The Proposal is one of those romantic comedies that you wouldn’t necessarily call good, but there are worse ways to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon than watching Sandra Bullock (Ms Oscar Nominee) and Ryan Reynolds (Mr Scarlett Johansson) on screen (though let’s face it, not many).
Without giving too much away, Bullock plays Magaret Tate, the bitchy executive editor-in-chief of a publishing company, and Reynolds is Andrew Paxton, her hard-working assistant. You can pretty much work out the whole story from there if you have a think about the name of the film (ie The Proposal), the poster, and what type of roles Bullock and Reynolds seem to always play in rom-coms. And to top it off, the director is Anne Fletcher, who was at the helm of Step Up and 27 Dresses. Let’s stop pretending the movie is not entirely predictable.
Fortunately, The Proposal does have some funny parts, and it does have a bit of heart. There are a few decent laughs, mostly involving Bullock and her silly character traits, though Reynolds does have surprisingly good comedic timing. However, it’s not what I would call a hilarious movie – a number of jokes don’t quite have the intended effect, and a few simply fall flat.
Another plus of the film is that there a couple of minor breaks from the ordinary rom-com cliches, and a few unexpected little twists. You probably wouldn’t even notice them, but they’re there.
What I probably liked most was that the film was set in a major publishing company. Though the opening scenes were relatively short, it was interesting to see how a place like that worked. I’m not so sure I’d like to work in one now!
3 out of 5 stars!
[PS: Sandra Bullock’s character unfortunately reminds me of quite a few power women at work. Despite the fact that it’s hilarious to make fun of them, their lives are actually really really sad.]