The Proposal (Single-Disc Edition)
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Sandra Bullock is at her funniest in the fresh, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy THE PROPOSAL. On the verge of being deported and losing the high-powered job she lives for, the controlling Margaret announces she's engaged to her unsuspecting, put-upon assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds). After proposing a few demands of his own, the mismatched couple heads to Alaska where they have four short days to convince his quirky family and a very skeptical immigration agent that their charade is real. Featuring a star-studded supporting cast, including Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson and the delightfully inappropriate Betty White, this madcap comedy will have you saying "yes" to THE PROPOSAL again and again.
Rom-com favorite Sandra Bullock and the affably charming Ryan Reynolds’s superb chemistry turn The Proposal from otherwise standard romantic-comedy fare to one that is entertaining and sure to garner laughs. Margaret (Sandra Bullock) is a workaholic, tyrannical book editor (reminiscent of The Devil Wears Prada) who suddenly finds her career in jeopardy as she faces deportation back to Canada. Her solution is to simply fake an engagement to her unsuspecting assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds), who in turn blackmails her for a promotion. However, when Margaret is forced to head to Alaska with Andrew to visit his family in an effort to make their story believable to the deportation officers, they soon realize that their plan may not be so simple after all. The supporting cast of Dad (Craig T. Nelson), Mom (Mary Steenburgen), and kooky Grandma (Betty White, still a scene-stealer at 87) is great casting that makes for many amusing scenes. Bottom line: witty Reynolds and Bullock are perfect sparring partners for each other and not half bad to look at either. --Lisanne Chastain
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- Feature Audio Commentary -- With Director Anne Fletcher And Writer Peter Chiarelli
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They must face a huge house party together congratulating the happy couple once they arrive in Sitka far from land and at their island home. The party goers love Andrew and want all of the details of how they fell in love to try to convince everyone on that island that they are ready for marriage. From sharing a bedroom at his parent's home as his mother and Gammie believe this is where they should sleep, to dragging Margaret and all of the girls off to a surprise bachelorette party... Keep your eye on the male stripper from the Very Beginning of their Day in Sitka right on through to the end of the film. From boat rides when Margaret cannot swim to letting his family's new puppy get outside to be carried away by an eagle only to be saved by Margaret's cell phone. From blankets to even Easter Egg Hunts. The laughs just keep coming at you. Gammie may just be onto something going on getting a 'feel' for Margaret. She has her come to find her in the deep woods to do a dance for the Spirits where we see Margaret finally let her hair down (literally). The movie does have that fun setup for predictability, but this is why I really loved it. I know what happens and it always makes me smile when viewing it. What makes a straight-laced Margaret come totally unraveled is what is funny and Andrew's reaction to his once dictator boss having found her much softer edges is just as understandable. Sure, it is a while after she almost drowns to death but Andrew deserves a ton of comeuppance after all she has put him through. I would love it if these two could team up for a few more comedies, they do it so well.
It's about two people thrown together that despise one another. A high-powered, overbearing diva of a boss in the publishing industry - Sandra Bullock; and a handsome, kind, assistant who seeks a career doing what he loves. Their relationship as boss/subservient is pretty pathetic, until the big-powered career woman is faced with being deported back to Canada because her visa expired. (You think she would have been on top of that one!) Since her assistant does everything for her, why not have him marry her so she can stay in the country? Sounds reasonable. A few threats, the fear of losing his job, and you have a somewhat crazy plot.
Let me just say that Ryan Reynolds doesn't do enough movies, especially with his shirt off. After all, he was voted the sexiest man alive in 2010 by People Magazine. I really like him, and I think he could be king of romantic comedy rather than a green lantern if he did more movies. He's engaging, nice eye candy, and has that charismatic sweetheart attraction. It seems as though he'd rather hide behind the screen doing voice acting of late, and his movies on the horizon don't interest me.
Sandra is a bit different in this role, playing the mean employer, who thinks the world revolves around her life and career. High-powered and used to getting what she demands, her character is much different. The only similarities are the ending of the movie that is a mirror of "While You Were Sleeping," which contains the altar confession and love of a family she never had. In fact, it's so similar, it's a bit plagiarist freaky.
The hoot of the movie is Bette White, who plays the eccentric and feisty grandmother of the clan. Let's face it, that old woman is a classy lady, who shows us that laughter is good for your health. Does she ever not smile?
Well, the plot is a bit rehashed, but it's good light entertainment. The high point of the movie is, of course, naked Ryan Reynolds and stark naked Sandra Bullock running into each other chest to chest, with Sandra falling on top of him. Quite hilarious, which I'm sure they must have had a great time filming the scene. It's a scream watching Sandra beforehand running around with a wash cloth over her privates and her arms across her boobs. Ryan undresses to show off six pack abs. Of course, my focal point in that scene stayed upon his buff naked body.
In any event, I give more than the general public. Heck, the scenery in Alaska at least deserves four stars.