The Proposal (2009)
Reviewed on 2010 August 23
Predictable rom-com, notable for Sandra Bullock fearlessly ditching her sweet persona and playing a very loathsome character.
Margaret Tate (Bullock) is a powerhouse book editor at a New York publishing house, and her mere arrival at the office sends the other cubicle farmers into a terror of fake activity to avoid her wrath. It looks like they may be spared when her visa is about to expire and she’ll be deported back to Canada, but Margaret calmly orders her assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her the way most people order at the drive-through. After attaching a few of his own strings to the deal, Andrew reluctantly agrees, but neither of them factor in the effect of a visit to Andrew’s family in Alaska.
The movie seems to lose steam as it rolls along, and you can see the resolution coming from a mile away, but getting there is still entertaining. The chemistry (or lack thereof) between Margaret and Andrew was funny, and I enjoyed Betty White and Mary Steenburgen as the future in-laws. It’s nothing really original, but I have to give it credit for being a romantic comedy with such a nasty female lead and pulling it off.
Two chocolate morsels and a latte. Be sure to watch the end credits too.