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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.

Director:

Anne Fletcher

Writer:

Peter Chiarelli
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Alicia Hunt ... Coffee Barista
Alexis Garcia Alexis Garcia ... Immigration Clerk (as Alexis R. Garcia)
Kortney Adams ... Colden Books Receptionist
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Here comes the bribe...

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Proposal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,627,598, 21 June 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$163,958,031

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$317,375,031
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Despite most of the film being set in Alaska, it was actually shot in Boston and on Boston's North Shore. In one of the scenes, you can see the famous Rockport icon, "Motif No. 1," the little red shack famous for being a subject of many famous painters' and photographers' work. Snow-capped mountains (or any mountains, for that matter) are nowhere to be found on the North Shore. Those were added in digitally. See more »

Goofs

When Andrew and Margaret are speeding at the buoy and Andrew turns the boat hard to the left, Margaret falls out of the boat to the left. If the boat is turned hard to the left, the natural reaction would have been for Margaret to be thrown to the right. It's Newton's Third Law of Motion. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Andrew Paxton: Shit!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

References The Untouchables (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got You Under My Skin
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Michael Bublé
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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A fun way to spend an afternoon
24 June 2009 | by therunner42See all my reviews

The Proposal isn't going to win any Oscars, nor will it become your favourite movie of all time. However, it does exactly what it is supposed to do; that is to entertain you. The Proposal is the story of a tough editor Margaret Tate (Bullock) who forces her assistant Andrew Tate (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her so she can stay in the U.S. (Interestingly, in the movie Bullock plays a Canadian and Reynolds an American while in real life, the reverse is true). What happens next will not surprise viewers but they will get many laughs along the way. Reynolds and Bullocks are very funny and also very believable. Betty White (from the Golden Girls) almost steals the show as Andrew's 90 year old "Gammy". The beautiful Alaskan setting doesn't hurt things either. Overall this is not a unique movie or even a unique role for Bullock but it is a very funny (and fun) way to spend an afternoon.


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