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Feature 8.0
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 7.5
Total 8.0
Distributor: Disney
Classification: M15+
Running Time: 117 Minutes
Reviewer:
Tyrone Williams

8.0


The Proposal

Starring the delightful and goofy Sandra Bullock, she tries on another pair of shoes in this clichéd romantic comedy where she plays the boss from hell. Playing Margaret Tate, a "my way or the high way" book publisher for a Manhattan publishing firm, her life is all about work and to compound the situation, she is viewed as a ruthless bully by her staff.  As the workers are on edge, her secretary or "executive assistant", Andrew (Ryan Reynolds) tries to smooth things over for his colleagues by giving them the heads up when she is in the office or attempting to keep her appeased such as providing her coffee in the morning. Of course with all romantic comedies enter conflict the number one.

Her dream job in New York is about to come crashing down when she learns that she is to be deported to Canada for failing to complete the paperwork for residency and when she is approached by her superiors about this issue, she comes up with the clever idea of blackmailing her secretary Andrew into marrying her. Although Andrew despises his boss, he manages to turn the situation to his advantage and blackmails Margaret into making him an editor if he goes along with this scam. Under the watchful eye of an immigration officer, both Margaret and Andrew visit his family in Sitka Alaska for his grandmother's (Betty White) 90th birthday where they will also make the announcement of their upcoming marriage.

Although Margaret is shocked to learn that Andrew's family is quite rich, the clichés and stereotypes of the movie begin and eventually, the unthinkable happens and they both fall in love. As the movie progress, the quirkiness of Bullock comes out of her hardened shell, however the star of the movie for me was Betty White (Boston Legal) who really stole the show on many occasions. There is even a conflict between Andrew and his father (Craig T. Nelson) with him remaining distant from his family as he does not want to take over the business and would rather be his own man. Reynolds really gets into his character and his straight man approach works well with the story. The relationship between Bullock and Reynolds is quite believable and both actors seem to bounce off each other, especially the hilarious scene when they accidentally bump into each other naked. Without spoiling the movie or the ending, those who have seen these movies before will easily guess the upcoming conflicts and ending of this film, however it still is an enjoyable romantic comedy.

The video quality on DVD is clear with sharp images and vibrant colours, especially with the outdoor scenes, although there are some really bad green screen effects in the movie, one involving an eagle and a dog with the other, the superimposed backgrounds. The audio is crisp and the dialogue quite clear, although given the genre, don't expect to hear anything phenomenal. When it comes to extras, the movie features ...  Interestingly enough, it also contains an alternate ending which I did enjoy more than the final version. None the less, The Proposal is definitely a cutesy movie that we enjoyed, even though it was oozing with clichés and North American "country folk" stereotypes.

Special Features

Deleted Scenes (With Optional Commentary By Director Anne Fletcher And Writer Pete Chiarelli)
Alternate Ending (With Optional Commentary By Director Anne Fletcher And Writer Pete Chiarelli)
Set Antics: Outtakes And Other Absurdities From The Proposal
Audio Commentary (View The Film With Commentary By Director Anne Fletcher And Writer Pete Chiarelli)






 
 



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