Margaret Tate is a Canadian stone cold book editor who lives for her job and demands the same from her staff that gets terrorized by her. When her boss tells her that she’s about to be deported from the US because she violated the terms of her work visa, she sees her entire career go down the drain. Luckily she immediately comes up with a plan: marry her much younger assistant, Andrew Paxton, in order to gain immediate citizenship. Paxton is a bit baffled by this move but because he wants to get promoted and see his own story published, he decides to go along with Margaret’s plan. Immigration officer Mr. Gilbertson doesn’t buy it though, and gives the two one weekend to come clean before they have to pass a “compatibility test”. If they don’t pass, Margaret will be deported and Andrew will get to spend some time in jail.
The two decide to head off to Alaska to meet Andrew’s family and get to know each other better but as time progresses, Margaret – who lost her family at young age – starts to lose some of her “iron lady” image and becomes fond of the family. Will she keep up appearance and betray her newfound “family” or come clean and be deported?
Sound and Vision:
The image quality doesn’t suffer from any technical flaws but the colors do seem to be a bit pale and certain scenes are a bit soft.
One cannot ask a lot from a soundtrack for this type of movie, but the DTS-HD track does do an excellent job with giving crystal clear dialogues from the front and using rear speakers for environmental sounds. Nice.
– Deleted Scenes
– Alternative Ending
– Audio Commentary Track
– Set Antics: Outtakes and Other Absurdities from ‘The Proposal’
A couple of very standard extras that seem to have come straight off some electronic press kit
The Proposal is as standard as a romantic comedy can be. Every rule in the book is followed and every plot twist can be seen coming from miles away. Still, everything is done is a crafty way that makes the movie still enjoyable and the cast does an excellent job which makes this movie stand out of the crowd (a bit). There’s plenty of scenes that seemingly have been completely taken out of other movies (The Devil wears Prada, Green Card, Meet the Parents, Northern Exposure, While you were Sleeping, …) but everything has been sowed together tightly so that the movie as a whole remains enjoyable to watch.
Sandra Bullock is at her best in a romantic comedy and with the assistance of Ryan Reynolds things can hardly go wrong. And they don’t.
You don’t expect this type of movie to be surprising or suddenly go boldly where no romantic comedy has gone before, but you do expect there to be a couple of nice jokes and a warm feeling towards the end and that’s something The Proposal masters.