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The Proposal: Movie Review

Genre: Comedy, Romance
Rated: PG-13
Directed by:
Anne Fletcher
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Betty White, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, Malin Akerman, Oscar Nunez

Released by: Touchstone Pictures

In Short: Sandra Bullock rips up the screen in this tons-of-fun romantic comedy romp.
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It's Easy to Enjoy Sandra Bullock in Her Prime

Sandra Bullock can be one funny woman. She just doesn’t get the chance to do comedy as often as she should, and hasn’t always found the best scripts when she does. Happily, with her latest, The Proposal, Bullock has hit a home run with a laugh-filled flick that will leave you smiling for days.

Bullock plays Margaret Tate, a high-powered, hard-nosed NYC publishing executive who has taken no prisoners in her rise to the top. But when she discovers that she’s about to be deported back to her home country of Canada, she needs a husband, fast. So naturally this ball-busting broad forces her much-suffering assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) to agree to marry her (thus The Proposal happens) and the comic situations immediately start to pile up.

Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in The Proposal Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock in The Proposal

Reynolds is terrific as Bullock’s foil, a younger man and her subordinate, but never a namby pamby weakling. It's a good thing, since the pair end up journeying to his Alaskan home to make sure that a pesky immigration agent is duped into believing their pending union is the real thing.

The comedy really ramps up in Alaska, where Andrew’s slightly wacky family—including the priceless Betty White as his grandmother—embrace the couple and get the marriage ball rolling. Amid unexpected encounters with nature, old girlfriends, and hilarious male strippers, the engaged couple begins to discover that they actually do like each other.

There’s a much-publicized nude scene thrown in for laughs, and both Bullock and Reynolds look like a million bucks in the buff, which is no mean feat for the almost-45-year-old actress. She is the bomb, and a comic actress in her prime in this tons-of-fun comedy romp.

Reviewed by Jenny Peters

PKR050709 (Updated: 06/18/09 KR)

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