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The Proposal (Blu-ray/DVD, 2010, 2-Disc Set)

Anne Fletcher, Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds | Theatrical release: 2009 | Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
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THE PROPOSAL could have been a strictly script-by-numbers affair, but hilarious performances by Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds improve this romantic comedy. Publishing powerhouse Margaret Tate (Bullock, TWO WEEKS NOTICE) is used to getting her way. She bullies her ambitious assistant, Andrew Paxton (Reynolds, DEFINITELY, MAYBE), earning the ire of all the underlings at Colden Books in New York City. But Margaret, a native Canadian, finds her career in jeopardy when she is denied a visa and learns she will be sent northward. She forces Andrew to become her fiancé, but she’ll have to take a trip home to Alaska with him to prove to U.S. Immigration that their impending union is genuine. What ensues is a combination of GREEN CARD, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, and GREEN ACRES, with the hell-in-heels boss trying to fake a romance with her assistant as she struggles to survive as a city girl in the country. However, THE PROPOSAL proves to be more than the sum of its parts; Bullock has been one of Julia Roberts’s successors to the America’s-sweetheart crown since she starred in SPEED, but this comedy has her challenging her image with hilarious ease. Reynolds--who could be just window-dressing with his good looks and easy charm--is an excellent foil who is just as adept with sarcasm as he is with a smile. The two stars are supported by an impressive cast, including Betty White as Andrew’s scheming 90-year-old grandmother, Craig T. Nelson as his disappointed father, and THE OFFICE’s Oscar Nunez as an ubiquitous resident of his hometown. THE PROPOSAL may offer few surprises in the way of plot, but the on-screen talent keeps the film feeling fresh.

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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 786936807462

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Genre:Comedies
Format:Blu-ray/DVD

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Editorial reviews

3 stars out of 4 -- "[Bullock] is likable here because she doesn't overdo it....THE PROPOSAL is much enhanced by all of the supporting performances."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (06/17/2009)

3 stars out of 5 -- "THE PROPOSAL is rooted in the most classical of conventions and still finds ways to be surprisingly enchanting. Most credit should go to the criminally underappreciated Sandra Bullock and the reliably disarming Ryan Reynolds."
Box Office - Sara Schieron (06/17/2009)

"[A]n engaging, well-crafted lark that proves 'high concept' isn't necessarily a tired tactic....Bullock also is talented enough to play convincingly against her genial image here as the proverbial boss from hell..."
Hollywood Reporter (06/14/2009)

"Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds prove a likable duo....Reynolds has the appropriate good looks, easygoing charm and comic timing to be a natural in this setting..."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (06/19/2009)

"Bullock's deft physical comedy, one of her most endearing qualities, is given a full run. And Reynolds' ability to deliver a line, or a look, with withering, surgical precision is there at every turn."
Los Angeles Times - Betsy Sharkey (06/19/2009)

3 stars out of 5 -- "First-time screenwriter Peter Chiarelli's dialogue has a wry Big Apple zing....A pedigree cast, fun premise and punchy dialogue make Bullock's return to romantic comedy look a great catch..."
Total Film - Kate Stables (06/23/2009)

"[S]aved by fizzy screwball chemistry between the hunky, snarky Reynolds and Bullock, who hasn't been this appealing since, well, SPEED." -- Grade: B
Entertainment Weekly - Chris Nashawaty (10/16/2009)

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Created: 12/07/09

The Proposal (DVD, 2009)

I love watching Sandra Bullock, who is enjoyable even in the lamest of films. And sadly, there are so many lame movies starring Bullock, and so few that I would enjoy watching more than once -- Infamous is a rare exception. After I saw Speed, I said that I thought Bullock could be this generation's Carole Lombard, but unfortunately the actress has not yet found her Howard Hawks or Ernst Lubitsch. The Proposal is yet another Bullock-starring formulaic romantic comedy with little to offer except sparkling performances, and not just from Bullock.

Margaret Tate (Bullock) is the terror of the Manhattan publishing office where she's editor-in-chief, and even her charming assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds) is scared of her. Her Achilles heel turns out to be that she's ... Canadian, and she's about to be deported for a year due to some visa problems. So Margaret hurriedly declares that she's engaged to Andrew, who's American. You don't have to have seen Green Card to guess the rest of the story.

The "happy couple" meets with skepticism from INS, so to prove their love, they travel to Andrew's family home in small-town Alaska to celebrate his Granny Annie's (Betty White) 90th birthday. Since Bullock is starring and it's a romantic comedy, we know her character will be humbled and tumbled about, away from her native habitat of New York. If only we could vanquish all our power-crazed bosses this way ...

Admittedly, I am so pleased to see Bullock -- or any actress, for that matter -- playing a romantic comedy heroine who isn't "adorably" klutzy or awkward that I'm almost willing to love The Proposal on that strength alone. However, I don't care for the stereotype of the Evil Female Witch-Boss either, especially when you know a comeuppance is forthcoming. At least this character doesn't need an adorable child to become acceptably feminine.

