Prepare for the most unromantic proposal you’re ever likely to witness.
Margaret (Bullock) is Andew’s (Reynolds) boss at a publishing house in New York. Their relationship is an intense one. He wants to one day become a published author and so he needs her. She, on the other hand, is only aware of his existence when it’s useful to her, that is when she needs coffee, someone to take notes for her or some muscles to escort yet another disgruntled employee off the premises after she sacks them. She’s a workaholic who disregards the feelings of everyone around her.
He’s the prodigal son whenever he heads home to Alaska. They’re not suited to being in close proximity to each other, never mind anything else, but Margaret is in a very sticky situation and Andrew might be the only person who can rescue her and so begins their very unlikely ‘relationship’.
She’s about to be deported to Canada because she doesn’t have the proper working visa. There’s no way to bend the rules, except maybe marrying her assistant, an idea that she announces to her superiors without even running it past Andrew first. But it’s not that simple. As well as being married they would also have to prove their love for one another to the immigration officials, which might be a little bit trickier seeing as they can’t stand each other. And then there’s the matter of having to attend Andrew’s granny’s 90th birthday party and sell the sham to his family in order to beat the system. Alaska brings a whole new set of problems, like a suspicious future father-in-law, a granny set on getting some great-grandchildren, an ex, a stripper and a very troublesome little dog.
Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds work better together than you might imagine together, making the love/hate relationship of Margaret and Andrew convincing. There are also some great support performances, particularly from Betty White (of 'The Golden Girls' fame), as the interfering-but-well-meaning granny. There’s a lot of over-the-top, all-too-obvious comedy here and the plot is completely predictable but what rom-com is a challenge?
If you’re ticking off the boxes for 'The Propsoal' then... There are laughs, there is some romance and most of the characters are fairly likeable. It’s not likely to rock your world but it’s fun nonsense with enough eye-candy to keep everyone happy.