The Proposal

June 19th, 2009

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The Proposal

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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.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.7/10 (78,469 voted)

Critic's Score: 48/100

Director: Anne Fletcher

Stars: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenburgen

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.

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

Taglines: Here comes the bribe...


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 19 June 2009

Filming Locations: 225 Franklin Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $33,627,598 (USA) (21 June 2009) (3056 Screens)

Gross: $163,900,057 (USA) (25 October 2009)

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Did You Know?

Sandra Bullock plays a Canadian who wants to marry her assistant (Ryan Reynolds) in order to keep her Visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada. In real life, Reynolds is from Canada and Bullock is American.

Continuity: While Andrew is at the door of the chairman's office the camera switches between him and Margaret with the chairman in the background. Originally the chairman was sitting with legs under the desk then he was turned out with one leg on the other and then he was back in his original position again.

Grandma Annie: [to Margaret, when adjusting the wedding dress] Where are your breasts, dear?

User Review

It was sweet

Rating: 7/10

Although the movie is predictable, like most romance comedies are, nevertheless it was sweet. Sure a bit unrealistic in terms of the time line of the whole plot takes place but this is why we have movies like this, so you can escape into the fantasy of romance and humor. If you are looking for realism then watch a 3 hour drama, but if you want to escape for awhile and just enjoy a movie you don't have to think too much about then it's worth your time. If you don't want to pay to go see it in the theater, then wait for it to come out on DVD. I saw it during a private screening as part of the ATL Film Festival, for close to two hours I thought of nothing else and laughed and even cried a bit. I would definitely see it again. It may not be the best romantic comedy I have seen but the movie still holds lots of charm.

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