THE PROPOSAL as written by Pete Chiarelli and directed by Anne Fletcher looks on the surface (posters, promos. trailer) like yet another version of tough woman manipulates subservient guy in a toss that ends up in a role reversal. And in many ways that is what this film is about: hard-as-rocks but beautiful editor Margaret (Sandra Bullock) verbally abuses her assistant, wannabe author Andrew (Ryan Reynolds), until her employers discover her visa is expired and she is to be deported to her native Canada. A fast thought drives her to claim that she and Andrew are engaged in a ploy to avoid deportation. Shocked at first, Andrew decides to make this ultimate blow to his ego work for him and takes Margaret to his home in Sitka, Alaska to meet his family - mother (Mary Steenburgen), father (Craig T. Nelson) and wildly alive grandmother (Betty White) - where Margaret must play the charade. Of course in the beauty of Alaska and under the influence of the warmth of a family Margaret never had, the expected magic happens and ... you know the rest.
Sandra Bullock is good and creates a solid character, but it is Ryan Reynolds who proves his chops as one of the best comedic actors on the screen today. It is a fun outing. Whether or not it deserves the Golden Globe attention mush less Oscar attention is up for question, but it is a pleasant diversion for some very fine comedians. Grady Harp, January 10
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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, … more
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 … more
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 … more
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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