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The Proposal

When high-powered book editor Margaret faces deportation to her native Canada, the quick-thinking exec declares that she's actually engaged to her unsuspecting put-upon assistant Andrew, who she's tormented for years. He agrees to participate in the charade, but with a few conditions of his own. The unlikely couple heads to Alaska to meet his quirky family, and the always-in-control city girl finds herself in one comedic fish-out-of-water situation after another. With an impromptu wedding in the… Show more

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June 19, 2009 - Boston.com - Wesley Morris, Globe Staff

Casting a romantic comedy is like eating. Just because you like sardines and cheese doesn’t mean you like them together. Sardines and cheese together is gross. As it turns out, so is the pairing of Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. Individually, his sarcasm can be amusing, and her straining for comedy is occasionally funny. In “The Proposal,’’ neither brings out anything good in the other, and watching them try hurts the eyes, the tummy, and the libido. The nature of the genre, regardless of how it begins, ends with both parties in each other’s arms. And while I watched these two sets of lips (one set being a little fuller than I recall) head for collision, I prayed the movie might fall off the assembly line and jostle loose the dreaded oncoming event. I’ve rarely been less lucky. What is the opposite of fireworks? When two people kiss, can firing squads go off?

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Jun 28, 2009 - GreaterBostonBill on The Proposal
Could Have Been So Much Better

OK, so I went to this film knowing that it wasn't high art. That's fine. I have really liked Sandra Bullock in any number of roles and I figured this film would be entertaining. Which it really wasn't. There was a negative chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock that really made the plot line impossible. The result for me was that the further the movie went, the more improbable it became. The end was completely wacko.

The fact that the Alaska scenes in this film were shot in Massachusetts (was that Rockport with mountains in the background?) just added to the surreal disconnect. By the time the film was over the only conclusion I was left with was that the two protagonists were each separately in need of intense psychotherapy.

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