One of my favorite romantic comedies of all time, and I know I’m not the only one who thinks it. Released in 2009 The Proposal was a huge hit at the box office. Critics were a little mixed on a few things, but praised the chemistry between the two leads. If you haven’t seen this movie a spoiler alert is ahead. I DO NOT OWN THE PICTURE.
Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) absolutely hates his boss Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) an executive editor in chief at a book publishing company. She runs the company with an iron fist, and the other employees hate her as much as Andrew, and are also scared of her. Margaret is informed her visa has been denied and she is being deported to Canada; meaning she cannot work for the company until the matter in cleared up (which can take months or even years). When Andrew comes in, Margaret informs her boss that they are getting married, much to Andrews’s horror. They meet with an immigration officer Mr. Gilbertson (Denis O’Hare) who tells them they will be asked questions about themselves separately and if they do not match (as he suspects they are committing fraud) not only would Margaret be deported but Andrew will go to prison. Andrew forces Margaret to make him an editor and publish a book he’s been pushing on to her once the marriage ends, as well as visit his family in Alaska whom he has not seen in years because of work. Traveling to Sitka, Margaret meets Andrew’s family including his mother Grace (Mary Steenburgen), his grandmother Annie (Betty White) and his father Joe (Craig T. Nelson) the latter whom has a strained relationship with Andrew. Along the way of faking an engagement Margaret and Andrew fall in love, which makes things harder for Margaret as she grows close to his family. About as far as I can go without spoiling.
While the writing I felt could have been better in a few places, there was no denying the performance of the cast. Bullock and Reynolds are fantastic in the Proposal; not only as individuals but they have great chemistry together. The rest of the cast is awesome, but I have to give it up for Betty White; she is great in everything but she is very funny in this movie; you have to look up her scene in the forest with Sandra Bullock it is hilarious. If you like romantic comedies or any of these actors put The Proposal at the top of your list as soon as possible, it is fantastic.