Movie Details

The PROPOSAL

"The Proposal" focuses on an arranged marriage, this time between a demanding female boss (Bullock) faced with deportation who agrees to a sham engagement and marriage with her young stressed out and henpecked male assistant (Reynolds) to avoid being sent back to Canada.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 20 Aug 2009
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Running Time: 1 Hour 48 Minutes
Distributor: BUENA VISTA INTERNATIONAL
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Craig T. Nelson
Director: Anne Fletcher
Format: NA

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Writer: Loong Wai Ting

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Watch this if you liked: “Meet The Parents,” “Maid In Manhattan,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding”

Surprisingly "The Proposal" fared quite well, somewhere above the average its-either-you-love-me-or-you-hate-me type of romance genre that Hollywood has been offering all these years. However it was no surprise to see Sandra Bullock making a grand entrande with her expensive custom-made suits as one of the highest-flying Editor-in-Chief in New York. From her bus-driving days in "Speed" to her criminal-busting detective in "Miss Congeniality," Bullock has improved tremendously and in this movie she invites the audience to empathise with her as pushy boss Margaret Tate.

The movie is funny and entertaining but falls short of being great. This time-tested, fish-out-of-water story can get a little draggy. Expect some yawns when the jokes seem too forced or try too hard. Also, the transition from upper class New Yorkers to quiet town Alaskan folks (part of the story) doesn't seem to convince at first but as it progresses, everything falls into place like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. It's a good thing that unlike most rom-coms, "The Proposal" is more of a family-oriented love story. The strong message behind this movie is suitable for couples, friends and even family alike.

On another note, "The Proposal" easily passes as a National Geographic outdoor assignment of some sort. With scenic shots around Alaska to the misty hills of Ritka and the great Alaskan sea, it makes perfect sense if couples were to 'pop the question' in such awesome landscapes.

One thing to keep in mind though - don't leave just yet when the credits roll. Stay for a minute or two to catch the funny Q & A sessions with the characters. You may find yourself grinning from ear to ear!

Cinema Online, 15 July 2009
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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