What is the best thing I can say about The Proposal? Two word: RyanReynolds. The movie will further cement the actor's rep as a verylikable and talented, soon-to-be full-blown movie star. (Especiallywith today's news that he will be the star of the next X-Men feature.)That aside, this movie is one major disappointment.
Full disclosure: I'm a fan of the rom-com genre and, as such, I tend tocut them a lot of slack. The Proposal, however, just doesn't cut it. Ifnot including every clich? in the rom-com handbook, it certainly coversa slew of them.
Predictability is one thing. Poorly written and badly directed, withseveral irritating lapses in logic (that are not even plot-driven,which makes them all the more irritating) this is a movie to be avoidedat all costs, especially for fans of Sandra Bullock and Betty White.
This fusion of Green Card (1990) meets The Devil Wears Prada (2006) isone of the most intelligent funniest movies of the year generating somereal genuine laughs from the heart while also incorporating decentbalance of family drama at the same time. Betty White offers up somegreat comedic scenes though also some of the more bizarre scenes thatdon't quite completely work. There is some great acting sensitivity bySandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds as director Anne Fletcher captureslonger comedic touches that allow the humor to really take hold in anumber of scenes. Craig T. Nelson and Ryan Reynold's characters don'tquite get to fully develop their cycle of relations on screen while thepost-climatic ending is a bit forced and manipulative and not quite astrong as say The Devil Wears Prada. It's somewhat debatable whether ornot Sandra Bullock's character could have moved further towards MerylStreep's character in The Devil Wears Prada to have been more effectiveas Sandra's character had to reach further through more emotional andextended plot scenarios than Meryl. However, this is one of the bettercomedies of the year that allows for more exposure of creative humor.User: jon.h.ochiai (firstname.lastname@example.org)
First off, Sandra Bullock is so hot nearly naked in "The Proposal". Herromantic lead Ryan Reynolds is completely ripped, seeing the cuts inhis body is depressing. The two literally collide naked in a hystericalscene. Reynolds's Andrew screams, "Oh my G**!" Bullock's Margaretscreams, "Why are you naked?" Andrew yells, "Why are you wet?" DirectorAnne Fletcher's "The Proposal" is the best romantic comedy of the year,by far. "The Proposal" brilliantly written by Peter Chiarelli is across between "The Devil Wears Prada" and Shakespeare's "Taming of theShrew". "The Proposal" is formula; however, Fletcher and Chiarellideliver flawlessly on point.
Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds have such amazing chemistry. I am sucha fan of Bullock. She is beautiful, and masterfully transitions betweencomedic and poignant. There is a touching scene that follows Gammie's(wonderful Betty White) "Easter egg" hunt for Margaret's (Bullock)boobs in a wedding gown fitting. Gammie gives Margaret a familykeepsake that has been in the Paxton family for generations. She tellsMargaret that grandmothers want to feel like they will be part of theirgrandchildren's lives after they are gone. Bullock silently looks intothe mirror as her eyes well up. I too was so moved. After Margaretshares with Andrew (Reynolds) the significance of her tattoo, Andrew,who is sleeping on their bedroom floor says, "Don't take this the wrongway. You are a very, very beautiful woman." Reynolds is the new GeorgeClooney. He is handsome, charming, and can deliver a line spot on.Reynolds is going to be a huge star. He has the amazing action starbody, but his real gift is romantic comedy. Reynolds has great spirit.He and Bullock are awesome together. Whether Bullock hilariouslyreminds him, "Touch my ass one more time, and I'll cut your nuts off inyour sleep." or when Reynolds quietly comforts Bullock in the boat,they land as real and authentic. "The Proposal" is hysterical andpredictable, and unexpectedly poignant-- celebrating the best inpeople.
