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The Proposal (I) (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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Alicia Hunt ...
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Alexis Garcia ...
Immigration Clerk (as Alexis R. Garcia)


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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Here comes the bribe...


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

19 June 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La propuesta  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$33,627,598 (USA) (19 June 2009)


$163,947,053 (USA) (30 October 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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225 Franklin St, Boston, was the real location of The Colden Books office. The entire main office, including Margaret's & Bob's offices, were completely rebuilt and replicated at Disney Studios in Burbank, CA for pickups and re-shoots in January 2009. See more »


Just after Margaret and Andrew bump into each other after she comes out of the shower, we see Andrew stepping out of the bathroom to talk about the dog. When the scene cuts, he is seen stepping out of the bathroom again. See more »


[first lines]
Andrew Paxton: Shit!
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Enterprising young assistant takes on hard-nosed boss - romance ensues!
7 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Producer/star Sandra Bullock turns out what looks like another box office smash. Typical of most "chick-flicks," the trailer tells you just about everything you're going to see. Unexpectedly, though, the surprises come from behind the scenes. The film looks gorgeous (and not just the two lead actors): the prettiness of the interior sets is matched by the choice of locations. While much of the film is set amidst the beauty of a seaside town in Alaska, even New York City is made to look like something out of a story book. It hasn't looked this good since the era of Doris Day. Typical of such a film, the costumes, even on the extras in the background, are so well-coordinated with the locations that the whole thing feels like a "realist fantasy."

Likewise, the plot itself is reminiscent of the romantic comedies of half a century ago - complete with their morality, albeit updated enough in a post-feminist era for Ryan Reynolds' masculinity to function credibly in "the Doris Day role." This he handles extremely well, although Sandra Bullock deserves most of the praise. As a producer, she knows her on- screen strengths and weaknesses, and, most importantly, she knows her audience and, despite the hard-nosed ice-queen she chooses to play here, everyone will continue to love her. Frankly, I was surprised to see so many empty seats at the sneak-preview last night in Boston, but I hope that doesn't get the filmmakers down. The audience loved this film and it's going to get positive word-of-mouth from whoever sees it - young or old. It's going to be around for a long time.

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