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Release Date: June 19, 2009

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, Betty White, Denis O’Hare, Malin Akerman, and Oscar Nunez

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 100 minutes

Address Comments To:

Robert Iger, President/CEO, The Walt Disney Company
(Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax Films, and Buena Vista Distribution)
Dick Cook, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone: (818) 560-1000
Website: www.disney.com

Content:

(PaPa, BB, Ro, FRFR, LL, NN, A, M) Strong mixed pagan worldview with some solid moral elements, but mixed with Romantic elements and false religious material where elderly woman performs pagan Native American chants, including clear discussion of thanking the spirits in the trees and “going to the spirits” when one dies; four obscenities and 12 profanities; no violence; much discussion of sex and assumption that unmarried people will sleep together; man and woman, both naked accidentally and comically collide with one another, all private parts are covered up, man in speedo, upper male nudity; drinking of beer and wine; no smoking; and lying and fraud, much of which is ultimately rebuked.

Summary:

THE PROPOSAL is a funny story of powerful book editor Margaret talking her younger assistant Andrew into marrying her in order to stop deportation to Canada. THE PROPOSAL is a very well made romantic comedy, but it contains much sexual innuendo, some near nude scenes and a mixed pagan worldview with positive references to pagan beliefs that warrant extreme caution.

Review:

THE PROPOSAL is a very funny story of powerful book editor Margaret talking her younger assistant Andrew into marrying her in order to stop deportation to Canada. The “engaged” couple head to Andrew’s parents home in Alaska, being tailed by the Immigration Officer. The always-in-control Margaret finds herself a fish out of water as she navigates life out of Manhattan.

Margaret realizes that while Andrew knows everything about her, she knows nothing about him because she has been so self-absorbed. Andrew’s parents are excited about the upcoming wedding and talk them into getting married that weekend so that Andrew’s grandmother can be part of it.

Margaret experiences a loving family for the first time and sees that her deception is going to hurt many people. She is torn between telling the truth, which will mean deportation and loss of her career, and going along with this charade, which will hurt everyone involved.

And, of course, Margaret and Andrew are beginning to fall for one another.

THE PROPOSAL is a very, very funny movie with great acting and chemistry between the two lead characters. Sandra Bullock is at her comedic best in this movie and brings much emotion to the character as well.

The story is well written, the music fun, and Betty White as the aging grandmother is extremely humorous.

That said, much of the comedy comes from the fact that the unmarried couple must pretend to be married and with that comes much sexual innuendo. There is one scene where the two characters accidentally bump into each one another while naked, each preparing for a shower. While there are no “private parts” shown, it’s extremely clear they are undressed. There is also a visit to one of those male strip places for women with a male stripper wearing a “speedo” brief. This scene is played for laughs.

Also, the grandmother character goes into the woods wearing Native American costume, chants and gives thanks to the spirits. Margaret joins in and it humorously turns into a rap dance. However, there is clear discussion of thanking the spirits in the trees and “going to the spirits” when one dies.

In the end, Margaret elects to sacrifice for others so that they won’t be hurt.

THE PROPOSAL is funny, but extreme caution is advised because of the movie’s PG-13 material and the positive references to Native American pagan customs.

In Brief:

THE PROPOSAL stars Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in a funny story about a powerful book editor, Margaret, talking her younger assistant, Andrew, into marrying her in order to stop deportation to Canada. The “engaged” couple heads to Andrew’s parents home in Alaska, while being tailed by the Immigration Officer. The always-in-control Margaret finds herself a fish out of water as she navigates life out of Manhattan. Margaret experiences a loving family for the first time and sees that her deception is going to hurt many people.

THE PROPOSAL is a funny, well-acted movie. However, much of its comedy comes from the unmarried couple pretending to be married, so there is much sexual innuendo. There is also one scene where the two characters accidentally bump into one another while naked. While no “private parts” are shown, it’s clear they are undressed. Also, Andrew’s grandmother chants and gives thanks to pagan Native American “spirits.” Margaret joins in and it humorously turns into a rap dance. However, there is clear discussion of thanking the spirits in the trees and “going to the spirits” when one dies. THE PROPOSAL is very funny and sometimes heartwarming, but extreme caution is warranted.