In "The Proposal" Sandra Bullock plays Margaret Tate, high powered TypeA and Editor-in-Chief of a New York Publisher. Scattered and smart RyanReynolds plays Andrew Paxton, her suffering and loyal executiveassistant. Margaret asks if Andrew's family is telling him to quit hisjob. Andrew replies, "Every day." The company Chairman Bergen (solidMichael Nori) informs Margaret that she is being deportedback toCanada. When Andrew interrupts the meeting Margaret derives a solution.She informs Bergen, "We're, ah getting married." Stunned Andrewreplies, " We are." However, Andrew now realizes that Margaret isbeholding to him. The agreed conspiracy is risky. Intrepid ImmigrationAgent (brilliantly stiff Denis O'Hare) warns the happy couple that ifhe uncovers fraud, Margaret will be deported and Andrew will go to jailfor years.
So in the mean time, Margaret and Andrew travel back to his home townof Sitka, Alaska to attend the 90th Birthday of his dear grandmotherGammie (Betty White), and announce their engagement. Margaret discoversthat Andrew's family is like the Kennedy's of Alaska. Andrew has notbeen home in 3 years, because his father Joe (great Craig T. Nelson)wants him to take over the family business, and stop messing around inNew York. Andrew's passion is becoming an editor, and paradoxically hisbond to Margaret despite the surface disdain. Mary Steenburgen isamazing as Andrew's mother Grace, who is the strong and understatedpeacemaker. She has a powerful scene where she tells Joe to clean it upwith Andrew. Margaret also meets Gertrude (charming and pretty MalinAkerman), Andrew's ex-girlfriend. Margaret awakens to Andrew's life anddreams.
Can Andrew and Margaret pull off the charade and the family inducedwedding? Of course high jinx ensue. Margaret has her Blackberry highjacked by an eagle, and survives Sitka's only exotic male dancer(hysterical Oscar Nunez). Andrew stresses out that his Mom's dreamswill be dashed when she finds out. Here Fletcher balances humanity atthe narrative arc. Margaret breaks down realizing her selfishness whenshe tells Andrew, "I forgot what it was like to have a family Havepeople love you " We kind of know how things will resolve in the "TheProposal", but that is never really the point. It is the things unsaid,like the look in Andrew's eyes when he realizes that he is in love withMargaret, that touch us and resonate. "The Proposal" is hysterical,smart, and all about love and heart.
I generally like the movies that Sandra Bullock has been making overthe years, however there have been a few bombs. This is not one ofthem. In many ways, this is a slightly different version of pastscripts of other romantic comedies. What makes it work is Bullock andBetty White. Bullock has once again shown she can play comedy very welland she especially does so with her body language and facialexpressions. However, what added to this movie's charm was Betty White,who stole the show at times. Even though she was not always on screen,when she appeared, you noticed her. I may be judged wrong by others,but I hope the Academy seriously considers her for a best supportingnomination for her role come the next Oscars. I have seen otheractresses do far less and win, so heads up Academy come January 2010.Two weeks ago I went to see the Hangover and as much as I liked it,this was a far funnier film. Everybody in the audience seemed to belaughing as much as me. Good movie, worth seeing.User: rob o'cop
Sandra Bullock said in an interview that she was leaving rom com alonefor a while and perhaps it would have been a wise move to have stuck tothe intent of that statement. Her performance in this film is one ofits biggest flaws. Her delivery is as subtle as a gun, subtle as circusclowns with big shoes and a plank of wood. This was like stageslapstick rather than cinema. Overblown actions and responses, paintedin large black and white lines and yet it still managed to seem muddledand unnatural.
There were 2 saving graces.
one was the location. A beautiful Alaskan setting and stunning house.
The second was Ryan Reynolds who even in a derivative uninspiring flatpiece of movie making like this can still manage to put in a greatperformance. Granted it's a performance he's put into many of his rolesbefore, but he's imminently likable and watchable. He doesn't put inobvious primary colours to his work and for that he is always the oneto watch. I doubt the director guided him to this judging by the 2dimensional rest of the movie.
Most of the good gags were in the trailer. I'm so pleased we got freepasses to a preview, I just wish they'd been to another movie, like ahalf decent one.
Please stop making these kind of movies Sandra. You're not withouttalent but you've got to start figuring out what that talent is, andit's not lame over acted rom com.
My wife and I walked out of the movie during the male stripper scene(never shown in the previews). How in the wor