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Proposal, The (DVD Review)

6 Oct, 2009 By: Angelique Flores


Street 10/13/09
Box Office $162.8 million, $29.99 DVD, $39.99 two-DVD set, $44.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG-13’ for sexual content, nudity and language.
Stars Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Craig T. Nelson, Malin Akerman, Betty White.

Stereotypes are turned upside down in this romantic comedy.

Margaret is a high-powered book editor, played by the fetching and funny Sandra Bullock. She has made her job her life, and makes the lives of those at her job miserable. No one is more yanked around than Andrew (Ryan Reynolds), Margaret’s smart, young executive assistant.

When Margaret faces deportation to her home country of Canada, she coerces Andrew to marry her in order to stay in the United States and, more importantly for her, to keep her job. Andrew agrees, with the stipulation that she give him a promotion and publish his manuscript.

In order to play it off and fool the INS, Margaret accompanies Andrew to his home in Sitka, Alaska, for Grandma Annie’s (Betty White) 90th birthday.

There’s no surprise ending to how the relationship between Margaret and Andrew plays out. What I did find surprising (in a good way) was that no one really questioned Margaret’s older age compared to Andrew’s. Audiences often accept the older-man/younger-woman scenario, but this was a breath of fresh air. Also, the people of the town of Sitka aren’t portrayed like stereotypical, simple small-town folk. They’re bright, successful people with businesses, wealth and open minds.

Some delightful elements of the film are Bullock’s physical comedy, Betty White’s sassy-yet-sweet portrayal of Annie and the hilarious waiter-stripper-store clerk Ramone (Oscar Nuñez).

Bonus materials include two deleted scenes, one of which, although too long, helps the love story come to life. The deleted scenes as well as a cheesier and much-too-sweet alternate ending come with optional commentary by director Anne Fletcher and writer Peter Chiarelli.

Fletcher and Chiarelli also offer a playful audio commentary, with behind-the-scenes tidbits and batch of compliments for the cast and crew. A featurette of on-set antics, that surprisingly isn’t as funny as the film, rounds out the extras.

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