My Old Addiction

The Proposal (2009)


(out of 5)

Green Card meets The Devil Wears Prada when a high-powered, highly despised New York City book editor () finds herself being thrown out of her company for legal reasons: she’s Canadian and the government won’t accept her as a citizen. In order to keep a hold on the position that she has been enjoying for so long, Bullock blackmails her overworked assistant () into a quickie marriage that will have to survive the scrutiny of a very wise government official () who has given them a weekend to prepare for an interview about each other. Thankfully, that weekend is also the 90th birthday of Reynolds’ grandmother (), for which the two fly to Alaska and take the time to get to know one another. Something about the gorgeous scenery (which is actually Massachusetts filling in for Palinland), not to mention the incredibly warm reception she gets from Reynolds’ family, makes Bullock start to grow human feelings and realize that perhaps what she’s doing isn’t worth the results. I can hardly be called a party pooper for pointing out the predictable outcome of this riotous romantic comedy, but what it does extremely well is keep its audience entertained on the entire route towards its conclusion. The cast is marvelous, especially a feisty White and a perennially gorgeous as Reynolds’ mother, but the comedy gold that is mined between the two leads is enough for the film to rest on. Reynolds trying to dig into his soul in the more serious moments comes off plastic and ineffective, but it’s made up for by his co-star, who shines whether she’s being funny or serious, and by the sheer hilarity of watching the two of them try to pass themselves off as being in love without actually making physical contact.

Touchstone Pictures, Mandeville Films, K/O Paper Products

USA, 2009

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Golden Globe Awards 2009


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