Even when Sandra Bullock tries to be mean, she’s still inherently likable. How does she do it?
In “The Proposal,” she’s Margaret Tate, a tough-as-nails book editor who rules the office like the Wicked Witch of the West. But Margaret has a problem: She Canadian, and her visa is up.
If only there were a way she could stay in the U.S.A. …
She quickly blackmails her assistant, Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds). Her proposal is simple: They get married, she stays in the country and Andrew keeps his job.
Now, Andrew gets to heap tiny torments on Margaret, which allows Bullock’s likable nature to shine. They travel to visit Andrew’s family in Alaska, where Margaret gets plenty of chances to lose her dignity in endearing ways.
The movie is a model of nice-guy casting. Mary Steenburgen and Craig T. Nelson play Andrew’s parents, and they’re amiable even when they fight. Betty White brings a scattershot charm to Grandma Annie.
If only all those good vibrations could’ve been helped out by a better script. Now that you know the plot, you know how the story ends. You won’t find many surprises in “The Proposal,” and I would’ve preferred a few more laughs.
Still, there’s something about Bullock and the rest of the cast that prevents “The Proposal” from being a complete waste of time. If you want to get out of the house and you’ve got a high tolerance for clichés, there are worse movies you could see.
I give “The Proposal” a C plus.
It’s showing at the Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, and Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
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Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “The Proposal” an A. “I loved it almost as much as ‘Mamma Mia!’
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