November 4, 2009

[A-Z Movies] The Proposal [October 16, 2009]

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:12 pm by Heather

The Proposal (2009)
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Malin Akerman, Craig T. Nelson, Mary Steenburgen, Betty White, Denis O’Hare, Oscar Nunez
Director: Anne Fletcher

Rotten Tomatometer: 43%
NY Times: ***.5
Heather’s Rating[1]: $$

Plot Summary (from wikipedia): Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) is the executive editor-in-chief of a book publishing company, Colden Books. All of her workers, including her assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds), dislike her. She fires a senior editor, Bob Spaulding (Aasif Mandvi) because he is unable to get an author named Frank interviewed by Oprah. After learning she is being deported to Canada, she forces Andrew to marry her, as his future is tied to hers. When the government investigates, Mr. Gilbertson (Denis O’Hare) informs them that they will undergo rigorous testing to prove that the marriage is not fraudulent, after being notified by Bob Spaulding that this marriage might be a sham. Andrew grudgingly accepts the proposition of marrying Margaret, under the condition that he is promoted to the position of editor and his manuscript be published. He also forces Margaret to propose nicely to him on her knees in the streets of New York, and to allow him to tell his parents they are getting married. [And hijinks ensue -ed.]

Heather’s Review: 

If you put Sandra Bullock in any movie, I am 75% likely to see it.  I have thought she was fantastic since Speed, although the jury’s out on that Blind Side movie – even though the B slot is still open.  Add Ryan Reynolds (have you seen Definitely, Maybe? If not, you should), and the percentage goes up to 95%. 

Yes, the movie is formulaic.  Yes, it ends just as you expect it to.  But getting there is really great fun.  And it has Betty White as Andrew’s grandmother, which is hilarious and worth the rental just for that.  Add in the other great cast and I was laughing through this movie and I had tears at the end.

And yes, I’d like my own Ryan Reynolds, thank you.
Heather’s Ratings:
$$$$ = Worth pa,ying the Friday evening price
$$$= Worth paying the Matinee price
$$= Worth a rental
$ = Wait for cable
# = Skip it

1. TOTALLY stolen from Donna who has awesome movie reviews and you should add her blog to your feed (back to review)


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