The Proposal: Movie Review
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Craig T Nelson, Betty
White, Mary Steenburgen
Director: Anne Fletcher
The problem with doing an unoriginal story is how you do it anew.
The Proposal sees Sandra Bullock's uptight, bossy editor in chief Margaret
Tate (hated and feared by many in her office) facing an expired visa crisis.
Being a Canadian, she's looking at losing her job and deportation from the
USA unless she can find some way to stay in the country.
Enter her much put upon executive assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) who
has spent the last three years working for her, in the hope he'll become
Suddenly Andrew's facing a shotgun wedding if he wants that promotion - and
Margaret's facing a weekend away with the in laws in Alaska on an impromptu (but
necessary to beat immigration) fact finding mission.
And you'll never guess what happens next...
Except, to be honest, you probably will.
The Proposal is not a stunning - original - piece of cinema - but it never
sets out to be. It's a romantic comedy which has some funny moments but that's
about it as it's predictable throughout.
That said though, Bullock's Tate and Reynolds' Paxton have a good chemistry
on screen as their characters share an uneasy pact - however, the revelations
about them are easy to spot and the Paxton family tensions are completely
Bullock underplays the comic elements and situations to her credit- but
Reynolds is reduced to simply staring in disbelief at what's unfolding around
him (no doubt a view some of the audience could ascribe to)
Sitcom stalwarts Betty White (Golden Girls) and Oscar Nunez (The Office) make
the most of their parts and actually light up the screen with their antics -
Nunez's appearance in the post film credits is a highlight (and worth staying
When push comes to shove, depending on your mood, you'll either love or hate
The Proposal - but you will leave with a distinct feeling of déjà vu.