Do you hate your boss? Do you find yourself dreaming of the day they quit, are fired or simply decide to get another job? If you said yes to any of those, you can relate to Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds).
Hard working, loyal and handsome Andrew has worked as an assistant for the tyrannous Editor at a New York publishing house, Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) for three long years. When Margaret faces deportation to her native Canada she hatches an ingenious plan that would have her stay in the country… as Andrew’s new wife. After a deal is hammered out between the two – Andrew asks for a promotion as well as a break with his manuscript – Andrew and Margaret pose as the happy to-be couple.
As luck would have it Margaret’s plan coincides with Andrew’s plan to return home to his native Alaska. There, as Margaret settles into the ruse, the two see sides of each other they never knew existed. Eventually, the love and hate relationship begins to blossom into something more.
Right off the bat – with famously comedic actors such as Bullock, Reynolds and appearances from Betty White as Andrew’s kooky grandmother – this film comes across as the classic rom-com. Woman doesn’t like/know man and the two are thrown together in an unlikely turn of events. Woman begins to like/know man and the two realize that they were meant to be with each other. I won’t say that The Proposal is any different; however, it is one of my favourites.
The chemistry between Bullock and Reynolds is undeniable and radiates from the moment the film opens. Both are talented and comedically gifted and take command of a movie that Bullock knows inside out at this point in her storied career. While the film is somewhat predictable, there is an emotional element to it that allows the viewer to understand why Bullock’s character is chronically called “the witch”. We also come to understand the confusing path that Andrew chose considering the background he comes from – a rich industrious family that basically built the town of Sitka, Alaska from the ground up.
We discover that Margaret was orphaned as a child and that Andrew doesn't want to step into his father's shoes and take over the family business. We watch as viewers and see two very different and yet similar personalities emerge from these two people who have worked closely together for three years but knew nothing of each other.
I would suggest this film for someone who doesn't necessarily like chick-flicks that go over the top. This one is both hilarious and touching at the same time and gives the viewer the idea that they might not be watching something that falls into the same category as "P.S I Love You" or "Leap Year".