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
"Downtown" Sitka is actually Rockport, Massachusetts, which includes a famous tourist area called Bearskin Neck. The harbor formed by the Neck is where Motif #1 is located. Rockport remains a working fishing village, especially for lobster, although the bigger fisheries are in nearby Gloucester. The filming was done in April, which is off season for large numbers of visitors. Bullock and Reynolds were seen shopping locally. See more »
When Margaret and Andrew are in her office, a view out the window shows the barren trees in the courtyard (flimed at International Place in Boston in late winter/very early spring) but yet the same weekend they are in in Alaska where everything is lush green, even though Alaskan Spring is far behind Boston and NY Spring. See more »
SPOILER: During the first half of the end credits there are various clips of Mr. Gilbertson (the immigration "detective") interviewing Margaret, Andrew, Ramone (the "stripper"), Grace and Joe (Andrew's mom and dad), and Grandma Annie. See more »
There is an alternate ending to the film in which the plane in which Margaret is going to New York comes back to Sitka Airport and Ryan Reynolds' final speech takes place over there only See more »
My jaw is still aching, almost an hour and a half after the credits rolled. I don't recall when I last laughed this consistently and heartfelt at a new production. Yes, this is pretty formulaic stuff... if you've seen one mismatched couple romantic comedy, you've seen them all. This never claimed to be anything other than that. It definitely delivers what one expects from the genre, without any of it being phoned in or taken any less seriously. Not every film needs to revolutionize the craft, and shape cinema for decades to come. If everything was excellent, it would become the norm, and it would cease to be special. And I find it incredible and immensely positive that a movie with this kind of humor(observational, and largely derived from typical situations that happen to everyone) can still be made, and be nicely received. Humiliation and pain are not actually funny. They get a schadenfreude reaction, "thank goodness that didn't happen to me", and thus we move further apart, isolate ourselves all the more. This does the opposite, letting us get closer to each other, share the little things that we've forgotten are silly or "off" in our everyday lives. It does go a tad too far on occasion, to get the audience going, but those instances are few in number. The acting is great all-round, and the two leads have chemistry, and play off each other well. There are countless memorable sequences, jokes and gags in this. This contains "moments" between Bullock and Reynolds, as well, and they genuinely work. You feel for them. The characters are just about invariably well-written, interesting and credible. In general, the script is well-done. The music is pleasant and well-chosen. This ought to entertain nearly everyone, of any age. There is a little strong and/or risqué language, and a couple of usually mild sexual references, and this tends to be inoffensive. I recommend this to all who think they may enjoy it. Chances are that you're right. 8/10
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