The Proposal

Release Date: June 19, 2009

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18/21 Jason Lee Bullock is less than believable and I didn't enjoy watching Ryan Reynolds make a fool of her.
32/82 Kelly Metz I liked Reynolds and Bullock's chemistry better when she was a bitch. Once she started to soften and the story took the inevitable turn towards happiness and love, it lost its spark.
100/169 Max Braden I don't really buy Bullock as an ice queen, but she does have a really nice emotional moment midway through the film. Otherwise it's pretty much what'd you'd expect.

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Life is currently imitating art as Ryan Reynolds stars in his next film, The Proposal. Given the fact that he has experience in this field after offering to marry first Alanis Morissette then Scarlett Johansson, the man knows a thing or two about buying a diamond ring. And now he’s going to prove it on camera.

The Proposal stars Reynolds and Sandra Bullock as people who don’t like each other but get married anyway. So, it’s the usual type of story. The twist here is that Bullock’s character is the boss of Reynolds’ character, her personal assistant. He hates her, as employees are wont to do with their immediate superiors. The catch is that she is Canadian and if she doesn’t get married immediately, she gets deported. In order to avoid this fate, she gets her assistant to marry her. Why would he do this? If he doesn’t, he becomes unemployed. Along the way, I’m sure they will fight a lot right up until the moment that they have an epiphany that their marriage is real because they love each other so, so much. Then, they have the honeymoon night, although the video of it wouldn’t sell anywhere near as well as actual video from Reynolds’ and Johansson’s wedding night. But I digress.

Ms. Bullock’s last four major releases (Premonition, The Lake House, Miss Congeniality 2, and Crash) have all made in the $47-$54 million range. Effectively, she hasn’t had a huge hit since Two Weeks Notice in 2002 and she hasn’t had a $100 million movie since Miss Congeniality in 2000. So, she needs this. Meanwhile, Reynolds is desperate for something…anything (!) that is a hit. His last three major releases (Definitely, Maybe, Smokin’ Aces and Just Friends) have all petered out in the low $30s range, meaning he is looking up with envy at Bullock’s middling performers. Will the two of them prove to be a similarly dynamic duo as Bullock was with Hugh Grant? As good looking as Reynolds is, there does seem to be cause for optimism though BOP is starting to worry that we love him a bit more than the average movie goer for whatever reason. (David Mumpower/BOP)

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Main Cast Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Malin Akerman
Supporting Cast Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, Aasif Mandvi, Oscar Nunez
Director Anne Fletcher
Screenwriter Peter Chiarelli
Distributor Touchstone Pictures
Screen Count 3,056
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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