Monday, October 19, 2009
When a high-powered book editor faces deportation to her native Canada, the quick-thinking exec declares that she's actually engaged to her unsuspecting put-upon assistant, who she's tormented for years. He agrees to participate in the charade but he has a few demands of his own. The unlikely couple heads to Alaska to meet his quirky family. With an impromptu wedding in the works and an immigration official on their tails, Margaret and Andrew reluctantly vow to stick to the plan despite the precarious consequences.
THE PROPOSAL was not as bad as I was expecting it to be. I began watching with very low expectations only to find out that I was enjoying the flick. Sadly, Sandra Bullock's character is not the one that makes this film work. She does however play a very convincing witch. I believe this type of character is a first for her which was cool to see, but IMHO even though these types of movies are her bread and butter it's time to see Sandra do something else. What makes THE PROPOSAL work is the comedic talent of Ryan Reynolds and Bettie White. Ryan is already a established movie star and films that make quick and easy millions like THE PROPOSAL will only help him to become a mega movie star, which is a good thing.
Not much else to say about this sub standard romantic comedy except that I did happen to like the role reversal between the two leads, it's subtle but watch for it. The small cameo role of the jack-of-all-trades of the small town played by Oscar from the television show THE OFFICE is priceless.
THE PROPOSAL gets a C-, Enjoy!