The Proposal

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Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds exhibit plenty of chemistry, but they're let down by The Proposal's devotion to formula.

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Faced with deportation to her native Canada, high-powered book editor Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) says she's engaged to marry Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds), her hapless assistant. Andrew agrees to the charade, but imposes a few conditions of his own, including flying to Alaska to meet his eccentric family. With a suspicious immigration official always lurking nearby, Margaret and Andrew must stick to their wedding plan despite numerous mishaps.

Cast & Crew

Sandra Bullock
Margaret Tate
Ryan Reynolds
Andrew Paxton
Betty White
Grandma Annie
Denis O'Hare
Mr. Gilbertson
Aasif Mandvi
Bob Spaulding
Michael Nouri
Chairman Bergen
Peter Chiarelli
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Alex Kurtzman
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Roberto Orci
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Mary McLaglen
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Sandra Bullock
Executive Producer
Oliver Stapleton
Cinematographer
Nelson Coates
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Critic Reviews for The Proposal

All Critics (189) | Top Critics (59) | Fresh (84) | Rotten (105)

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • They may as well have called this one 'Mis-Matched Sham Wedding Comedy #57513' for all the effort it makes to shake new life out of a tattered genre.

    July 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
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  • One minute you're watching a 21st-century remake of His Girl Friday, the next you're having to endure some awful, dumbed-down "women's picture". Bullock deserves better.

    July 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Toby Young

    Times (UK)
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  • Sandra Bullock is teamed up with Ryan Reynolds, and each star's face has a waxy immobility that has nothing to do with Botox; the pure awfulness of the script has paralysed their facial muscles.

    July 24, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The more recurrent noise towards the end was me groaning with disappointment, that a movie which had struck gold with its central matchmaking was succeeding so ruthlessly in taking the shine off.

    July 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • So keen to be cute it curdles our stomachs and so anxious to be funny it jellifies our funny bones.

    July 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Proposal

  • Dec 27, 2012
    Really funny. But it sucks.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2012
    The Proposal is a typical romantic comedy. That's it. There's not much else to say about it. Everything in the film has been done before. There's nothing original about it. Does it please the masses? Certainly. Is it fun? I guess so. I can't say I really enjoyed it, but I didn't dislike it either. It just kept my mind stupidly occupied for a couple hours.
    Jay H Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2012
    Not a classic but it has it's fair share of laughs. Reynolds keeps things funny and bullock always seems to be likable even in the bad films. These films are such a cliche but that's the way the audience wants them.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2012
    The Proposal is an awful film that relies on every romantic film cliché in the book. The film suffers from a poorly written script, poor acting and very bad directing. This film is plainly horrible, and is just not worth anyone's time. The film has absolutely nothing new to offer, and only thing it delivers is a strained formula that is overdone and not interesting anymore. The film was poorly done with no redeeming qualities. The film is poorly done, and they could have done something interesting here, but the film simply falls flat and becomes tiring very quickly. The weakness about this film is the poorly written script, and it feels like they simply just cut and pasted other elements from previous rom-com to make this film. The result is a horrible film, and is one that I found painful to finish, however I managed to do it. This is a definite failure of a comedy, one that a poor cast and poor directing has made this film a film to avoid. I hated this film. I thought it was a waste of time I wish they would stop making romantic comedies because it's always predictable despite a different twist on a familiar story. This film was horrible and the only I can recommend you is to avoid this. Sandra Bullock is better than this. Even Ryan Reynolds. However in this film they're awful. The Proposal is a cliché riddled film that is not worth your time. Watch Bridesmaids instead, you're time will be better spent watching that film that this piece of garbage.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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