Capone says Ryan Reynolds saves THE PROPOSAL from being total rom-com shit!
Hey, folks. Capone in Chicago here. Ryan Reynolds has been the source of many surprises in my movie-going world of late, and he continues that streak with THE PROPOSAL, a film that by all rights should be as disposable as most of romantic-comedies of late but isn't because Reynolds' type of funny is funnier than most. My appreciation of Reynolds dates back to "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" (yeah, I said it). While I only watched this mediocre sitcom sporadically during its inexplicably long run, I will say that I distinctly remember thinking that Reynolds' brand of smarmy charm won me over. His unforgettable turn in VAN WILDER came shortly thereafter, and while he didn't get an bonus points for being in BLADE: TRINITY or THE AMITYVILLE HORROR remake, he did give us WAITING, which more than made up for any past mistakes. The first genuine surprise he delivered in my book was DEFINITELY, MAYBE. I can't quite put my finger on why that film got to me as strongly as it did (and not just me, I should add; for the most part, critics and audiences dug this movie). Earlier this year, the dude surprised me again with an excellent serious turn in ADVENTURELAND, followed by a quick (as in, blink-and-you'll-miss-him quick) turn in WOLVERINE. Sure, I'm curious about his taking branching out his Deadpool persona, but I hope the filmmakers actually allow Reynolds' superior brand of sarcasm and deadpan to come through in the character. I'm also really curious about his turn in the long-delayed (in this country, at least) drama FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN and the upcoming comedy PAPER MAN. I'm in no way implying that THE PROPOSAL even comes close to being as good as Definitely, Maybe, but it's certainly not as terrible as, say, Reynolds' inevitable-conclusion rom-com JUST FRIENDS. My meager recommending of THE PROPOSAL has man caveats. The film has not one, but two moments of public embarrassment for both Reynolds and co-star Sandra Bullock; one is usually a deal-breaker for me. But it seems that for every aspect to the film that I loathed, there was another element that genuinely surprised me. And thanks to Ryan Reynolds, I laughed a great deal more with this film than I have others like it in a very long time. Reynolds plays Andrew, a put-upon executive assistant to a publishing house editor Margaret (Bullock). Margaret is loathed and feared in her office, but Andrew is a dutiful and under-appreciated right hand who is hoping one day to be promoted to editor with her help. Margaret is Canadian and because she can't be bothered to file the proper paperwork with immigration, she's on the verge of being deported. In one of the film's many leaps of credibility, she announces to the powers that be at her firm that she and Andrew are getting married, which sends all sorts of red flags up at the immigration department, who seem eager to catch her fraud and throw her out of the country. In an effort to make their relationship seem real, Margaret decides to join Andrew on his already-scheduled trip to see his family in Alaska. Yes, one of the films THE PROPOSAL resembles is NEW IN TOWN, as we see Margaret in her six-inch heels make her way around the rugged terrain of Alaska. Turns out Andrew's family (mother Mary Steenburgen, father Craig T. Nelson, and very funny grandmother Betty White) is rich and practically owns the town he grew up in, but they also happen to be genuinely good, loving people who haven't seen their son in three years because of the grueling schedule Margaret forces him to keep. If you can't see where all of this is going, you're a dunderhead. Director Anne Fletcher hasn't exactly made a living making unpredictable films (her other two works are 27 DRESSEES and STEP UP), and THE PROPOSAL is not exactly an example of her branching out. The real key to anything this film accomplishes is, of course, Reynolds. I've seen Sandra Bullock be funny--and she certainly has her moments here, including a creative "nude scene" with Reynolds--but a grumpy, bitter, nasty Bullock is surprisingly not nearly as interesting as the bitch that runs rampant through this film. I have no trouble enjoying films with unlikable characters, but what she's doing here just isn't very funny or compelling. Reynolds on the other hand is great in nearly every scene. In case you hadn't figured it out, the entire premise of the film is a role reversal