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The Proposal (12A)

PUBLISHED: 12:49 22 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:37 24 August 2010

www.theproposalmovie.co.uk By Alex Wellman Oh Sandra Bullock, where have you been for so many years? For such a long time as I grew up in secondary school, Ms Bullock, you were the apple of my eye with De

www.theproposalmovie.co.uk

By Alex Wellman

Oh Sandra Bullock, where have you been for so many years?

For such a long time as I grew up in secondary school, Ms Bullock, you were the apple of my eye with Demolition Man and Speed.

And then you seemed to disappear.

Now you are back, a little older but still looking good, with the latest Walt Disney rom-com The Proposal.

Bullock plays hard-nosed Canadian book editor Margaret Tate who runs her New York office with a ruthless streak and who has more balls than the rest of the men put together.

Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) is her put upon assistant who gets her coffee, prepares her schedule and generally organises her life, all the while dreaming of making it to the top of the industry.

Called into the head office one day by top bosses, Margaret's world is turned upside down when she is told that her visa has expired and she will have to leave the country and ultimately lose her job.

When Andrew knocks on the door to tell Margaret she has a phone call, the canny woman spies a chance and tells her bosses that she is engaged to the young man thus ending her visa problem.

The two then head off to Andrew's home town for his grandmother's birthday where they have to fool his parents, friends and relatives into believing they are the real deal in order to get that visa.

Ultimately a standard romantic comedy, The Proposal is just popping its head above the waters of mediocrity thanks to the likeability of the two leads.

While not quite able to pull of the tough boss role too well, Bullock shines as the shy, proud woman slowly opening up to the family life she has always yearned for.

Reynolds, always an easy person to watch, brings charm and good humour to his role and really proves once again that comedy is his forte.

Good support comes from Betty White as the wacky grandmother and Mary Steenburgen and Craig T. Nelson as the parents.

One or two solid laughs are mixed with occasional chuckles and the odd soppy moment but The Proposal is a good addition to the rom-com canon.


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