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The Proposal
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Starring: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, Betty White
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Kiddie Movie: Nah, it's adult topics. Send them to bed.
Date Movie: It's great for the both of you.
Gratuitous Sex: The Dudettes get Ryan Reynolds naked and the dudes get Sandra Bullock naked, and even though PG-13 naked, it's still very nice.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Quite a few.
Memorable Scene: I really liked the scene with Margaret and the little puppy-dog.
Memorable Quote: Nothing really.
Directed By: Anne Fletcher

Cool Things About the DVD

Learn French! It's got your English, Spanish, and French options.
Buy a New TV! For the love of God, buy the widescreen and the Blu-ray already.
Anything Else! Not really because the extras on the Blu-ray are pretty lame.

The Proposal
A Movie/DVD Review

 

DVD Rated - PG-13

It's 1:48 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Sometimes, as I’m watching extras on a DVD release, I just wonder “Why?” First, though, I suppose I should get to the movie part of this DVD review, because, well, that’s the only reason to get this one.

“The Proposal” with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds is as predictable as can be when it comes to romantic comedies and usually that means I won’t like it much, but I don’t know why, I actually like the movie.  Let’s stars with the basics…

For “The Proposal” we get Bullock as Margaret and Reynolds as Andrew.  Margaret works for a publishing house, pretty much is the bitch-boss of the office, and Andrew is her assistant, hoping to one day become a book editor.  He is her beck-and-call boy, and if you have seen the trailers, you know that for this story Margaret is getting sent back to Canada because of Visa problems so, to circumvent the system, she blackmails Andrew into marrying her so she can keep her cool job, while Andrew does some blackmailing of her right back.  The problem is that the immigration dude doesn’t believe them and is hell bent on proving that their marriage is a sham, but to prove him wrong, our unhappy couple heads to Alaska to meet Andrew’s parents, announce their engagement, and celebrate the 90th birthday of Grandma Annie (Betty White in all of her old-lady, comical glory).

Yes, of course, while in Alaska, now Andrew is on his own turf, giving her a dose of her own bossy medicine while holding an ace up his sleeve, meanwhile Margaret finds out he isn’t a dude of as meager means as she figured. And yes, of course, in the span of three days, their sham of an engagement is begun, Andrew’s parents (and, oh yea, let’s not forget the strained relationship sub-story of Andrew and his dad, Joe, played by Craig T. Nelson) and grammy decide the two of them should get married while in Alaska, a wedding is planned, there is a bachelorette party, and love blossoms, only our duo doesn’t realize it yet.

I so want to just write “Blah, blah, blah, this is so predictable that I want to just throw up,” but I can’t because maybe it was the tranquil setting of a small town in Alaska (sort of), maybe it was the enjoyable interaction of Andrew and Margaret as they fall in love, or maybe it was Betty White and Sandra Bullock getting down in the woods (and no, I’m not talking about some crazy, lesbian porn scene, I’m talking about getting “down” with their bad selves, as in dancing), but I was actually liking “The Proposal,” and my BFF who saw the film with me was laughing.  I know, I’m a sucker for a sappy romantic comedy at times, but this one actually had some substance, even if it was predictable substance.

Not to ruin the movie if you are wondering if Margaret ends up back in Canada and Andrew in jail for fraud, but all I will say is that the girl at the coffee shop does give Andrew her number, dad Joe has some fatherly advice, and Grandma Annie, well, she is just an enjoyable old hoot!

So, yea, “The Proposal” is predictable, but Ryan Reynolds keeps showing his versatility and likeability as an actor, Sandra Bullock is her normal self (yet still plays a great bitch), and Betty White is just a hoot!  I said 3 ½ stars for the movie, my BFF agreed, so it’s 3 ½ stars out of 5 for “The Proposal,” predictability be damned.

Now about those DVD extras.

I know it is almost a necessity for movie people to add extra stuff to DVD’s, heck, that was part of the selling point, but really, if all you’re going to do is add some “deleted scenes” that, for the most part, were rightly so deleted, and a really lame “outtakes” section, I mean, why waste my time.  And with that alternate ending, I hate to say it but the ending they ended up using was the better ending and all the alternate ending did for me was have me try to figure out what the were using the green screens for, and then I remembered that “The Proposal” wasn’t filmed in Alaska and that the airport scene was filmed somewhere that didn’t have any “mountains” in the background.  There are some DVD’s that actually put forth an effort to add extras, but for a movie like “The Proposal,” get the Blu-ray for the better picture and sound because the extras, well, aren’t the reason to get this disc at all.

But still, it’s 3 ½ stars out of 5 for “The Proposal.” It’s a good movie to snuggle with your honey on the couch, and dudes, you almost get to see Sandra Bullock naked, and dudettes, well, you get Ryan Reynolds.

That’s it for this one!  I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

 

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