from the traditional office-setting comedies (such as 27 DRESSES), where the female underling falls for the boss. So in a sense, Reynolds is playing a chick for much of the film, and he does it quite convincingly. He's sensitive, emotionally driven, and seems to take all-too convincingly to the subservient position ("I can see your vagina from here!"). The dynamic changes a bit when Bullock springs the wedding idea on him, but old habits die hard. As the film goes on, some of the best scenes between the two are not meant to be funny. They share a room at his parents' house (her in the bed, him on the floor), and they have long, late-night conversations about each other's lives, partly to prepare for their immigration test and partly just because she doesn't know that much about him. These scenes are actually kind of sweet, and it's when Bullock essentially drops character that she becomes much more engaging. The film is filled with underwritten supporting characters, including Malin Akerman as Andrew's former high school/college flame, who seems extra happy to see him. At least the film doesn't set her up as some sort of artificial rival just to give us a villainous character. I did like seeing "The Office's" Oscar Nuñez as the town's jack-of-all-trades, including male exotic dancer, which makes for one of the film's most obvious but still funny sequences. Denis O'Hare as the immigration officer who isn't buying this marriage arrangement for a second overplays a character that was probably not well developed on the page either. He might as well be twirling his wax mustache while he delivers his boring dialogue. The film's final act brings in a totally unnecessary impromptu wedding and an officeplace finale that is just plain dumb. THE PROPOSAL is just plain dumb, let's make that one thing perfectly clear, but Reynolds' verbal trades with Bullock make it just good enough that fans of his will feel like they got their money's worth... probably. It's a coin toss as far as I'm concerned, and the odds are the coin will land on its side. But Reynolds provides just enough of his brand of humor to push the coin over in favor of seeing this film. If your significant other is chomping at the bit to see THE PROPOSAL, you could do a lot worse. (Please feel free to put that on the poster.) -- Capone firstname.lastname@example.org
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June 19, 2009, 11 a.m. CST
by Jawa 007
Just admit it.
June 19, 2009, 11:13 a.m. CST
her eyebrows is now up her ass! She looks a mess and this movie looks like shit!
June 19, 2009, 11:17 a.m. CST
I'm a HUGE fan and his humor is the only one in Hollywood that I identify with nowadays.<p> However, there is NO way you can pay me to go see this movie. I've seen all this shit before and I don't have the desire to plop down $10 for another shitty romcom.
June 19, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST
How can you hold Blade III against him, Reynolds was one of the two best things in that movie. It's not his fault Goyer sucks as a director.
June 19, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST
It has a strong rewatchability factor. But then, I have always been a sucker for Amy Smart. The ice hockey scene with the kids is comedy gold though, as is Anna Farris's psycho turn at the carol singing. "Wow, you don't see that every day!"
June 19, 2009, 11:21 a.m. CST
June 19, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST
by William Ashbless
Fear not, Rom Com Shit! I shall save you!
June 19, 2009, 11:41 a.m. CST
I'll probably rent this when my wife bitches we never watch anything she likes.
June 19, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST
FRANK GAYLORD MARHSALL WROTE,DIRECTED AND CIRCLE JERKED ALL OVER THIS LIL FILM? Frank, man-you're a true soneofabitch
June 19, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST
wow-thats a G R E A T reason to not see this! CANT wait tilli STOP seeing the previes for this shit movie.My chick is beging me to see this(and gents, lemme tell you-i see alot of BULLSHIT to make her happy)...but THIS is where i draw the line.
June 19, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST
June 19, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST
but WHY isnt ryan reynolds a HUGE star? this guy is awesome,seriously.He should've been a big comedy start/action star-whatever long time ago.But he always seems to be like 2nd,3rd or 4th fiddle.I dont get it, this guy is funny as fuck-and likes comics...dude!
