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The Proposal
BLU-RAY disk
Oct 9, 2009 By: J.A. Hamilton
The Proposal order
Director:
Anne Fletcher

Actors:
Ryan Reynolds
Sandra Bullock
Betty White

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A work-obsessed she-devil of an editor comes up with a last minute scheme to stay in the country when her Visa is revoked: She tells the higher ups she’s marrying her assistant. Problems arise when she blackmails him into cooperating and Immigration starts to catch on.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
THE PROPOSAL was nowhere near the shipwreck I assumed it would be, on the flip side, I rather enjoyed it. The plot was entertaining enough, a career driven woman determined to do whatever it takes to avoid being deported from the US after neglecting the proper paperwork. It’s an original enough spin on the situation to keep you interested, and the witty banter that ensues after dropping this bomb on her assistant (whose life she’s made a living hell for the past three years) is like the box says, “laugh-out-loud funny” more often than not. I’m not big on this genre, but if I had to sit through one (which I did), I would certainly much rather it feature Ryan Reynolds’ dry humor than most of the other stuff going around.

What really sells this film for me is the cast. I’m a big fan of Ryan Reynolds, and though he’s not cutting bullets in half with a sword or sporting green spandex and a cosmic ring of power, he still manages to be a crowd pleaser (at least I thought so). I’m not usually sold on Sandra Bullock, but her ice princess routine does grow on you here, and God help me, she’s looking pretty damn hot these days. Bullock and Reynolds have a fantastic chemistry brewing inside their “love/hate” business arrangement, which is only made better by the addition of Reynolds’ eccentric family. I wouldn’t call them the Fockers, but they provide more than enough zest to get the job done.

The Blu-ray visuals soar when you reach the serene Alaskan landscapes, but I have to say, Alaska sure as hell doesn’t look as cold as I envisioned it (and I assumed if you were to fall in the water like Bullock did, you’d die of hypothermia in minutes but I guess not). I’ll be honest, I missed director Anne Fletcher’s last two pieces of work (27 DRESSES and STEP UP), but she certainly does a great job here (and keep an eye out for her in the film, she plays the character Jill).

The only real flaw you’ll find with THE PROPOSAL is the “all too obvious” storyline which even a blind man could see coming a mile away. The good news is, the characters are fun, the writing is good, the acting is believable and there’s more than enough laughs to go around (Ramone the stripper, Grandma Annie’s forest dance and the eagle/puppy bit being my favorites). You know where this is going but you enjoy the ride, and that, to me, is the key to making a worthwhile romantic comedy these days. It’s also fair to point out that the immigration officer antagonist’s character appears to have been stolen from CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC, but the montage of questions/interviews he conducts as the credits roll will make you laugh your ass off.
THE EXTRAS
Audio Commentary with Director Anne Fletcher and Writer Peter Chiarelli: First and foremost I was disappointed with the lack of Ryan Reynolds up in here, but these two weren’t as boring as I thought they’d be. I found it interesting that they say Granny’s dance scene was originally supposed to be done by Reynolds’ father. I can’t see that being nearly as funny.

Deleted Scenes: Three scenes clocking in at just over six minutes. Personally, these are six minutes that should have stayed in, the phone call from the Immigration guy especially (and who doesn’t like a little extra Malin Akerman).

Alternate Ending: Well, I can see why they went with the other ending as it packed a far more serious (tear inducing) punch, but this one’s good too, the tone’s simply funny as opposed to serious.

Set Antics: Outtakes and other Absurdities from The Proposal: A Ryan Reynolds flick without a gag reel just wouldn’t be right, especially if it’s a comedy. Good cast = good times. This is a fun six minutes.

Sneak Peeks: Four movie trailers, a preview for LOST, SCRUBS and a Blu-ray commercial. The Robin Williams and John Travolta comedy OLD DOGS looks pretty funny.

Digital Copy: There is also a DIGITAL COPY of this film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Admittedly, for a guy who’s not overly fond of these flicks, ninety percent of the reason I enjoyed this was due to Ryan Reynolds, and because of him, I was able to open my mind to the experience. Of course, truth be known, this flick IS pretty funny and not a bad way to spend some time with your significant other.

Extra Tidbit: I had an invite to Ryan Reynold's New Years Eve Party the year WAITING came out. I missed it because of work, and I'm still pretty angry about it.
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