The Proposal was an unexpected hit. The romantic comedy seemed filled with the usual clichés, but it turned out to have some laughs. And you can never underestimate the likability factor of Sandra Bullock.
And Bullock, 45, is matched in that factor by Ryan Reynolds, her younger — by more than a decade — co-star. At least the age difference is part of the plot. Bullock plays a dragon-lady book editor named Margaret, who abuses her male Friday, Andrew (Reynolds), as well as the rest of the staff.
It turns out she is a Canadian citizen and has let her visa expire. Suddenly, she has to find a way to stay in the States. Green card marriage, anyone?
Using a bribe (the promise of a promotion) and blackmail (the threat of firing), Margaret persuades Andrew to marry her, but that entails a trip to his parents' home in Alaska, where she learns that her poor assistant isn't so poor after all. In fact, he's wealthy, but his father disapproves of his career choice, preferring he come home and run the family business.
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As Margaret and Andrew put on their charade, the two predictably lock horns and ultimately do the mating dance. I'm not sure why I found it in any way amusing, but I did, which I attribute to Bullock's and Reynolds' charms more than the script or direction by Anne Fletcher.
The Proposal retails for $29.99, or $44.99 on Blu-ray.