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The Proposal -- A pushy boss (Bullock) forces her young assistant (Reynolds) to marry her in order to keep her Visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada.
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Release Date:
19 June 2009 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Here comes the bribe...
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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Hard to admire, easy to enjoy See more (266 total) »

Cast

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Sandra Bullock ... Margaret Tate

Ryan Reynolds ... Andrew Paxton

Mary Steenburgen ... Grace Paxton

Craig T. Nelson ... Joe Paxton

Betty White ... Grandma Annie

Denis O'Hare ... Mr. Gilbertson

Malin Akerman ... Gertrude

Oscar Nuñez ... Ramone

Aasif Mandvi ... Bob Spaulding

Michael Nouri ... Chairman Bergen

Michael Mosley ... Chuck

Dale Place ... Jim McKittrick
Alicia Hunt ... Coffee Barista
Alexis Garcia ... Immigration Clerk (as Alexis R. Garcia)

Kortney Adams ... Colden Books Receptionist

Chris Whitney ... Medivac Pilot

Jerrell Lee Wesley ... Jordan (as Jerell Lee Wesley)
Gregg Edelman ... Lead Counsel Malloy
Phyllis Kay ... Mrs. McKittrick

Kate Lacey ... Party Guest
Gene Fleming ... Store Owner

Mary Linda Rapelye ... Executive Secretary

Anne Fletcher ... Jill
B. Johnson ... Guy in Office
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cindi Alex ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Ellen Becker-Gray ... Woman Buying Coffee (uncredited)
Raymond Michael Bell ... Shopper (uncredited)
Brian Bradbury ... Airline Crew (uncredited)

Jodie Brunelle ... Engagement Party Guest (uncredited)

Chemi Che-Mponda ... African Immigrant at INS Office (uncredited)
Desiree April Connolly ... Office Worker (uncredited)
Diane Curran ... 1st Class Airline Passenger (uncredited)

Eric Ferraz ... Immigrant at INS Office (uncredited)
Shawn Fogarty ... Alaska Plane Passenger (uncredited)

John Franchi ... Taxicab Driver (uncredited)
Alexander 'Alex' Garde ... (uncredited)

Dan Griffin ... Businessman / Pedestrian on Sidewalk (uncredited)

Sophya Gudelman ... Sitka Airline Passenger (uncredited)

Joseph Guglielmo ... Gay Friend (uncredited)

London Hall ... Wedding and Reception Guest (uncredited)
Patrick Mel Hayes ... Office Worker (uncredited)

Frankie Imbergamo ... Int. Airline Passenger (uncredited)

Haytham Kandil ... Lawyer (uncredited)

Dan Marshall ... Lawyer at Publishing Company (uncredited)
Robert Masiello ... Businessman (uncredited)
Ben L. Mitchell ... Mail Clerk (uncredited)
Ron Murphy ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Niecy Nash ... Stewardess (uncredited)
Thomas Olson ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Nikki Preston ... Businesswoman (uncredited)
Cory Rasmussen ... Mail Room Clerk (uncredited)
Donna Glee Reim ... Reception Guest (uncredited)

Annie Rohling ... INS Employee (uncredited)
Darren Ross ... Businessman (uncredited)
Eric Ryan ... Ground Crewmen (uncredited)
Cory Scott ... Bagel Guy (uncredited)

Rich Skinner ... New York Cab Driver (uncredited)

Ylian Alfaro Snyder ... Immigrant at INS Office (uncredited)
Vyvian B. Stevens ... Secretary (uncredited)

Stream ... Indian Immigrant at INS Office (uncredited)
David Struffolino ... Worker in Lobby (uncredited)

Naeem Uzimann ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Larry Vigus ... Party Guest (uncredited)
G.A. West ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Adam Zalt ... Businessman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Anne Fletcher 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Pete Chiarelli (written by) (as Peter Chiarelli)

Produced by
Sandra Bullock .... executive producer
David Hoberman .... producer
Alex Kurtzman .... executive producer
Todd Lieberman .... producer
Mary McLaglen .... executive producer
Roberto Orci .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Aaron Zigman 
 