In addition, I don't like humiliation comedy, which is in abundance during the first half of The Proposal. I don't laugh when a character is taken down a peg by being blackmailed onto her knees in public (as in the above photo), or when a male character is embarrassed about being portrayed as a "sensitive guy" around his manly friends. I feel sorry for them, even if they're fictional. I never could watch even "America's Funniest Home Videos" because I always pitied the stumbling bride or clumsy child. I realize I'm in the minority -- a lot of audience members nearly laughed themselves sick over one character being mean to another, or being harassed by Mother Nature -- so use your judgment here about your own sense of humor.

The Proposal does have some inspired comic moments -- I love the waves of instant messaging that flow through the publishing office, signaling that Margaret is stalking the floor or spreading gossip. And being a geek, one bit involving a sound in an Internet cafe made me giggle. Many of the gags, however, were old and tired when Granny Annie was a mere slip of a girl.

Despite the tired and sometimes mean-spirited jokes, Bullock is still delightful to watch. She knows how to portray this type of character and her transformation, and hits every note perfectly. Reynolds doesn't have a strongly written character to work with, but he's charming enough to pull it off anyway. For the most part, the supporting cast has little to do: Mary Steenburgen and Craig T. Nelson are typically parental, Malin Akerman smiles a lot as the cute hometown ex-flame, Michael Nouri sits behind a desk.

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Created: 04/14/10

The Proposal

Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) terrorizes her publishing house co-workers with her abrasive, take-no-prisoners management style, especially her overworked assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds). But when Margaret is threatened with deportation to her native Canada because of an immigration technicality, the quick-thinking exec announces that she and Andrew are engaged to be married. Ambitious Andrew agrees to go along with her scheme—if there’s a long-awaited promotion in it for him. Everything is going according to Margaret’s plan, until an overzealous immigration official makes it his business to prove that the couple’s engagement is bogus. To demonstrate her commitment to her new fiancé, Margaret agrees to celebrate the 90th birthday of his colorful grandmother (Betty White) — in Alaska. The editrix’s type-A ways put her at odds with her eccentric future in-laws with hilarious consequences, until the Paxtons teach Margaret a thing or two about family. Sandra Bullock is as funny and enjoyable as ever. She brings a lot to all of her movies. She is funny, beautiful and puts her all in what she does. Great, Great movie. To Funny. Betty White as always hysterical. Ryan Reynolds Charming, and really funny.
On a rating of 1 - 10, 10 being an excellent buy I would easily give this DVD an easy 10!

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Created: 10/13/09

A lot of laughing over this comedy, very funny movie

Sandra Bullock (Miss Congeniality and many more) stars with Ryan Reynolds (Definitely, Maybe + More).

Bullock is Margaret, the hard nosed editor at a book publishing house and Reynolds is Andrew, her executive assistant (actually her 24 hour get me what I want man).

When Margaret is threatened with deportation back to her home country of Canada she concocts a scheme to get married to Andrew so she can stay in the US and save her job. To get andrew to agree to this, she threatens him (actually blackmails is a better word) and finally he agrees to go along with it.

The plot unfolds from there as the young couple head off to Alaska to meet Andrews parents and celebrate his grandmothers 90th birthday.

And here we have the best part of the entire movie. Grandma is played by Betty White (who actually will be celebrating her 90th birthday in 2012). Ms White is one the television and motion picture Icons who lights up any screen she appears on and she does not hold anything back in this movie. It is worth the price of this DVD just to see her performance.

Also starring in this movie are: Malin Akerman, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, Oscar Nuñez and Aasif Mandvi

The movie is VERY predictable but it was also VERY funny and Betty White was great. So get this one and have a good laugh.

Rated PG13 for some brief semi nudity and sexual humor.

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Created: 03/17/10

DVD The Proposal

When she learns that she's in danger of losing her visa status and being deported back to her native Canada, overbearing book editor Margaret Tate forces her put-upon assistant, Andrew Paxton to marry her. Directed by Anne Fletcher, this romantic comedy also stars Craig T. Nelson and Mary Steenburgen as Andrew's parents, Joe and Grace, and Betty White as the outspoken Grandma Annie.

Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenburgen, Betty White, Craig T. Nelson

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Created: 08/21/10

The Proposal

The Proposal features a stellar cast, including Sandra Bullock, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson and Betty White. However, Ryan Reynolds is a revelation in this very unique romantic comedy. His "deer in the headlights" reaction to suddenly finding himself betrothed to his high-strung Canadian boss (Sandra Bullock) in order to save her from immediate deportation is priceless. Betty White is hysterical as Reynolds' prickly, no-nonsense grandmother.

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