The Proposal

Published February 19, 2010

The Proposal

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  • Title The Proposal
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  • Year 2009
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Romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock as Margaret Tate, a tyrannical business executive on the brink of deportation from the United States back to her homeland of Canada. Margaret coerces her young assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds) into marrying her so that she can stay in the country and he can stay in his job. In order to keep up the facade, Margaret must now endure a trip to Alaska to meet her future in-laws (Mary Steenburgen and Craig T. Nelson).

Background info

Title: The Proposal Director: Anne Fletcher Year: 2009 Run time: 1hr 47m

“Sandra Bullock is at her funniest in the fresh, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy The Proposal. On the verge of being deported and losing the high-powered job she lives for, the controlling Margaret (Bullock) announces she’s engaged to her unsuspecting, put-upon assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds). After proposing a few demands of his own, the mismatched couple heads to Alaska, where they have four short days to convince his quirky family and a very skeptical immigration agent that their charade is real. Featuring a star-studded supporting cast, including Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson and the delightfully inappropriate Betty White, this madcap comedy will have you saying “yes” to The Proposal again and again.”

Live blog

1:01 - I like the idea of being able to read and cycle at the same time. 7:36 - Yay for YouTube getting a mention. 8:30 - He has a nice Mac. 10:43 - I love that look of realisation when they get a “good” idea. 12:18 - His face! 15:10 - They didn’t do the thing where they cram about each other’s lives. 18:50 - Oh, they are not convincing. 20:42 - Proposing outside the immigration office? Not smart. 24:49 - That woman does not look 90! 32:02 - I would punch someone who put food in my mouth that I didn’t want. 40:09 - The sun is always there! How odd. 47:38 - The worrying thing is, I am very like Margaret. 53:35 - Who gets in a shower without checking for a towel first? 57:35 - What is the Psychic Network? 1:00:37 - Music is always an ice breaker. 1:03:47 - There’s a reason we ran away to sea to get married. 1:09:32 - Mr C says she dances like me too. Humph. 1:12:48 - Oh come on, even I can recognise a dial-up modem sound, it is ingrained on my brain! That sound equals waiting. 1:20:04 - Hijacking a boat certainly isn’t a good idea if you can’t swim. 1:26:40 - Does that man run the whole island? Ramone was the stripper and the registrar. 1:35:08 - She’s the best Gammy ever. 1:39:33 - Talk about giving the office some gossip. 1:40:05 - Immigration will never believe them a second time. 1:43:15 - Ooh, credits with added movie.


Whilst browsing through the rental options, Mr C and I discovered this romantic comedy. The trailer sold it to us, quite literally, as we couldn’t wait for the rental to come out. I’m a closet Sandra Bullock fan, and Mr C is a closet rom-com fan. Win-win.

Loved it. For a romantic comedy, it wasn’t completely predictable, they were both really funny, and the island dynamic was brilliant. I would watch it again, because even the mushy bits weren’t too gross.

Rating: 5/5.

Be Kind, Rewind - Feb 2015

Recovering from wisdom teeth removal can be painful but they say that laughter is the best medicine, so I was keen to rewatch as many comedies as possible. I remembered liking this one but I certainly don’t remember it being as good as it was. From the start, I like that there’s barely a stereotype - only the early film Sandra who is uptight and a scary boss. Otherwise we’ve got a male assistant, a fabulously cheeky grandma, a family struggling to reconcile when the child doesn’t want to do what’s expected of him.

There was more slapstick than I remember, the bit with the dog and falling overboard on the boat. There was also far more nudity than I remembered, but you couldn’t get two prettier people to do so. I watched this first time round when I was still hard-hearted, hence the mushy comment up above. In reality, now I have mellowed, it’s not mushy at all, it’s got the perfect amount of family warmth alongside romantic drama with two great leads.

The film really stood up on a second viewing after such a long time, it’s a proper favourite.

Rating: Unrated

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