The Proposal

Published February 19, 2010

The Proposal

Film info

  • Title The Proposal
  • Director Anne Fletcher
  • Year 2009
  • Run time 1hr 48m
  • Genres Comedy, Romance, Drama
  • Tagline Here comes the bribe...

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).

Live blog

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

Revisited 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: 5 / 5

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