The problem with most romantic comedies is that they are utterly absurd. Maybe there are some couples who eat this stuff up and think it’s entertaining. I on the other hand can’t stand them. How do you spot a romantic comedy? They’re ultimately not romantic or comedic. A lot of them star Matthew McConaughey. Sandra Bullock has had her fair share, as well, including Two Weeks Notice, Forces of Nature, Two if by Sea and now The Proposal. Let’s not forget she has another romantic comedy coming out later this year called All About Steve. Stunningly enough, McConaughey and Bullock haven’t starred in a rom-com together, but they were in A Time to Kill together, so the groundwork has been laid. Maybe we’ll see that next year.
Bullock stars at Margaret Tate, a pain-in-the-ass book editor who makes her employees lives a living hell. You would hope Bullock’s character is not a rip-off Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) from The Devil Wears Prada. One employee feels her wrath the most is Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), an assistant who is called everyday by his family to quit his job. Yes, Andrew hates his job but also seems dedicated to it as well, like when Margaret makes him cancel on his grandmother’s 90th birthday to stay at work. When Margaret, who is Canadian working in New York City, is threatened to be deported by her boss, she must come up with a “proposed” plan to stay in the States or lose her job. She decides to use Andrew (Reynolds is actually Canadian) as a pawn by making him marry her so she can stay in the country. When Andrew refuses to do so, Margaret threatens him with his job. While visiting the immigration office, they’re asked if Andrew’s parents know about it. Margaret says they plan on visiting them that weekend, having no idea his parents live in Alaska. Andrew and Margaret decide to go to Alaska and announce they’re forced fake marriage to Andrew’s family to make it sound legit to the immigration office. While up there, they must act like an engaged couple to convince Andrew’s parents, Joe and Grace Paxton (Craig T. Nelson, “Coach” and Mary Steenburgen, Step Brothers). During the visit, Andrew’s family convinces the fake couple to get married in Alaska. While dealing with the wedding plans, they begin to change and actually show feelings for each other. Wow, who saw that coming?
Anne Flecther, who directed such hit-making crap like Step Up and 27 Dresses, directs The Proposal. Pete Chiarelli wrote the screenplay, making his big-screen debut.
The Proposal looks like clichéd tripe (“Do they really expect us to swallow that tripe?”) and it might it even top Ghosts of Girlfriends Past in that category. You would think Andrew would simply just contact human resources and report on Margaret, but no, he just acts like an idiot for a plot device in a worthless movie.
The Proposal opens June 19th.