Release year: 2009
Director: Anne Fletcher
Screenwriter: Pete Chiarelli
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Bullock, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, Betty White, Denis O’Hare, Malin Akerman, Oscar Nuñez
Ratings: 1 Golden Globe nomination: Best Actress Comedy/Musical (Sandra Bullock).
When bossy and tough Canadian editor Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) faces deportation due to an expired visa she forces her slave-like assistent Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her. Andrew must go home to Alaska to celebrate his grandma Annie’s birthday and since the INS is suspicious Margaret is forced to follow him to Alaska so he can convince his family he is engaged to the woman they all know he hates.
The highest grossing romantic comedy of 2009 uses a well-known pitch: a man and a woman despise each other, are forced together and start falling for each other. But The Proposal delivers some freshness to the story; not just is the succesful member of the couple the female, she is also the oldest of the two. Besides that, the mediocre script is brought to life with exceptional comic performances by both Bullock (While You Were Sleeping, 1995) and Reynolds (Just Friends, 2005) who, besides sharing a sizzling hot chemistry, deliver their lines with perfection and master both looks and physical comedy. There are also great turns from the support, with both Steenburgen (Step Brothers, 2008) and Nelson (The Family Stone, 2005) giving usual quality acting but especially noteworthy is a scene stealing performance by the eminent White (Lake Placid, 1999), who as Andrew’s grandmother is easily one of the best things in the movie. The movie delivers plenty of jokes and the irresistible mismatching of Reynolds and Bullock lifts this to highly entertaining.
In the movie Sandra Bullock plays a Canadian about to be deported while Ryan Reynolds plays and American. In real life Bullock is American and Reynolds is Canadian.
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