Starring: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds

Release Year: 2009

McCain Library Call #: 2089


If 2005’s Just Friends (starring Reynolds) didn’t make you want to raid the world’s precious film vaults, throw every film reel in the history of film into a huge hill, and ignite the whole thing with lighter fluid, then The Proposal will. The film, directed by Anne Fletcher,tells the story of Margaret and Andrew. Margaret (Bullock) is a controlling , hated boss at an editing company. Andrew (Reynolds) is her meek, pushover secretary. When Margaret (who is Canadian) gets threatened with deportation, she blackmails Andrew into marrying her so she can stay in the U.S. Thus ensues a weekend with Andrew’s family full of failed comedic moments, in which the two of them end up falling in love.

The writing is crap, and aside from several clever moments on Reynolds’ part, and acting is, too. One particular scene, in which Margaret finds Andrew’s 90 year-old grandmother doing “Native American” chants in the woods, and which devolves into Sandra Bullock booty-shaking to Lil’ Jon’s “Get Low,” was just painful to watch. It suddenly felt like I was watching Epic Movie, and that’s never a good sign. Additionally, the film seemed to be dealing with race in a disturbing way. The only non-white character in Andrew’s hometown is some unspecified kind of Latino who keeps popping up throughout the film in a myriad of jobs–from the bachelorette party stripper to the convenience store clerk to the catering waiter. It’s supposed to be funny each time the character appears in a new context, however, I kept wondering: what is this film saying about immigrants? that they need to hold five jobs to make ends meet? The scene at theĀ  end, where he is jokingly questioned by the immigration officer, irked me especially.

Now, with all that said, you might (like me) be wondering the following: how the !$@&*$ did Bullock get a Golden Globe nomination for her role in this train wreck?