Available on DVD, "The Proposal" is a comedy about a workaholic, sophisticated woman who needs a green card. A Canadian citizen, Margaret is an overpowering person who forgot to renew her visa for working in the United States. Her only option is to ask her rather meek male secretary to marry her for the ability to stay in the country. He takes her to meet his family in rugged Alaska. They are a quirky bunch that doesn't know that the marriage is a sham. They treat the boss, played by Sandra Bullock, like she is family and warmly welcome her. Not long after the scam starts, the boss realizes that she is actually in love with her secretary. Humorous scenes in "The Proposal" includes Bullock trying to climb down a dock ladder and board a boat in high heels and the grandmother, played by Betty White, doing an Native American ceremonial dance. "The Proposal" also stars Craig, T. Nelson, Ryan Reynolds, and Mary Steenburgen. The DVD has a lot of special features, such as deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and commentary on the movie. "This comedy is available with subtitles in French and Spanish.
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)