Cinematography by
Oliver Stapleton (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Priscilla Nedd-Friendly 
 
Casting by
Amanda Mackey Johnson 
Cathy Sandrich 
 
Production Design by
Nelson Coates 
 
Art Direction by
Scott Meehan 
 
Set Decoration by
Denise Pizzini 
 
Costume Design by
Catherine Marie Thomas 
 
Makeup Department
Elizabeth Cecchini .... hair stylist (as Liz Cecchini)
Tricia Heine .... makeup artist
Raul Hernandez .... hair stylist
Natasha Ladek .... wig maker: Sandra Bullock
Ann Masterson .... makeup department head (as Ann Lee Masterson)
Medusah .... department head hair
Janine Rath .... hair stylist: Ms. Bullock (as Janine Thompson)
Sherryn Smith .... makeup artist
Oney Syers II .... make-up and hair
Pamela S. Westmore .... makeup artist: Ms. Bullock (as Pamela Westmore)
 
Production Management
Jayne Armstrong .... post-production supervisor
Adam McCarthy .... production supervisor
Mary McLaglen .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rosemary C. Cremona .... second assistant director (as Rosemary Cremona)
Lynn K. D'Angona .... first assistant director: second unit
David Mendoza .... second assistant director: re-shoot
Courtenay Miles .... first assistant director: additional photography
Raymond Prado .... second unit director
Rich Sickler .... first assistant director (as Rich T. Sickler)
Gregory J. Smith .... second assistant director: second unit
Mollie Stallman .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Tim Baum .... assistant draper
Kelly Berry .... assistant set decorator
Rachel Burgio .... props (as Rachel M. Burgio)
Andréa Ciraldo .... set dresser
Gina B. Cranham .... set designer
Keith Davidson .... set dresser
Luke A. Dean .... painter
Michael Diersing .... additional photography
Jennifer Engel .... assistant decorator
Shoghig Gagossian .... set decoration production assistant
Michael Geoghegan .... set dresser
Jane Gulick .... property master
Laurel Hahlen .... scenic artist
Jennifer Haigh .... production assistant: art department
Daren Janes .... set designer
Billy 'Jilly Bones' Jones .... scenic gangboss
John Larson .... set dresser
Rebecca Leonard .... signwriter
Cameron Matheson .... set dressing gangboss
Adam McClain .... on-set carpenter
Michael McCombe .... greens foreman
Martin Milligan .... on-set dresser
Sara Mills-Broffman .... assistant properties
Lisa Nagid .... props
James F. Oñate .... scenic foreman
Oliver Peabody .... carpenter
Andrew Poleszak .... head draper
Eugene Pope .... welding foreman
Peter Regnier .... set dresser
Paul Rice .... sculptor
Peter Rippe .... carpenter
David Rotondo .... construction coordinator
William C. Salter .... construction gang boss
Barbara S. Shelton .... camera scenic
Michelle Sherwood .... assistant property master
Jeff Shewbert .... propmaker gangboss
Chris Sullivan .... art department coordinator
Edward Tamayo .... set dresser
Gordon Tanner .... carpenter
Tricia Turczynski .... set dresser
David Utley .... assistant art director
Kathleen Walker .... art department coordinator: Los Angeles
Mimi Watstein .... set dresser
Mark Woods .... leadman
Matthew G. Smith .... scenic (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Christopher Assells .... sound effects editor
Karen Baker Landers .... supervising sound editor
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Jeff Gomillion .... adr mixer
Catherine Harper .... foley artist
Dan Hegeman .... sound effects editor (as Daniel Hegeman)
Chris Hogan .... dialogue editor (as Christopher W. Hogan)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Craig S. Jaeger .... supervising foley editor
Chris Jargo .... adr & dialogue supervisor
Greg LaPlante .... digital mastering
David MacMillan .... sound mixer
Bill Meadows .... re-recording mix technician
Christian P. Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Moriana .... foley artist
James Moriana .... foley artist
Philip D. Morrill .... assistant sound editor
Tony Negrete .... assistant sound editor (as Tony R. Negrete)
Michelle Pazer .... adr editor
Jamie Ritharom-Umbras .... adr assistant
Philip Rogers .... adr recordist
Jack Snyder .... stage engineer
Unsun Song .... re-recording mix technician
Frederick H. Stahly .... dialogue editor
Peter Staubli .... sound effects editor
Jon Taylor .... sound re-recording mixer
Brett Voss .... foley mixer
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
David Young .... sound engineer (as David M. Young)
Lars Bjerre .... dialogue denoising (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Roland Blancaflor .... special effects technician
Nathanial Brotherhood .... special effects coordinator (as Nathaneal Brotherhood)
Jeff Naparstek .... special effects foreman
William 'Barcode' Rosa .... lab technician
 
