The Proposal – 2009 – English
Film directed in 2009 by Anne Fletcher, and starring Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Malin Akerman, Craig T. Nelson, Mary Steenburgen, Betty White, Denis O’Hare, Oscar Nuñez, Aasif Mandvi, Michael Nouri, Gregg Edelman…
Synopsis: Margaret (Sandra Bullock), a famous and influential editor from New York, due to a problem with her visa, is about to be deported to Canada, her native country. To avoid this, the astute executive declares that she is engaged to her young assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds), whom she has subjected to all sorts of humiliations for years.
Andrew is willing to participate in the charade, but with some conditions. Thus, both travel to Alaska so that Margaret meets his peculiar family, while an immigration agent follows in the couple’s footsteps, suspecting that the arrogant executive prepares a bond of convenience.
Review: Mean, evil New York book editor Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) is going to be sent back to Canada because her Visa has expired. She orders her assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) to act like he’s her boyfriend and has proposed to her. Naturally he hates her but goes along with it. They then go to Alaska to celebrate the 90th birthday of Andrew’s Grandma Annie (Betty White). Three guesses what happens.
Utterly predictable in terms of plot but this works beautifully! Bullock and Reynolds are both great actors, are incredibly good-looking and play off each other well (it helps that they’re friends in real life). Reynolds downplays his role nicely and Bullock plays her part perfectly. They’re helped by a script that is predictable but VERY funny. A sequence between Bullock, an eagle and an adorable little dog is hysterical! There’s a strong supporting cast doing wonderfully–White is great as always and Mary Steenburgen is excellent as Reynold’s mother. Oscar Nunez is great in multiple roles! Only Craig T. Nelson disappoints as Reynold’s father.
This is a chick flick that is utterly predictable but works every step of the way. Well done and entertaining.