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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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19 June 2009 (USA)  »

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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

At the immigration office, on Mr. Gilbertson's desk is a copy of the book "U.S. Citizenship for Dummies." See more »

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The red buoy is number 27. Actually red buoys are even numbers, not odd numbers. See more »

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[first lines]
Andrew Paxton: Shit!
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Featured in This Morning: Episode dated 15 July 2009 (2009) 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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Decent Proposal
29 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, if I could split the movie into two, I would say that the first half is a superb Proposal and the second half is fairly traditional Hollywood pablum. In the first half, the wonderful comedic timing and chemistry between Bullock and Reynolds was terrific. The writing was first-rate intellectual, snappy sparring, even throwing in some literary references in the put-downs. Kudos to the Director, Anne Fletcher, and the Screenwriter, Pete Chiarelli.

The completely different tone in the second half, I surmise, could only be attributed to the studios/producers stepping in and stating that the film must appeal to a wider audience. We, then, get lots of family characters thrown in, with a great reduction of Bullock and Reynolds mutual screen time. And when they do share time in the second half, it's more about slapstick/physical humor (cue studios/producers needing appeal to wider, a.k.a, younger audience). Maudlin music comes in on the soundtrack, letting us know that this part of the movie is supposed to tug on our heartstrings.

I don't buy the inevitable resolution either. I don't believe that it is supported well or justified by what came before it.

The 1st 45 minutes is WELL worth seeing. I wish the filmmakers could have pushed and maintained the pace and feel for the entire movie. Reynolds and Bullock are so good, they could be this generation's Tracy and Hepburn. I'd like to see them in another project that follows through all the way.

BTW, this film was actually shot in Boston and (the Alaska scenes) in Manchester by the Sea and Rockport on the North Shore with digital effects adding snow capped mountains. You might even recognize Motif No.1, a famous small building on a wharf in Rockport which has been the subject of many famous painters' and photographers' work. It was also fun seeing some of my local Boston area acting colleagues doing background work in the film.


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