Visual Effects by
Alicia Aguilera .... digital compositor
Mike Beckman .... digital compositor
Matthew Beightol .... digital artist
Benjamin Bratt .... digital artist
Jeremy Brown .... rotoscope artist
Peter Bullis .... digital compositor
Shannan Burkley .... lead matte painter
Gayle Busby .... visual effects producer
Gaia Bussolati .... visual effects
Sean Carroll .... rotoscope artist
Dan Cayer .... compositing supervisor: The Layersmith Digital
Nicholas Cerniglia .... digital artist
Aaron Chiesa .... digital artist
Eric D. Christensen .... visual effects supervisor
Charlie Coffou .... visual effects editor
Tim 'Timco' Conway .... matchmover (as Tim Conway)
Pasquale Croce .... CG animator
Sean Devereaux .... visual effects supervisor
Aleksandar Djordjevic .... lead compositor: Brickyard Filmworks
Brian Drewes .... visual effects executive producer
Edgar Díaz .... paint artist
Edgar Díaz .... rotoscope artist
Jaime Fortuno-Lavin .... lead digital compositor
Mark Scott Friedman .... digital compositor
Henrique Ghersi .... rotoscope artist
Jim Gorman .... digital compositor
Rich Grande .... digital compositor
Francesco Grisi .... visual effects
Carl Harders .... CG animator
Robin Hobart .... digital compositor
Simon Holden .... digital compositor
Alexander Jacquet .... digital compositor
Sam Kayo .... CG animator
Chris Kwiatkowski .... matchmover (as Christopher Kwiatkowski)
Chris Kwiatkowski .... tracking
Charles Lapage .... rotoscope artist
Anu Liikkanen .... rotoscope artist
John Lindstein .... visual effects artist
Gregg London .... visual effects editor
Vanessa Macedo .... visual effects production coordinator
Cornelia Magas .... digital compositor
Indah Maretha .... digital artist
Craig Mathieson .... digital compositor
Geoff McAuliffe .... visual effects supervisor
Sean Mclean .... digital compositor
Mauricio Monroy .... digital compositor
Brian Morse .... matchmover
Brian Morse .... tracking
David Piombino .... digital compositor
Marc D. Rienzo .... digital compositor (as Marc Rienzo)
Jimi Simmons .... digital compositor
Katie Stetson .... data wrangler
Mark Stetson .... visual effects consultant
Wilson Tang .... digital restoration
Britton Taylor .... digital artist
Radley Teruel .... digital artist
Chau Tong .... digital production manager
Micole Toyloy .... digital artist
Davide Tubaro .... visual effects
Dave Waller .... texture photographer
Eric Wilson .... digital compositor
Nick Zagami .... rotoscope artist
Elika Burns .... roto/paint supervisor: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
Ashwin Kumar .... rotoscope artist (uncredited)
Anthony Meschi .... digital artist (uncredited)
Jason Ortenberg .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Zoë Bell .... stunt double: Margaret (as Zoe Bell)
Mike Massa .... stunt coordinator (as Michael Massa)
J.C. Robaina .... stunts
Mark Vanselow .... stunt double: Ryan Reynolds
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lee Ayrton .... rigging electric best boy
Ken W. Ballantine .... best boy
Eric Robert Bradshaw Bennett .... electrician
Michael K. Bergstrom .... key grip: 2nd Unit: Alaska
Hans Bjerno .... aerial director of photography
Adam D. Bouchard .... generator operator
Peter Boynton .... generator operator
Arnold F. Brown .... electrician
Erik L. Brown .... first assistant camera: additional photography
Graham Burt .... camera loader
Dan Carpluk .... grip
Chris Cotterman .... grip: additional photography
Jeff W. Curtis .... grip
Jonathan A. Davidson .... best boy grip: New York
Andrew Degnan .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles Unit
Joshua Dreyfus .... best boy electric
Jeph Folkins .... camera loader: additional photography
Jeff Gatesman .... lighting console programmer
Richard Gioia .... first assistant camera: second unit
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer
Patrick R. Heffernan .... key grip: additional
Elizabeth Heslep .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Lee-Anthony Holloway .... rigging electrician
Darryl Humber .... dolly grip
Josh Ingalls .... grip: re-shoots
Pete Johnson .... rigging grip: additional photography
Twig Johnson .... electrician
Jenny Kane .... electrician
John R. Kaplan .... grip
Gary Kelso .... grip
Mark Killian .... additional second assistant camera
David Knox .... camera operator: "b" camera
Frank La Frazia .... rigging electrician
John R. Loyd .... grip
Bill-Brady Majors .... key rigging grip: re-shoots
Roger Marbury .... rigging gaffer
Damon Marcellino .... set lighting technician: re-shoots
Lance Mayer .... libra head technician
Jim McConkey .... camera operator: "a" camera
Mike Moyer .... gaffer
Jeremy Noggles .... rigging grip: re-shoots
Gary Oldknow .... grip
George Papuashvili .... video
Adam Peabody .... electrician
Harry Pray IV .... lighting technician
David Puopolo .... rigging key grip
C. Alan Rawlins .... key grip
Rj Erin Reilly .... rigging grip: re-shoots
Robert J. Reilly .... rigging best boy: reshoots
Lance Rieck .... scorpio head technician
Shawn S. Ryder .... best boy rigging grip
Riko Schatke .... best boy grip
Chris Silano .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Justin Situ .... rigging electrician
Hannes Steixner .... rigging grip
Timothy M. Sweeney .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Bill Trautvetter .... additional camera operator
Aaron Tyburski .... electrician
Barry M. Wilson .... director of photography: second unit (as Barry Wilson)
Greg Wimer .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Frank Yario Jr. .... video playback engineer
Fred Young .... electrician
Brian C. Doyle .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Guy Holt .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Jada Budrick .... digital color assistant
Frank Figueroa .... digital color assistant
Ron Leidelmeijer .... digital color assistant
 
