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Proposal (2009) - Golden Globe® Nominee!

Director: Anne Fletcher     Starring: Ryan Reynolds Sandra Bullock
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Format: DVD
Sku: 211904630
UPC: 786936797770
UPC 14: 00786936797770
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Here Comes The Bribe...
When high-powered book editor Margaret(Sandra Bullock) faces deportation to her native Canada, the quick-thinking exec declares that she's actually engaged to her unsuspecting put-upon assistant Andrew(Ryan Reynolds), who she's tormented for years. He agrees to participate in the charade, but with a few conditions of his own. The unlikely couple heads to Alaska to meet his quirky family(Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, Betty White), and the always-in-control city girl finds herself in one comedic fish-out-of-water situation after another. With an impromptu wedding in the works and an immigration official on their tails, Margaret and Andrew reluctantly vow to stick to the plan despite the precarious consequences.

"Director Anne Fletcher delivers more bite and brisker pacing than she did with "27 Dresses."  Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Hilarious fun.  Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The chemical energy between Bullock and Reynolds is fresh and irresistible.  Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

Editor's Note
THE PROPOSAL could have been a strictly script-by-numbers affair, but hilarious performances by Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds improve this romantic comedy. Publishing powerhouse Margaret Tate (Bullock, TWO WEEKS NOTICE) is used to getting her way. She bullies her ambitious assistant, Andrew Paxton (Reynolds, DEFINITELY, MAYBE), earning the ire of all the underlings at Colden Books in New York City. But Margaret, a native Canadian, finds her career in jeopardy when she is denied a visa and learns she will be sent northward. She forces Andrew to become her fiancé, but she?ll have to take a trip home to Alaska with him to prove to U.S. Immigration that their impending union is genuine.

What ensues is a combination of GREEN CARD, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, and GREEN ACRES, with the hell-in-heels boss trying to fake a romance with her assistant as she struggles to survive as a city girl in the country. However, THE PROPOSAL proves to be more than the sum of its parts; Bullock has been one of Julia Roberts?s successors to the America?s-sweetheart crown since she starred in SPEED, but this comedy has her challenging her image with hilarious ease. Reynolds--who could be just window-dressing with his good looks and easy charm--is an excellent foil who is just as adept with sarcasm as he is with a smile. The two stars are supported by an impressive cast, including Betty White as Andrew?s scheming 90-year-old grandmother, Craig T. Nelson as his disappointed father, and THE OFFICE?s Oscar Nunez as an ubiquitous resident of his hometown. THE PROPOSAL may offer few surprises in the way of plot, but the on-screen talent keeps the film feeling fresh.

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Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Spanish, French, Dubbed & Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/22/2013
Video Play Time Running Time: 108 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2009
Video UPC UPC: 00786936797770
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Color Spec Video: Color
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review The Proposal (2009) - DVD Review
By: Chris Barsanti filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 10/2/2009 8:08 PM
An everything-goes kind of romantic comedy that gets some mileage out of being less horrible than it should have been, The Proposal marks one major advancement for modern Hollywood: Neither Kate Hudson nor Rene Zellweger are anywhere to be seen. The shenanigans concocted by producer-turned-screenwriter Pete Chiarelli seem right up their alley, after all: Hardbitten career woman takes a break from abusing her male assistant to blackmail him into marriage (she's Canadian, wouldn't you know). Much zany subterfuge and the occasional Hallmark moment then follow, ensuring that her heart of ice will be melted by his warm family and sweet sweet smile....read the full review
Expert Review The Proposal - DVD Review
By: Jon Erbar Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 10/14/2009 4:23 AM
Facing deportation, a scathing, hard-nosed publicist (Sandra Bullock) and her passive-aggressive assistant (Ryan Reynolds) soon find themselves thrust toward the sacred bonds of matrimony. One needs a groom to stay in the country, the other needs a bride to keep his job. Their plan is simple enough: a quick marriage followed by a quicker divorce. While visiting the to-be in-laws in Alaska, however, these faux-betrotheds soon find themselves questioning their true feelings and the sincerity of this proposal....read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Mary Steenburgen
Video Cast Info Betty White
Video Cast Info Malin Akerman
Video Cast Info Denis O'Hare
Video Cast Info Ryan Reynolds
Video Cast Info Craig T. Nelson
Video Cast Info Sandra Bullock
Video Cast Info Oscar Nunez
Video Cast Info Mary McLaglen - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Sandra Bullock - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Oliver Stapleton - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Aaron Zigman - Composer
Video Cast Info Peter Chiarelli - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Todd Lieberman - Producer
Video Cast Info David Hoberman - Producer
Video Cast Info Roberto Orci - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Alex Kurtzman - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Anne Fletcher - Director

Professional Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "[Bullock] is likable here because she doesn't overdo it....THE PROPOSAL is much enhanced by all of the supporting performances." 06/17/2009

