Friday, January 1, 2010

The Proposal for the New Year

What a way to start the new year! After a late night eating Brazilian meats at Fogo de Chao downtown and partying at Morgan and Marisa's house, what better way to waste the next day than to watch part of a Jennifer Aniston marathon on Lifetime followed by a Sandra Bullock flick?

The Proposal is as formulaic as romance comedies get, yet it is surprisingly not awful. Bullock and Ryan Reynolds save a bad script with their likability and chemistry. She enters "cougar" territory by winning him over by the end (sorry if this is a spoiler, but someone would have to be an alien to not see it coming) after starting off as his cold-blooded boss at their publishing company.

The casting of Reynolds' Alaskan family is a bit of as head-scratcher. Craig T. Nelson and Mary Steenburgen are a couple of my least-favorite actors. Betty White does as much as possible with a dumb role, the scene in which she Indian dances in the snow with Bullock being Exhibit A.

But Oscar Nunez from The Office is wonderful as the deliciously awkward jack-of-all-trades (including Chippendale-like dancer) in the small Alaska town where most of the action takes place.

Reynolds, it should be noted, is building a pretty decent little repertoire, including Dick, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, National Lampoon's Van Wilder, and Definitely, Maybe. Should be interesting to see how he fares in the future.

**1/2 out of ***** stars


  1. Interesting. I watched the same movie today. I agree with your 2 1/2 stars, but it sure was fun.

  2. I was thinking. Wouldn't it be weird to be George Clooney or Sandra Bullock? There is definitely somebody watching one of your movies at all times every single day somewhere in the world. They are always being watched.