Casting Department
Kristen Agrell .... location casting
Chris Bustard .... extras casting: Los Angeles
Jandiz Estrada .... casting associate
Bridgette Glover .... casting associate
Stephanie R. Hunter .... extras casting assistant
Aaron Kahl .... extras casting assistant
Patty Majorczak-Connolly .... adr voice casting
Ali Merhi .... extras casting
Angela Peri .... location casting
Jamie Sparer Roberts .... casting executive
Mark Sussman .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jodi Baldwin .... wardrobe supervisor
Ghilaine Bouadana .... key costumer
Mickey Carleton .... assistant costume designer
Rosa J. Colón .... additional set costumer (as Rosa Colón)
Laura Downing .... key costumer
Kelly Porter .... set costumer: reshoots
Gina Rhodes .... key seamstress
Senna Shanti .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
George Chavez .... color timer
Sam Daley .... colorist: high definition dailies
Jason Fabbro .... video colorist
Christine Gaiman .... post-production coordinator
Morgan Gjovik .... assistant editor
Trent Johnson .... digital film colorist
Patrick McGuinn .... dailies producer
George Papuashvili .... editor: video
Bob Peishel .... digital intermediate producer
Richie Roefaro .... colorist assistant
Mark Sahagun .... digital intermediate editor
Mary Beth Smith .... negative cutter
Wesley Nisbett .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Paul Bushnell .... electronic music programmer
Buck Damon .... music supervisor
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
George Doering .... musician
Bruce Dukov .... violin
Richard Ford .... music editor: director's cut
Jerry Hey .... orchestrator
Steve Juliani .... music preparation (as Steven Juliani)
Patrick Kirst .... orchestrator
Mateo Laboriel .... electronic music programmer
Larry Mah .... digital score recordist
Melissa Muik .... music editor
Peter Rotter .... music contractor
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer (as Dennis Sands)
Dennis S. Sands .... score recordist (as Dennis Sands)
Michael Stern .... music recording engineer: additional score mixer
Martin Tillman .... soloist: cello
Jesse Voccia .... composer: electronic music
Jesse Voccia .... electronic music programmer
Brad Warnaar .... orchestrator
Aaron Zigman .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Steven Docherty .... transportation co-captain
Jimmy Kaminsky .... driver
Michael Sean Ryan .... transportation coordinator
Hank Van Apeldoorn .... driver: grip truck
 
