The Proposal
The Proposal
PG-13 | 01 June 2009 (USA)
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When she learns she's in danger of losing her visa status and being deported, overbearing book editor Margaret Tate forces her put-upon assistant, Andrew Paxton, to marry her.


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Excellent, Without a doubt!!

Derrick Gibbons

An old-fashioned movie made with new-fashioned finesse.

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It is an exhilarating, distressing, funny and profound film, with one of the more memorable film scores in years,

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The Proposal is yet another romantic comedy about two people who hate each other at first, but then grow to like each other through a series of wacky/zany/crazy events! And yes, it does have the obligatory rom-com chase scene at the end. This movie does, however, have the added bonus of Ryan Reynolds, who is always entertaining.

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You know how this movie is going to turn out, yet it's still watchable and funny. Ryan Reynolds plays a writer in a firm run by the hard-nosed and unliked Sandra Bullock, whom no one really likes as a supervisor due to the way she runs things. When she learns that she is about to be deported back to her native Canada because she didn't renew her visa, she says she's engaged to Reynolds, and complicated situations arise. They visit his family in Alaska for a relatives' 90th birthday and start to bond. Complications arise with an ex-girlfriend. You can probably figure out what happens next.The best part of this movie is the hilarious opening sequence and the chemistry between the two lead stars.**1/2 out of ****

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Rent this movie to explore early adolescent girls' understanding of adult relationships, because it's a very good illustration. Yes, it's that bad.And to make it more poignant, the office in New York is what an adolescent probably thinks an office is like: a classroom complete with a despised teacher figure, cowering students and misbehaving clowns.Big covered this territory in a much more satisfying way, And Big was intentionally funny (where The Proposal is only funny when it doesn't mean to be).A sad effort all around.

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Sometimes people say "Hollywood doesn't make films like that anymore", referring to the situational boy-meets-girl romances of the 30s or 40s. Well, it does and this is one example, though this is boy-works-for-girl who is a tyrant as a boss. When you go to this movie, you know it's a romance, and so the "suspense", if you will, is how can the writers get the star-crossed characters together?Sandra Bullock plays Margaret Tate, the boss everyone fears and hates. She has no personal life and no family life. Ryan Reynolds is her underling, Andrew Paxton. The story thrusts them into spending time outside of work together. Family members--including Betty White as Andrew's "Gammy"--help to put the com in romcom.The disdain of Margaret and Andrew for each other appears to be an insurmountable obstacle to love. Before the film ends though, vows are take--but not the kind you expect. Still, such films are about affirming the power of love and this film will not disappoint.

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