no different which may explain why I enjoyed it as much as I did.

So the story tells of Executive Editor in Chief of a Book publishing company, Margaret Tate (Bullock) and her assistant Andrew Paxton (Reynolds). Tate is hated by almost everyone in the building and has a reputation of being a bit impossible to deal with. Margaret finds out that her immigration status has changed and she is to be deported back to Canada. As a last ditch attempt to remain in the country and keep her job she tells her bosses that her and her assistant are getting married and she holds him to ransom by saying that if he doesn't go through with it, she'll ruin his career. In order to convince the authorities it's legitimate, they take a trip to see Andrew's family for his grandmothers' (played by the adorable Betty White) birthday. While there, the farcical romance turns to reality as slowly the couple start to fall for each other whilst attempting to maintain that it's all for show and for the sake of the authorities and the advancement of their careers.

I really enjoyed it. Some bits were a bit over-the-top annoying silly such as Bullock and Betty White dancing to the song Get Low by Lil' Jon, but aside from that it was a charming piece of casual cinema that contained some real hearty chuckle moments. I would highly recommend that you watch this and stay clear of All About Steve as that film was just awful. 
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August 09, 2010
This is an excellent, in-depth review, Steveo. I especially like the information at the end about Sandra's other movies and different roles she's played. Thx for sharing.
July 04, 2010
Yeah I liked this one as well, and "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" is one of the best shows not on DVD for some reason. Loved that show.
May 30, 2010
Ok, I may have made a mistake in skipping this one, your review makes it seem really interesting. I like Bullock so I may as well peep this. Thanks, Steveo! Did you see that you're in this week's member spotlight?
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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 . July 04, 2009
 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, …
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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