Other crew
Md. Moinuddin Ali .... production assistant: touring crew
Lisa Arnone .... second script supervisor
Cathleen Brown .... clearances
Ricou Browning Jr. .... marine coordinator (as Ricou Browning)
Justin Browning .... marine crew
Christian Byrd .... marine captain
Peter Ciani .... on set recycler
Jillian Curran .... production assistant
Susanna David .... script supervisor
Tomas Deckaj .... key set production assistant: New York Unit
Nicholas Delmenico .... travel coordinator
Michael DeSantis .... production accountant
Roger Dillingham Jr. .... set medic
Jeff Dionne .... location assistant
John M. Eaton .... location assistant
Matthew Lee 'Ziggy' Einzig .... production assistant
Kim Ferandelli .... assistant: Mr. Hoberman
Jane Finn-Foley .... production secretary
Dave Grabarek .... second assistant accountant: reshoot
Cheri Hall .... first assistant accountant: reshoot
Cody Harter .... stand-in
Barbara Heller .... location manager: New York
Patrick Hodges .... accounting clerk
Damian Holton .... assistant: Ms. Bullock (as Damian 'Showtime' Holton)
Susan Humphrey .... animal trainer
Dori Kancher .... assistant: Ms. Bullock
Esther Kelly .... animal trainer
John Kelly .... pilot: seaplane
Kate Kelly .... production coordinator
Tiffany Noel Kinder .... location scout: Boston
Renee Kitterman .... key second assistant accountant
David LaCarubba .... production assistant
Brett Leigh .... stand-in
Tania Levin .... payroll
Scott Levine .... unit publicist
Rebecca Locke .... assistant production coordinator
Chris Love .... office production assistant
James MacDonald .... set medic
Larry Madrid .... animal trainer
Emilie Maison .... press attache france
Jared Marshall .... local assistant: Mr. Lieberman
Ryan McPeake .... medic: second unit
Heidi Brook Myers .... adr loop group
Stephanie Norton .... local assistant: Mr. Hoberman
Caitlin Osgood .... second assistant accountant
Dave Ozug .... assistant location manager
Joe Piasecki .... assistant location manager
Kate Powell .... assistant: Ms. Fletcher (as Katie Powell)
Luke Ramsey .... location manager
Meagan Rogers .... assistant: Mr. Reynolds
Jaime De La Rosa .... stand-in: Oscar Nunez
Greg Rupp .... pilot: Sitka Skyways
Matthew D. Rutler .... production assistant
Charlie Scimone .... key craft services
Tracy Scott .... script supervisor: Los Angeles unit
Bret Slater .... production secretary: additional photography
Bret Slater .... production secretary: reshoots
Lindsey Spaulding .... assistant: Ms. McLaglen
Brian Stauffer .... production assistant
Dave Steinwachs .... food prep chef
Michelle Stevens .... first assistant accountant
Tony Suffredini .... animal trainer
Valek Sykes .... puppeteer
Peter R. Thewes .... stand in: Ryan Reynolds - NY Crew
Benjamin Thomas .... location scout
Cyndal Todd .... photo double
Angelo Vacco .... voice actor
Ryan Van de Kamp Buchanan .... stand-in: ryan reynolds
Peter Weireter .... security: Ms. Bullock
Richard Wilson .... second assistant accountant: re-shoot
Rebecca Windsor .... assistant: Mr. Lieberman
Zachary Woodlee .... assistant choreographer (as Zach Woodlee)
Stephanie Worth .... stand-in
Garson Yu .... title designer and supervisor
Judith Babcock .... technical supervisor: dailies (uncredited)
Cassandra Martinez .... assistant post accountant (uncredited)
Karen Stark .... location scout (uncredited)
Vyvian B. Stevens .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Mike Chambers .... special thanks
Steve Curtis .... special thanks
Chelsea Endres .... special thanks
Dan Finnerty .... special thanks
Dylan Quirt .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, nudity and language
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Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Denmark:A | Finland:S | Germany:o.Al. | Hong Kong:IIA | Iceland:L | Ireland:12A | Japan:G | Malaysia:PG-13 | Mexico:A | Netherlands:6 | New Zealand:PG | Norway:A | Peru:PT | Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (TV rating) | South Africa:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:PG-12 | Turkey:7+ | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #45211)