Box Office
3 stars out of 5 -- "THE PROPOSAL is rooted in the most classical of conventions and still finds ways to be surprisingly enchanting. Most credit should go to the criminally underappreciated Sandra Bullock and the reliably disarming Ryan Reynolds." 06/17/2009

Hollywood Reporter
"[A]n engaging, well-crafted lark that proves 'high concept' isn't necessarily a tired tactic....Bullock also is talented enough to play convincingly against her genial image here as the proverbial boss from hell..." 06/14/2009

USA Today
"Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds prove a likable duo....Reynolds has the appropriate good looks, easygoing charm and comic timing to be a natural in this setting..." 06/19/2009

Los Angeles Times
"Bullock's deft physical comedy, one of her most endearing qualities, is given a full run. And Reynolds' ability to deliver a line, or a look, with withering, surgical precision is there at every turn." 06/19/2009

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "First-time screenwriter Peter Chiarelli's dialogue has a wry Big Apple zing....A pedigree cast, fun premise and punchy dialogue make Bullock's return to romantic comedy look a great catch..." 06/23/2009

Entertainment Weekly
"[S]aved by fizzy screwball chemistry between the hunky, snarky Reynolds and Bullock, who hasn't been this appealing since, well, SPEED." -- Grade: B 10/16/2009

ReelViews 6 of 10
The Proposal is a standard-order, by-the-book romantic comedy that offers nothing remotely fresh or new while following a formula even neophytes know by heart. For some people, that's enough. All a certain segment of the audience wants from romantic comedies are familiar names, smiley faces, and hearts dotting the letter "i". Others, who are a bit more discriminating, will recognize that although The Proposal follows a paint-by-numbers script, it fails one key acid test: it doesn't sell the romance. The genre is rife with contrivances, but those shaky plot devices are easy enough to forgive, if not entirely forget, if the movie catches the viewer up in the spirit of falling in love. It's what separates the enjoyable rom-coms from the ones that strive to tickle the underbelly of mediocrity, and The Proposal does not come out on the right side of that divider...The cast isn't populated by heavyweights. It has been a while since Sandra Bullock has been in the fast lane, and it's been about a decade since she was a prime romantic comedy actress. Ryan Reynolds, who showed flashes of genuine talent in Adventureland, is back to phoning it in. (Although, to be fair, his flummoxed expression when Andrew "learns" he's engaged to Margaret - which carries through more than one scene - is possibly the film's funniest element.) Mary Steenburgen and Craig T. Nelson are playing the stereotyped father/mother roles, and Betty White is pretty much exhuming her Golden Girls character. (This is not one of those roles in which she drops a string of f-bombs and other assorted profanities - something she has done on more than one occasion to get a cheap guffaw.)...My opinion of The Proposal is similar to how I felt about the not-dissimilar New in Town. The humor level in this film is a little better and the actors have a marginally higher charisma quotient, but the productions are peas in a pod. They fail to engage for similar reasons. Both Bullock (with While You Were Sleeping) and Reynolds (with Definitely, Maybe) have solidly enjoyable, derivative romantic comedy titles in their filmographies, and it would be more rewarding to investigate those than endure the regurgitated, cardboard taste of The Proposal. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 6 of 10
"The Proposal" is a movie about a couple who start out hating each other and end up liking each other. It's a funny thing about that. I started out hating the movie and ended up liking it...It opens on a rather cheerless note, as the portrait of Margaret (Sandra Bullock), a tyrannical book editor, and Andrew (Ryan Reynolds), her long-suffering assistant. Known on office instant message as the Witch, she terrorizes underlings, fires the man who wants her job and orders Andrew to marry her...How that happens is, she's a Canadian in danger of being deported -- she imperiously ignored the law -- and now she figures if she gets married, she'll get her green card. She and Andrew blackmail each other in their prenuptial hostage negotiations, and fly off to Sitka, Alaska, to meet his folks. Sitka turns out to be a charming waterfront town, filled with chic little shops like the Fudgery, no fast-food stores or franchise chains and a waterfront that looks less like a working fishing harbor than a tourist resort. Perhaps that's because the movie was was filmed not in Alaska, but in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Alaska might have been too real for this fantasy..."The Proposal" is much enhanced by all of the supporting performances. Betty White, at 87, makes her character 89 and performs a Native American sunrise ceremony beside a campfire in the forest, which is not easy, especially in the Alaskan summer when the sun hardly sets. And look for a character named Ramone (Oscar Nunez), who will remind you of an element in "Local Hero."..."The Proposal" recycles a plot that was already old when Tracy and Hepburn were trying it out. You see it coming from a great distance away. As it draws closer, you don't duck out of the way, because it is so cheerfully done, you don't mind being hit by it. - Roger Ebert

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