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The Proposal

Released: 2009

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 1 hr 47 min

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Director: Anne Fletcher

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds

When she’s threatened with deportation, a tyrannical book editor fakes a marriage proposal. Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds star in this light romantic-comedy.

Perfectly pleasant, entirely forgettable romcom.

Review by: MiamiMovieCritic

Added: 10 years ago

The Proposal is a perfectly pleasant, entirely forgettable romcom about an icy business lady named Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) who gets involved in a fake marriage proposal. She's from Canada, you see, and will get deported (and therefore lose her coveted job at a New York publishing house) if she doesn't come up with a plan fast. Her solution is to blackmail her assistant, Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds), into marrying her.

The catch is that they have to prove their marriage isn't a sham, all under the watchful eye of a relentless government enforcer (hilariously played by Denis O'Hare). This involves visiting Andrew's family in Sitka, Alaska and pretending to be a happy couple. Of course, Andrew has his own problems in Sitka; he left behind some big family responsibilities when he moved to the Big Apple, which his father (Craig T. Nelson, aka Coach) wants him to make good on.

Okay, so the movie doesn't exactly thrive on originality, but it's the delivery that counts. At 44, Bullock can still sparkle with the best of them, and Reynolds builds on the screen presence he established earlier this year in the wonderful Adventureland. These two go good together, and they're both nowhere near as funny as Betty White, who plays Andrew's eccentric grandmother. Whether she's cutting Margaret down to size or "giving thanks" in a bizarre dance ritual in the woods, White steals the show in what has to be one of her last major screen roles.

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