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The Proposal (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 19 June 2009 (USA)
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A pushy boss forces her young assistant to marry her in order to keep her visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada.

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For three years, Andrew Paxton has slaved as the assistant to Margaret Tate, hard-driving editor at a New York publisher. When Margaret, a Canadian, faces deportation for an expired visa, she hatches a scheme to marry Andrew - he agrees if she'll promise a promotion. A skeptical INS agent vows to test the couple about each other the next Monday. Andrew had plans to fly home that weekend for his grandma's 90th, so Margaret goes with him - to Sitka, Alaska - where mom, dad, and grams await. Family dynamics take over: tensions between dad and Andrew, an ex-girlfriend, Andrew's dislike of Margaret, and her past color the next few days, with the INS ready to charge Andrew with fraud. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$33,627,598 (USA) (21 June 2009)

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$163,958,031 (USA)
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Trivia

Betty White almost turned down her role in the film because filming would require her to spend ten weeks away from her golden retriever. See more »

Goofs

Early scene - bedtime - shows sun's movement to indicate location within Arctic Circle, but the sun angle in subsequent scenes could only occur at much lower latitudes. See more »

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[first lines]
Andrew Paxton: Shit!
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.3 (2010) See more »

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It Takes Two
Written by James Brown and Rob Base (as Robert Ginyard)
Performed by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock (as DJ E-Z Rock)
Courtesy of Profile Records, Inc. and RCA/Jive Label Group, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Contains a sample of "Think About It"
Performed by Lyn Collins
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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better than expected
14 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We went into this movie more or less out of despair; the cinema offerings seemed uniformly lousy and we simply wanted to see a movie that looked like fun. This one looked stupid: I'd seen Betty White promoting the movie on Jimmy Fallon's show and the scene shown was idiotic, though it did have a couple of amusing lines. Well, we were all pleasantly surprised. The outcome of the plot might be predictable, but the road getting there is surprisingly sharp and entertaining. There are quite a few witty lines and exchanges, and the delivery and timing of the two stars and, of course, of Betty White are just about perfect. Both of the lead characters have surprises in their backgrounds to reveal, and the settings are beautiful. There are one or two scenes that are clunkers, but even the dopey episode with White's Grandma Annie doing a ritualistic dance in the woods ends up having some relevance to a later plot event. The movie is well thought-out and well executed, and the actors create characters who engage us, even if we don't know anyone quite like them in our own lives.


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