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.
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.
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.