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June 24, 2009 > Movie Review: The Proposal

Movie Review: The Proposal

Rated PG-13
By Susana Nunez


The first official chick flick of the summer is finally here, and for rom-com lovers, the film doesn't disappoint. Ryan Reynolds plays the obedient assistant to Sandra Bullock, the intimidating and feared editor-in-chief of a book publishing company. In that sense, the film is reminiscent of The Devil Wears Prada, (what film hasn't taken cues from DWP since it released?) but it's fun to see a man struggling to please his female boss in this twist, especially when that man is Ryan Reynolds. As always, his performance is hilarious. His signature dry humor was there, and he made quite a good on-screen match with Sandra Bullock.

Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) expects nothing less but perfection from her painfully reliable assistant, Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds). He hasn't seen his family in years, and really doesn't have much of a life outside of working for her. But he hopes to become an editor someday and knows that this is the best - and only - way to accomplish his goal. So for now, he has to just suck it up, until Margaret finds it in her heart to promote him.

However, the situation changes one day when Margaret is called into the office by the company executives, and is questioned about her legal status in the country. She's a Canadian citizen, and has done nothing to move forward with the immigration process. If she doesn't do something to fix the situation within the next few days, she will be deported. So naturally, Margaret promptly announces to the executives that she and Andrew are getting married. Out of fear, Andrew agrees, but cuts a deal so that once her legal status is fixed, she promotes him to editor.

Everything is under control and strictly business, until Andrew's family calls, asking him to come home for the weekend for his quirky Grandma Annie's (Betty White) 90th birthday. When Andrew shows up with Margaret on his arm, the woman who has kept him away from his family for three years, they're completely shocked. He assures them that this is the woman he loves and they spend the weekend feigning an engagement. But once Andrew's family starts warming up to her, Margaret's conscience is engaged, and she realizes that she may be feeling something for Andrew.

The film has plenty of fun moments between the two stars, and the addition of Betty White as Andrew's grandma was excellent. She's always fun to watch on screen, and her brand of comedy perfectly suited the film. There were a few characters that could have been left out since they didn't seem to have relevance to the plot (such as Andrew's ex-girlfriend and a highly unattractive stripper named Ramone) but overall the movie was entertaining. It's a fun rom-com to a kick off the summer and hopefully they will just keep getting better.

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