June 19, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST
Seriously, I completely loathed the guy. I hated the smarm and I really hated his face. It must have been a bad vibe or something. It felt instictive because aside from "Van Wilder" I can't actually recall seeing him in anything I hated. Then I saw "Definitely/Maybe" and now I don't mind him. He'll make a kickass Deadpool, especially since they have to mess up that pretty face.
June 19, 2009, noon CST
I'd see it just for her but the bus from the nursing home is broken down again so I guess I'll wait for it to come out on cable.
June 19, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST
June 19, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST
by Stuntcock Mike
I'm a fan forever due to that line.
June 19, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST
I agree, Reynolds makes the unwatchable watchable, and for those of us with wives, this is key in choosing what shit to watch. Unfortunately, he amkes the unwatchable watchable means that he can;t choose scripts for shit, because half of the shit he does is only made watchable because of his presence. <br> <br> And that's why he isn;t a huge star. Good for him in avoiding the Van Wilder sequels and prequels, it shows he has SOME brainpower in sifting through scripts, but come on! He has good presence on screen, is extremely likeable and charismatic but looking through his IMDB page is like looking through a manual on how to never become "the man." Hate on Mel all you want, but his career was well thought-out and he made the choices that Reynolds seemingly can't.
June 19, 2009, 12:20 p.m. CST
by Mr. Zeddemore
He's an asshole. <p> And Deadpool should cement his awesome. He's essentially agreeing to play a one-note character wearing a mask who makes wisecracks and who - even if the mask is taken off - is so scarred that he can't get by on his looks. That's committment to a character.
June 19, 2009, 12:24 p.m. CST
June 19, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST
June 19, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST
Cap-Definately, Maybe was a great movie, glad you mentioned it. So do you put this movie with "I need a mini w/my coke to get by" or "I could sure use a drink to erase the last two hours"?
June 19, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST
is because I share a like for him with my girlfriend. And I read his workout routines and diet and have been following them for months. Okay, sounds weird but I am in great shape, getting laid regularily and am happy. I have been on this site for like 12 years so let's just say the past 4 months have been the best in my sorry time checking this site daily.
June 19, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST
he seems like a likeable actor, but all his movies have sucked so far. hopefully he will get better movies to work on. I thought Waiting was crap, too. should have been so much better. The restaurant industry is begging for a better comedy.
June 19, 2009, 1:04 p.m. CST
June 19, 2009, 1:07 p.m. CST
Who cares about granny Bullock's fake nudity. What about Akerman? If Malin aint naked in the movie then the movie has no value. Nothing else matters.
June 19, 2009, 1:21 p.m. CST
Or Chaos Theory? Nines sucked bad. Have yet to see Chaos.
June 19, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST
It was a good concept let down by it not tying together as tightly as it might have and not being Lynchian enough.
June 19, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST
87 years old, still cussing like a sailor. In interviews the chick is sharp as a tack and hilarious.
June 19, 2009, 1:44 p.m. CST
<P>Okay, maybe I'm being a little naive here, but if they sign a marriage license aren't they legally married regardless of whether some random INS agent believes it's twue wuv? Wouldn't it be a fairly simple procedure to get her US citizenship if she marries a US citizen?<P> <P>Or is the whole point of the movie that they're trying to convince INS that they're legally married when they really aren't?<P>
June 19, 2009, 1:56 p.m. CST
his "comedy tour de force" is WAITING. and FRIEND,MAYBE has funny moments too.I dug the NINE,although he's jsut "pleasant" and not supe-funny.And he was pretty funny in Blade 3.They need to throw him in an APATOW film-or something where he can GEL with some other funny fucks.
June 19, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST
But the short film god thats on the dvd is very funny and stars Jenny McCarthy's hotter cousin.
June 19, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST
How dare you Capone crap all over Reynold's funniest film to date. It even has Anna Farris at her funniest also and you love her. Watch it again, trust me.
