Time for Grading Girl to act as TLC @ the movies!! I’m a firm believer that one can’t see too many movies or read too many books!!! Both provide an entertaining outlet or informative tool, both open us up to vicarious experiences we may not achieve in real life such as traveling to strange lands or achieving grandiose feats, and both open us up to different point of views that provide new perspectives on our own lives. In other words, books and movies help us live more consciously!!!
The Proposal is one of those walk-out-of-the-theatre-smiling movies. It was funny, entertaining and charming. It is a story of a pushy editor-in-chief of a publishing company, Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock), who forces her young assistant, Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds), to marry her in order to keep her Visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada. He grudgingly accepts, under the condition that he is promoted to the position of editor. When the government investigates, the two are forced to spend the weekend with his parents in Alaska in order to sell the lie. The family suggest they could marry the same weekend, and they reluctantly accept. The problem is that they start to fall genuinely in love as they spend more and more time together.
I found myself smiling through much of this movie as I watched the family (including lovable cast members Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, and Betty White) warmly welcome Margaret to their home with open arms. I found myself laughing out loud as I watched Margaret try to acclimate herself to the unique traditions of the family while fighting her confusing feelings toward Andrew at the same time. Sandra Bullock transitions effortlessly from the icy, stoic boss to the charmingly clutzy girl out of her element. She still steals the show at age 44 and the first nude scene of her career (the funniest scene in the movie!) proves she still commands the screen. I have to admit I didn’t know who Ryan Reynolds was before this movie. His biggest claim to fame before this movie was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This week’s Entertainment Weekly proclaims him as the “Our New Favorite Leading Man.” He’s certainly easy on the eyes and his portrayal of Andrew displayed his sweet, sensitive comedic side. The two stars certainly have a magnetic chemistry despite their age difference.
There is plenty of rustic scenery to back-up the chemistry (with Massachusetts standing in for Palin country), and the absolutely adorable Samoyed family puppy steals a few scenes as well (GG loooooves this doggy!!!!). The only problem I have with this movie is that the buildup of their genuine feelings eventually leads to some tired and silly flourishes. There is one scene, in fact, that is so outwardly predictable it becomes cliche.
In the end, Grading Girl gives “The Proposal” a solid B. If you want a fun movie that will make you smile, laugh and remember that life can have happy endings, go see this movie. It progresses to the somewhat predictable ending rather quickly but it provides great entertainment. GG recommends it for a summer night movie!!