Despite revolving around the notion that sweet movie love can happen to anyone, anywhere, Disney’s rom-com featuring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds is quite a treat to the senses. After raking in $33.6 million in the opening week in the US alone, The Proposal proves yet again that people will not tire of movies in this genre, no matter how many worthy special effects movies release at the box office.
When her US visa expires, Margaret (Bullock) is about to be deported to her country, Canada. But she asks her assistant, Andrew (Reynolds) to marry her, not only to keep her in the US but also to save his job. To prove to the visa officials that the union is bonafide, the two make a trip to Sitka, Alaska where she meets Andrew’s parents and friends. But the trip becomes an eye-opener for Margaret, as she discovers Andrew to be an “Alaskan Kennedy”, where his family owns many businesses and live larger than life. She also discovers what it means to be in a family and be loved, and soon her snooty and uptight attitude melts to reveal a side Andrew never saw before.
The two start off deceiving the family with fake tenderness, kisses, affection, etc. convincing everyone of their supposed intentions. The women in the family, meanwhile, fall in love with the bride-to-be, showing her around town, taking her to a local strip club, making future vacation plans, giving her the heirloom wedding gown with a 150-year old necklace, etc. But the relationship between Andrew and his “Satan’s Mistress” of a boss begins to thaw, as they let their guard down and discover each other.
Sandra Bullock as usual makes you fall in love with her despite being a snooty book editor from hell. As with Miss Congeniality and While You Were Sleeping, The Proposal endears viewers to her, even though her co-stars put up equally solid performances. Close on the heels of Bullock is Betty White, whose portrayal as a 90-something grandma is absolutely winsome.
Watch it before it another CGI movie takes over theatres.