Posted: 07/12/2009

 

The Proposal

(2009)

by Hank Yuloff



I Do. If it’s on cable


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Oh my goodness - Sandra Bullock naked!

Yea, that was going to be my entire review. But Editor In Chief Del sent it back to me asking for a skosh more detail.

Ok, you can’t really see much, and have to use your imagination, but she really IS naked.

In The Proposal, Sandra Bullock stars (naked) as Margaret Tate, an executive editor in chief for a publishing company who is known to her underlings as the Witch, and other words which rhyme with it. When she enters the office employees scatter like drops of water on a hot skillet. To make eye contact is to endure her wrath.

Sound familiar? Devil Wears Prada? Or the short lived TV Series Dirt? I was mentally planning to begin this review with comparisons as to how Tate isn’t even in the same league as Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly or Courteney Cox as Lucy Spiller when we are thrown a curve: Tate is Canadian born, living in New York, and is about to be deported for Visa violations. And what can keep someone from being deported? Marrying an American citizen!

Ok, now we have to find similarities with Billy from 1992 and dozens of television plots (the latest being on The New Adventures of Old Christine and Desperate Housewives).

Faced with this immediate loss of job, and home, Tate forces her assistant of three years, Andrew Paxon, to say they are about to be married. Paxon (Ryan Reynolds of Adventureland, Waiting, and Smokin Aces) sees the possibility of a promotion in the charade and grudgingly accepts to go along with the charade. With the government investigating their relationship they are forced to spend the weekend with his parents in Sitka, Alaska (been there, totally suggest you go) in order to prove they are a couple. When his family suggests they could marry the same weekend, they reluctantly accept. As must happen in the movie formula of Boy Meets Girl. Boy Hates Girl. Boy Agrees to Marry Her To Keep Her In The Country. Boy Gets Girl the more time they spend together, the more they begin to fall for each other.

Or maybe they just liked how they each looked naked.

I think that The Proposal is predictable. I think that it is an almost total chick flick. Most of the performances (with the notable exception of Betty White as Paxon’s grandmother) are acceptable but not special. This is probably because the characters are so one dimensional that they could fit under my office door.

But I do think that it is worth seeing if you get the chance to catch it on cable. If it’s included in your monthly fee, it can be a good spending of 90 minutes. But as for spending $20 for you and your date? I propose you go see something else.

Hank Yuloff is a writer in Los Angeles.



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