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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:
Continuity: In the scene at Federal Plaza when the camera is on Andrew an Asian woman walks past him in the direction of Margaret. In the next scene the camera is on Margaret and we should see the Asian woman but she is not there.See more »
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35 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Hard to admire, easy to enjoy, 12 August 2009
Author: Simon_Says_Movies from Toronto, ON, Canada

The Proposal is a hard film not to enjoy but it's an even harder film to admire. Aside from the two exceptional lead performances from Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock and the humour they create, the story is dowsed in clichés and left to drown. I need a film to at least be thoroughly realistic if not authentic, and the tired screenplay often delves into slapstick and camp when it should have let the leads carry the film.

Bullock and Reynolds ooze charisma in all scenarios here, and their chemistry is what anchors the film firmly in watchability, even elevating the film at times to outright excellence. And to The Proposal's credit for every cliché it puts forth, we often get a quick rebuttal of charm, but which ultimately asks the question, why in the first place? I am almost tempted to follow in critic gene Siskel's footsteps and swear off watching movie trailers, because all the best line are in the promotional material; I don't mean they are the only good lines, simply that they would have made the film even more enjoyable had they been fresh. Directed by Anne Fletcher, who has already had rom-com success with Step Up and 27 Dresses, takes a chance with Bullock in my opinion as most would have good with a younger, hot-at-the-moment star. She does not disappoint and in her role as boss, Bullock is certainly suited; imagine that, a character that looks their supposed age.

The plot is certainly one of contrivance, as are with most romantic comedies today, with the stern manger of a publishing firm (Bullock) essentially blackmailing her younger assistant Andrew (Reynolds) into marrying her so she can save herself from deportation and stay in the U.S. It just so happens of course, that it is Andrew's grandmother's birthday that very weekend and is heading up to Alaska for the celebration. Trapped in secluded north, will this faux engagement become something real? The worst scenes of the film take place in the office, with the underlings of the tyrannical boss quite literally diving for cover upon her arrival. We have surely seen in films like Office Space and The Devil Wears Prada that a work scenario can combine humour with realism without the need for the employees to act like Looney Toones characters. My first impression of the time frame in which evil over bearer and ambitious assistant fall in love was that of annoyance as such feelings would never form so quickly. However I may have initially judged too harshly, as is nicely illustrated, Andrew and Margaret only have each other. Andrew is ambitious and loyal, knowing everything about Margaret, and in turn Margaret is so dedicated to her job without any semblance of a personal life, he is her only true confidante and slowly the scenario becomes slightly less preposterous.

The Alaskan scenery is beautiful, and the supporting cast including the delightful Betty White, Mary Steenburgen and Craig T Nelson make for a well rounded and talented cast. My absolute favourite member, which perhaps not coincidently my favourite part of the film, is Malin Akerman as an old flame of Andrew's. It was so refreshing to see an ex portrayed as a nice, honest human being instead of a vengeful witch and it is these intermittent moments of true human emotion that wouldn't make me turn this film off if I happened by it again; even if I wouldn't seek it out on my own accord.

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