List Film

The Proposal (2 stars)

comments
The Proposal

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.

(12A) 107min

General release from Wed 22 Jul.

The Proposal trailer

The Proposal

  • 2 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 107 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Anne Fletcher
  • Written by: Pete Chiarelli
  • Cast: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds

Odd-couple comedy follow-up to '27 Dresses' with a plot that blatantly reworks Peter Weir's considerably superior 'Green Card'. Bullock plays a bullish publisher who faces deportation to Canada. Her only route to remaining in her swanky job involves bullying her put-upon assistant Andrew (Reynolds) into a fake marriage.

Elsewhere on the web

Comments

Post a comment