It's probably to no one's surprise that "The Proposal" doesn't reinvent the wheel; in fact, it could probably make for a sitcom. However, the film manages to succeed reasonably well thanks largely to the interesting pairing of Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock. Reynolds stars as Andrew, an assistant to Margaret (Bullock), whose ice queen ways create a rather uncomfortable work environment.
However, Margaret soon finds the tables turned on her when she goes in for a meeting and finds out that she's soon to be deported back to her native Canada thanks to a paperwork issue that's her fault - unless she gets married. Andrew quickly finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time when he interrupts, and Margaret finds him a convenient target for a quickie marriage.
Soon enough, they're going to the immigration office where the agent lets them know in no uncertain terms what will occur if the marriage is phony. While they have an appointment to be quizzed by the agent on Monday, the weekend sees the two heading off to see Andrew's parents (Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson), who live in Alaska. Not surprisingly, he knows all about her and she knows little about him. When she asks about her allergies, he replies, "Pine nuts, and the full spectrum of human emotion."
It's not terribly surprising that the two initially hate one another, but after a trip to Alaska where they gradually learn more about what makes one another tick, they warm up to one another (well, "warm up to one another" in Alaska probably isn't accurate - they "like each other more", I guess.) However, what makes the film work again, are Reynolds and Bullock. While Bullock isn't the most believable ice queen ever, she's unexpectedly convincing in the role. Reynolds shows his usual skill with (usually sarcastic) throwaway one-liners. Nelson and Steenburgen offer fine supporting efforts, but it's Betty White that gets a few particularly good laughs.
Overall, "The Proposal" doesn't deliver a whole lot in the way of surprises, but the picture does move at a nice clip, deliver fine performances and manage to be consistently at least mildly entertaining. Not a classic, but a nice way to spend an afternoon.
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VIDEO: "The Proposal" is offered by Touchstone Home Entertainment in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is an uneven presentation of the film - while certainly not bad, there were a few concerns spotted. Sharpness and detail looked average, as while the picture wasn't hazy, finer details could look a tad fuzzy at times.
Some mild edge enhancement also caused concern in some scenes, as did a few minor instances of noise. The print looked to be in fine shape, with no specks, marks or other debris. Colors looked a tad flat, although the film may have looked this way theatrically, as well. Overall, this was a fair presentation.
SOUND: The film's Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack remained predictably (given the material) front-heavy, with little need for (or use of) the surrounds, aside from some light reinforcement of the score and ambience. Audio quality was fine, with crisp, well-recorded dialogue and a clear, detailed score.
EXTRAS: An unfortunate (one joke that goes on way too long) alternate ending w/writer/director commentary is offered. We also get a pair of deleted scenes, outtakes and writer/director commentary.
Final Thoughts: While "The Proposal" doesn't offer anything too new, it manages to move along at a nice pace and offer enjoyable performances from the leads. Not a classic, but a nice way to spend an afternoon.
The Film B-