Title: The Proposal
Director: Anne Fletcher
Run time: 1hr 47m
“Sandra Bullock is at her funniest in the fresh, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy The Proposal. On the verge of being deported and losing the high-powered job she lives for, the controlling Margaret (Bullock) announces she’s engaged to her unsuspecting, put-upon assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds). After proposing a few demands of his own, the mismatched couple heads to Alaska, where they have four short days to convince his quirky family and a very skeptical immigration agent that their charade is real. Featuring a star-studded supporting cast, including Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson and the delightfully inappropriate Betty White, this madcap comedy will have you saying “yes” to The Proposal again and again.”
1:01 – I like the idea of being able to read and cycle at the same time.
7:36 – Yay for YouTube getting a mention.
8:30 – He has a nice Mac.
10:43 – I love that look of realisation when they get a “good” idea.
12:18 – His face!
15:10 – They didn’t do the thing where they cram about each other’s lives.
18:50 – Oh, they are not convincing.
20:42 – Proposing outside the immigration office? Not smart.
24:49 – That woman does not look 90!
32:02 – I would punch someone who put food in my mouth that I didn’t want.
40:09 – The sun is always there! How odd.
47:38 – The worrying thing is, I am very like Margaret.
53:35 – Who gets in a shower without checking for a towel first?
57:35 – What is the Psychic Network?
1:00:37 – Music is always an ice breaker.
1:03:47 – There’s a reason we ran away to sea to get married.
1:09:32 – Mr C says she dances like me too. Humph.
1:12:48 – Oh come on, even I can recognise a dial-up modem sound, it is ingrained on my brain! That sound equals waiting.
1:20:04 – Hijacking a boat certainly isn’t a good idea if you can’t swim.
1:26:40 – Does that man run the whole island? Ramone was the stripper and the registrar.
1:35:08 – She’s the best Gammy ever.
1:39:33 – Talk about giving the office some gossip.
1:40:05 – Immigration will never believe them a second time.
1:43:15 – Ooh, credits with added movie.
Whilst browsing through the rental options, Mr C and I discovered this romantic comedy. The trailer sold it to us, quite literally, as we couldn’t wait for the rental to come out. I’m a closet Sandra Bullock fan, and Mr C is a closet rom-com fan. Win-win.
Loved it. For a romantic comedy, it wasn’t completely predictable, they were both really funny, and the island dynamic was brilliant. I would watch it again, because even the mushy bits weren’t too gross.
Be Kind, Rewind – Feb 2015
Recovering from wisdom teeth removal can be painful but they say that laughter is the best medicine, so I was keen to rewatch as many comedies as possible. I remembered liking this one but I certainly don’t remember it being as good as it was. From the start, I like that there’s barely a stereotype – only the early film Sandra who is uptight and a scary boss. Otherwise we’ve got a male assistant, a fabulously cheeky grandma, a family struggling to reconcile when the child doesn’t want to do what’s expected of him.
There was more slapstick than I remember, the bit with the dog and falling overboard on the boat. There was also far more nudity than I remembered, but you couldn’t get two prettier people to do so. I watched this first time round when I was still hard-hearted, hence the mushy comment up above. In reality, now I have mellowed, it’s not mushy at all, it’s got the perfect amount of family warmth alongside romantic drama with two great leads.
The film really stood up on a second viewing after such a long time, it’s a proper favourite.