Who doesn’t love a good love story, especially when the two people falling in love are Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds? The Proposal; directed by Anne Fletcher and written by Pete Chiarelli is a film that follows the rules of ‘romantic comedy’ to a tee and leaves its audience with an overall feeling of happiness and hope that romance isn’t dead.
Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) is a high-powered editor in chief whose US work visa is about to expire resulting in her deportation back to Canada. In desperation, she forces her assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her. Sounds totally plausible right? The catch, and here is where the film gets interesting, is that Margaret must accompany Andrew to Alaska to visit his family for his Grandma’s birthday. Naked collisions, local stripteases, familial tensions and gorgeous ex-girlfriends pave the way for laughter, tears and audible gasps as this 108 minute film unfolds in true romantic comedy fashion.
Where this film both falls apart and stands apart is in the fact that it follows the tired but true formula of ‘two people who work together but don’t really like each other, are forced to spend time together, fall in love, have obstacles to overcome and ultimately, end up together’ flawlessly. Sure it’s not the best acting we’ve seen from Bullock and Reynolds, but their chemistry and comedic timing are well worth your $12.50 and the writing, while fluffy and somewhat predictable, is good, even enjoyable, when compared to other movies in this genre (think Never Been Kissed, Sweet Home Alabama, and Confessions of a Shopaholic).
Fun, fluffy and flirtatious, this movie is a great date movie. Or if you find yourself looking for something to do on a rainy Saturday, check this one out. It won’t blow your mind in terms of writing, cinematography, acting or plot, but you will leave with that warm, fuzzy feeling in your heart and sore cheeks.