Sandra Bullock is back to her rom-com ways, and it's good that she's back in her natural element. (She was last seen in the thriller Premonition and it was a total bomb.)
In The Proposal, she plays Margaret Tate, a high-powered Devil Wears Prada-type editor of a book company. She's essentially the slave-driving bitch of a boss that makes the life of her assistant, Andrew Paxton (played by Ryan Reynolds), a living hell. The hook of the film is that Margaret coerces Andrew to marry her to save her from being deported to Canada and the unlikely "couple" goes to Andrew's home in Alaska to convince his folks that they are what they seem to be.
The movie has its share of laughs as Sandra Bullock's character gets into awkward situations and Ryan Reynolds quips sarcastic remarks with good timing and aplomb. The story presents a some hindrances to the romantic story like Andrew's dad and his ex, but they are generally weak, as the real gulf the couple has to cross is their difference in position and stature in the corporate world.
Do Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds have chemistry? If you can get past that she's too old for him, then it's OK.I wish they had given them more screen time together to make things a little more plausible.
The Proposal is a good break from the summer action and fantasy blockbusters (Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen & Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to name a few.) The film won't pull off any surprises, but it's OK.
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