Apr 2, 2010

The Proposal Review

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Sandra Bullock plays Margaret Tate, a cold hearted, witchy, Canadian business-woman working out of New York for a publishing company. Her Visa expires and she has to either get married or lose her job as she is deported to Canada for one full year. In a light-bulb moment, Margaret Tate announces she's engaged to her whipped assistant, Andrew Paxton played by Ryan Reynolds. Sensing he has some leverage, Andrew Paxton agrees to the business deal in exchange for a well-earned promotion and publishing of his own manuscript. But immigration fraud isn't so easy, as they'll quickly discover from their hounding immigration officer.

About 95% of the movie is entirely predictable, but it wasn't necessarily bad because of it. You knew the ending ahead of time but if any ending were to occur, you would have felt cheated. Something else that stood out is, dang, the lead actors are a hot couple. Reynolds will have the ladies drooling and Bullock is a bonafide cougar. And brief duel-nude scene? You bet!

My Highlights:
Both my highlights involve Margaret Tate being so adorably out of touch with today's music. From adoring the song "It Takes Two" by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, to dancing to "Get Low" by Lil Jon and The Ying Yang Twins.

Overall Rating:
I don't agree with the poster's claim that this movie is the best comedy of 2009, especially because just shortly before this release we had I Love You Man, and The Hangover. But this was a great romantic comedy. It didn't re-invent the wheel but it took the basic format we've all seen a million times and hit every scene perfectly. There was nothing I can find to complain about minus the lack of surprise/originality. So my overall rating for the film is 4 1/4 *'s out of 5, or 8 1/2 *'s out of 10.

When You Should See It:
Romantic-Comedies in general aren't for everyone, but this one specifically feels best for watching with someone you've been dating/mutually in love with for quite a while. It's not a first-date movie. It's more of an inspiration to why you shouldn't try and rush marriage.

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