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The Proposal

A 2009 comedy movie directed by Anne Fletcher.

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Heres a proposal, more original content in these romantic comedies and it can make them better

  • Oct 4, 2010
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 after a problem.  The Proposal has all of this, and thanks to a few good jokes and good ensemble of actors, makes it worthwhile.

Sandra Bullock is Margret, a cold and efficent editor at a New York book firm and Ryan Reynolds is Andrew her long suffering assistant.  Margret has just fired an underling for botching a press interview with an author and shortly after hearing this learns her Visa has expired due to leaving the US and she risks deportation to Canada and losing her job. 

Margret much like the Grinch thought up a lie and thought one up quick, she says that Andrew is her fiance and the two plan on getting married.  Andrew says he isn't going through with it but Margret blackmails him with news that the fired underling will get HER job if she leaves and that will leave Andrew SOL in that situation.  Andrew agrees to go along on the condition that he get made an editor, even though immigration threatens a stiff fine and time in prison if they find out the ruse and immigration warns that interviews will be conducted with family and friends.  Margret and Andrew while en route to Alaska have 4 days to get to know each other.  Naturally some persnickityness ensues as Margret and Andrew get on each other's nerves, family members get in the way and ask them about each other and how they met, and of course misunderstandings such as how Grammy refers to Margret as an Ice Princess from what she heard in talks with Andrew over the years.  You get the drill.  You should also know that inspite of everything that goes on, Margret and Andrew will start to get close and love each other bit by bit. 

This was one thing that got to me.  Margret and Andrew are in hot water if this doesn't work out, so WHY don't they work together better, stop bickering and try and get the jokes out of what they find out about each other?  Yeah, they do this a little bit but not enough.

I must admit there were a few funny moments with my favorite having Margret being told not to leave the door open so that a small dog the size of a Christmas Turkey doesn't get outside and taken away by hawks.  Sure enough this happens but when Margret rescues the dog, her phone gets taken away instead.  Margret's running around the front of the house waving a tiny dog around is rather funny.  A couple more moments like this really would have bumped up the movie's comedy factor for me.

The thing that I liked and really responded to was Sandra Bullock's performance in this.  Shes a rather sheltered woman when it comes to being around people since her parents died and her job takes over her life.  Seeing Andrew's family take such a loving interest in her with the attention she gets and the care the family gives her genuinely touches her and she even says that she forgot what it felt like.  It is what leads her to embarass herself later on, but while it lasts you can tell that something was there....SOMETHING really good could have been pulled out of this movie for a stronger feeling.  Andrew in his own moment feels real remorse when he finally gets that pang from his conscience that he's lying to his family.  This was some good stuff here.  Sandra and Ryan do work well together.  Maybe they can make more movies together.

The Proposal otherwise doesn't break new ground on "rom coms" and it was still predictable but there are some jokes and some feelings that for me anyway rose it above similar works.  Works, must be why it's called formula.
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October 05, 2010
I actually try to avoid 'rom coms' for the reasons that you specified in your opening paragraph. There are a few that I truly enjoyed because of its unpredictability and deliveries. Maybe I'll take a look on this movie sometime soon; I've avoided this before but you're the 3rd reviewer who says that it is worthwhile. Thanks!
October 05, 2010
I'm not the biggest rom com person either though I can watch them if they're on. I like Sandra and this movie got a lot of buzz when it was released so I did want to see if it was any good, and it wasn't bad.
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review by . May 30, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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
posted in Movie Hype
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 . 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
posted in Movie Hype
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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