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"The Proposal" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John Johnson

The ProposalSynopsis

Margaret Tate (Bullock) is the Editor-in-Chief of a book publishing company called Ruick & Hunt.

The staff hate her because she is a take-no-prisoners type of personality.

Her personal assistant, Andrew Paxton (Reynolds), particularly dislikes her because he is around her all the time.

One afternoon, the president of the company calls her into his office and says that she is being deported back to her native country, Canada, because she didn't fill out the immigration papers correctly.

Realizing that she would not be deported if she were married, she tells the president that she and Andrew are engaged. Andrew reluctantly agrees, knowing that after the marriage, they can get a divorce and all will be well.

Down at the Immigration Services however, they are told that if this is a fraudulent marriage for the purpose of keeping Margaret from being deported, Andrew could go to prison for five years.

So, Andrew uses this to make the deal a bit sweeter for himself, insisting that she promote him to Editor and publish his manuscript into a book.

They travel to Alaska to meet Andrew's family, because Margaret has an appointment with the Immigration Services to be questioned in great detail, and if she doesn't know the answers to questions about Andrew's family, the ruse will be discovered.

What happens in Alaska is the comedic core of the story, with an ending that all of you would guess.

 

Specifications

  • Touchstone
  • 2009, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 48 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Craig T. Nelson, Mary Steenburgen, Betty White
  • Directed by Anne Fletcher
    Rating
  • Entertainment:
  • Video:
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Nudity
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Sandra Bullock always is enjoyable in movies because of her talent for getting into and out of very funny situations.

Technical

The image is not as sharp as it should be, and there is essentially no use of the surround channels.

Extras

These include an Alternate Ending, Director's Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Outtakes, and other things.