Release Date: June 19, 2009
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds,
Mary Steenburgen, Craig T.
Nelson, Betty White, Denis
O’Hare, Malin Akerman, and
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: Touchstone Pictures/Walt
Director: Anne Fletcher
Executive Producer: Alex Kurtzman, Mary McLaglen
and Roberto Orci
Producer: David Hoberman and Todd
Writer: Pete Chiarelli
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
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.
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.