Repeat Watch: The Proposal
The Proposal was released in 2009 and quickly became one of the most popular modern romantic comedies in recent years. It was directed by Anne Fletcher and written by Peter Chiarelli. Starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, the film follows a Canadian book publisher who faces deportation because of her expired visa. Some of the supporting cast is comprised of Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, Oscar Nunez, and Betty White. The film went on to gain $163 million at the box office with its leads widely celebrated for their on-screen chemistry.
So, if we’re going to talk about some fun, romantic movies to watch around Valentine’s Day, why should The Proposal be one of them?
1) The Two Leads
The overall success of The Proposal is definitely owed to its two leads. Reynolds and Bullock both have comedic chops, and they each have a chance to showcase them throughout the story. Reynolds has an impeccable ability to deliver terse one-liners, and I’m fairly sure there are few things funnier than Sandra Bullock chanting in the woods with Betty White. In addition to the comedic aspects, they also have excellent chemistry together.
2) Some Fun, Unconventional Twists
While this movie has some of the ridiculous premises that most romantic comedies contain, there are also some fun twists. The fact that the character of Margaret is older than Andrew and his boss gives a slight shift to the normal dynamic. The way they include the character of Gertrude is also a nice twist since she’s not actively fighting for the affections of Andrew. It’s another nice surprise that ventures outside of the normal realms of romantic comedies.
3) Two Sympathetic Characters
Lastly, I think part of my endearment toward this story in particular is that both Margaret and Andrew are relatable characters. Andrew’s whole life is spent trying to please his boss and advance in his career. He does this at the expense of his family, and he has a strained relationship with his father. Margaret, though, goes through the most amount of changes. She’s been alone for a long time, and it is her rediscovery of the love of family that gives the film a little more heart.
Does it still have problems? Yep. Is it still over-the-top in a way many romantic comedies are? Absolutely. However, I will say that I have found that this movie can be enjoyed by both male and female audiences alike. At the end of the day, it’s a heartwarming comedy with some unconventional aspects to its credit. If you plan on watching a romantic film leading up to Valentine’s Day, I would suggest giving The Proposal a chance.
Mollie is a film enthusiast, aspiring writer/screenwriter, and a lover of all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. She is the co-founder of The Digital Shore (@thedigitalshore) and Above The Line (@atl_movies). You can follow her many adventures through Twitter and Instagram at @mcbeach.