I really am a sucker for a good romantic comedy, it actually don’t even have to be that good, just enjoyable.
The Proposal is a really good formulaic romantic comedy. It follows Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock), a Canadian book editor, who works at a publishing firm in New York City. She has just found out that her visa hasn’t been updated and that she will have to leave the country immediately which will cause her to lose the job that she loves, because to renew her visa, she will have to be out of the country for at least a year. So she does the only thing that she can think of. She blackmail her devoted assistant, Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds), of three years to marry her or she will ruin his career. Andrew agrees to this, but he must now take her to Alaska to meet and tell his family the good news. This is where the fun begins.
There is no question about it. This movie is formulaic. It follow the romantic comedy formula almost to a tee. This really doesn’t bug me that much though, as I’m a really big fan of this formula. The one problem is that you pretty much know the ending, but I like to see the process more than the ending, and that’s not always the same. When it is, as this movie is, you still get to see a nice story of how they’ve become to love each other.
As the movie genre suggest, it is a romantic comedy. But I was really surprise as to how funny this movie was. There was some really good one liners and Bullock and Reynolds have some great comedic timing. They also had some great chemistry.
Bullock is pretty much a pro at this genre so it comes to no surprise, she pretty much made her name making romantic comedies. It is good to see her go back to what she does best as she had foray into making more dramas. It had been a long time since I had seen her in a good romantic comedy or a good movie in general. With the exception of Crash, I don’t think she had done anything good since Two Weeks Notice. I still haven’t seen The Blind Side though, and I hear very good thing from that movie.
Ryan Reynolds is still kind of unknown in this genre, which is amazing, since I’ve been watching him for over a decade. I loved him in Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, it was such a underated show which didn’t get a chance to flourish. My guest is to why Reynolds is not well-known for this genre, is because he’s got a broader acting criteria. He also does a lot of action movies, and a few dramas and horrors. It’s really hard to see someone go from an action or horror movie to romantic comedies. But he’s got a couple good ones under his belts already. Just Friends and Definitely, Maybe are really good romantic comedies. I love Van Wilder and Waiting, but they are not romantic comedies, they’re just comedies.
The supporting cast was also really great. Betty White was awesome as the quirky grand mother. Mary Steenburgen and Craig T. Nelson are just seasoned professional who really knows how to act no matter what the genre the movie is.
The Proposal was very enjoyable and funnier than I had expected. It does follow the formula, but I still love to see how they get to that ultimate end. I love all the actors in this movie, they were just great and knew exactly what they are supposed to be doing.
The Proposal gets a 3.5 out of 5.