A summer-smash in the US, Anne Fletcher’s follow-up to 27 Dresses is an old-fashioned odd-couple comedy which might appeal to admirers of the bland charisma of Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.
In a plot that blatantly reworks the central idea of Peter Weir’s considerably superior Green Card, Bullock plays Margaret Tate, a bullish publisher who faces deportation to Canada. Her only route to remaining in her swanky Madison Avenue job involves bullying her put-upon assistant Andrew (Reynolds) into a fake marriage to fool the customs officials.
First-time writer Peter Chiarelli offers up an annoyingly contrived script, which involves Margaret and Andrew going to visit his family in Alaska, cueing slapstick falling-in-the-water pratfalls as they try to maintain their pretence under scrutiny. It’s surprising that Bullock produced The Proposal, given the indignities she suffers, including having the posing pouch of a male stripper ground into her face, and a nude scene in which she and Reynolds conceal their modesty with tiny face cloths.
While the supporting players, including Craig T Nelson and Mary Steenburgen, are reliable and the locations are bright, The Proposal is soulless, manipulative fare.
General release from Wed 22 Jul.