Review: The Proposal

I was fortunate to see a preview screening of this film on Tuesday evening at The Odeon, Silverlink, Wallsend. The screening itself was very busy, and predominately female. It was a fairly good romantic comedy, and Bullock and Reynolds created some laugh out loud moments throughout. They were able to achieve a certain chemistry that has been lacking in other similar romantic comedies of late.

Sandra Bullock plays the part of an executive in a book publishing company, who forces her assistant/lackey/dogsbody (Ryan Reynolds) to agree to marry her in order to avoid deportation to Canada. He goes along with this madness, but throws in a few conditions of his own – it’s get your own back time on the up-tight, always the boss, city girl, who takes no prisoners in the workplace and who is the best man for the job.

Off they go to Alaska, to a very pretty seaside town, and we are met with the most beautiful scenery. This film is visually stunning – you would almost expect to see a few humpback whales breaching. It took my breath away in places.

Bullock and Reynolds are supported by a fine cast – Betty White, Oscar Nunez, Mary Steenburgen and Craig T. Nelson. Many of the funniest scenes are stolen by Ramone (Oscar Nunez), who seems to have several jobs in the town, including night-club dancer/stripper and minister. Betty White’s character was fabulous, wise-cracking and sensitive at the same time.

This is a light-weight rom-com with several funny scenes. It is frivolous and light-hearted, and a delightful way to spend a couple of hours. Would I recommend it?

Yes, unreservedly.

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