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The Proposal June 19, 2009
The Proposal
Studio: Touchstone Pictures
Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, nudity and language.

Romantic comedies aren't that tough to figure out. Like most movie genres they usually follow a formula.

That is the case for "The Proposal." Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds star as a pushy boss and a put-upon assistant.

Bullock's Margaret Tate is a successful book editor, but she's also a terror. However, Margaret finds she needs help from Andrew, the man she's been abusing. It seems that Margaret is in the country illegally and she's about to be sent back to Canada. She convinces Andrew to agree to a sham marriage, one that will keep her employed in the U.S.

But now, the unhappy couple has to sell the story and not everyone is eager to buy the fact that they'll soon be enjoying wedded bliss.

The story shifts to Alaska, where Margaret and Andrew try to keep the truth from his family, which includes Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson and Betty White.

I'm not going to tell you that you haven't seen this type of movie before. You have. A couple of characters who don't get along are forced into a situation where they begin to learn about each other and as they do their feelings change.

But don't let that keep you from seeing it. Bullock and Reynolds turn in very good performances and never let even the predictable moments slow the story down. His family is a real group and not some Hollywood-inspired collection of misfits. It's funny and not too sweet and a good time at the movies.

On my rating scale, "The Proposal" earns a TRIPLE.

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