Monday, June 22, 2009

Movie Review: The Proposal


Brent and I snuck out for a late movie on Saturday, leaving the kids within earshot of their grandma. The showing we wanted was sold out, surprising Brent but not me, so we ended up a bit later than we expected and wanted.

That being said, we had a great evening out.

The Proposal is about a super mean Canadian book editor who essentially blackmails her adorable and desperate (to be a book editor too) assistant into marrying her so she won't get deported.

It's predictable if you're paying attention, but the chemistry and physical comedy of the actors is so fun that it works anyway. Sandra Bullock is cute as ever, even if she is looking older. Ryan Reynolds is, um, drool-worthy.

There is one scene that I thought was a bit too much. Margaret (Sandra) gets out of the shower and, not seeing any towels, has a few moments on screen naked. Now, nothing explicit is shown, but covering your parts with hands and arms doesn't really do it for me. I was disappointed, thought it was a bit off-putting. When the two naked people (he strips on the balcony to get in the shower not realizing she is home) run into each other, you get the side view. Again, disappointing. Not that the view is bad, just completely unnecessary. You know?

I hate when movies I like have one scene that has really objectionable stuff. It really does ruin the movie for me. I guess I would consider owning this movie (and showing it to others) if I had a filter and could take out that scene. I did like it, and despite the scene, it has heart and is filled with beautiful (albeit fake) Alaskan scenery (it was filmed in Massachussettes and Rhode Island) and the leads are really fun to watch.

So, ignoring the scene, The Proposal gets 4 out of 5 stars. Not ignoring the scene, it only gets 2 1/2. Yeah, it bothered me that much. If that stuff doesn't bother you, you'll probably like it a lot. If it does bother you, wait till it's out on video and you can watch it with a filter over at my house. :)

5 comments:

Ethan said...

I actually thought that the movie would be interesting, and since I wouldn't have known about that one scene I might have even seen it. Thanks for the catch. :-)

-- Eepii (who isn't busy until trek on thursday)

nora.lakehurst said...

My SIL is going to go with me to see it. So it will be ok as long as I dont see that one part. I shall hide my eyes. :D

Marcy said...

I agree. Couldn't stand that scene, nor the one almost right before it. Dumb, dumb, prolonged.

CarrieAnne said...

Wait. is this coming from the same girl who, along with Lis, told me that a certain movie "Had nothing wrong with it...well, besides the porn." ;-P

Natasha said...

I'm LDS and the scene didn't bother me at all. I guess because I see people in their bikinis on every magazine cover and on tv and at the midway and I see myself naked all the time and the context was innocent.

I'm surprised that you mention THAT scene and not the stripping. ??