AppsScraps Movie Reviews

Jun 14, 2010

The Proposal

Release date: 1 June 2009 (Hollywood, USA)

The Proposal is one of those films a reviewer drags their feet to attend expecting to detest it immensely as trite, formulaic, and tiresome. So, gosh, what a surprise seeing it - lesson learned. Starring Sandra Bullock as Margaret Tate, a dragon-lady book editor in the Devil Wears Prada-mold and Ryan Reynolds as her much hackneyed executive assistant, Andrew Paxton. When the dragon-lady is faced with deportation due to a citizenship glitch, she browbeats Andrew in agreeing to marry her ... in Alaska. Toss in a Department of State bureaucrat bent on proving it's all a farce marriage; Andrew's parents, Grace (the always wonderful Mary Steenburgen) and Joe (Craig T. Nelson) and Andrew's free-wheeling grandmother, Annie (Betty White) and you have a pretty wonky, and hilarious, two hours of nuptial zaniness. Directed, perfectly, by Anne Fletcher and with a nod to Pete Chairelli's great writing, The Proposal is worth a walk down the aisle.

My rating 9 out of 10.

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