June 19, 2009, 2:23 p.m. CST
My dad is about to get remarried in the states (we're Canadian) and there really is a lot of things Immogration looks at, checks up on and so on. I thought it was all made up for comedies but after talking to him and his wife to be its not that far from the truth. Apparently the check ups can continue up to two years after the wedding as well. I've always liked Ryan Reynolds since Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (same with Nathan Fillion) and am anxiously awaiting his playing the real Deadpool. An insane, 4th Wall breaking, delusional ass-kicker could make for an swesome movie.
June 19, 2009, 2:38 p.m. CST
I liked watching that because of Reynolds and Richard Roccolo as Pete and Berg... I had forgotten that Nathan Fillion had been on it as well 'til I saw a blooper show on TV not so long ago.
June 19, 2009, 2:49 p.m. CST
Before watching these types of films. I'll probably wind up seeing this on some plane.
June 19, 2009, 2:51 p.m. CST
I didn't get past the first sentence...don't even know why I clicked the link, actually, having zero-interest in romantic comedies...
June 19, 2009, 2:56 p.m. CST
...was the poor mans Jim Carrey. I still think that, but now I kinda like the guy. Just Friends took my by surprise, and Waiting nailed serving food to the public.
June 19, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST
Are both fucking hilarious.waiting was the truth on film.It had enough effect on me to where if i ever have a really bad dining experince i'll get up and leave not bitch
June 19, 2009, 3:23 p.m. CST
Waiting is great. especially if you've ever worked in a restaurant. Even moreso a chain restaurant.
June 19, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST
That was a flick that he really acted in. Could be his best.
June 19, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST
Come on folks!
June 19, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST
So, basically, a Deadpool movie would be like Ferris Bueller's Day off, but with swords? <p>I'd go see that.
June 19, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST
The man is prolific in '09.
June 19, 2009, 5:02 p.m. CST
I love her. Even more as a brunette.
June 19, 2009, 5:52 p.m. CST
This seems to be some attempt at a "selling point" for this film. So, does Bullock show the goods or not? It's PG-13, so I doubt it....
June 19, 2009, 6:22 p.m. CST
X Rom Com = No.
June 19, 2009, 6:48 p.m. CST
Worth watching, certainly. Something different. Thanks for the warning on 'Nines'.
June 19, 2009, 8:25 p.m. CST
I just got an image of Ferris Bueller with swords... and it was awesome.
June 19, 2009, 8:34 p.m. CST
.... for JUST FRIENDS <p> That movie suprised me.<p>Yeah the ending is utterly predictable, but aren't we catering for the chickies too? don't they love the formulaic ROMCOMs? and what's a formulaic ROMCOM without the "Guy gets girl in the end" part? Have a heart Capone.<p> As for this shit, I fucking hate Sandra Bullock, same movies, same characters, no nudity.... ehem... I find only 1 fault in Lemure_v2's equation, since Ryan Reynolds=Awesome, a neater equation would be<p> SANDRABULLOCK x ROMCOM = BIG FUCKING NO.<p> therefore I certainly wont be seeing it, my wife will no doubt rent it though.
June 19, 2009, 8:53 p.m. CST
for the love of god do not see this film. i felt like i was having my skull fucked for an hour and a half - it was depressing to say the least. I feel like I actually have to work up energy to see any other film. Ryan Reynolds is the most vapid actor in cinema -there is NOTHING good about him. If you value movies and your soul, do not see this film. This is a pathetic film which you would not even given the time of day if it were not starring two Hollywood stars.
June 19, 2009, 10:47 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
Old people swearing for cheap laughs = EPIC FAIL. Hasn't Betty White been doing this stock "foul-mouthed granny" shit for the last 20 years?<br><br>And Sandra Bullock still looks AMAZING, although I doubt the highly-touted "nude" scene will give us anything more than a brief glimpse of buttocks, because male nudity = funny, while female nudity = NC-17.
June 19, 2009, 10:51 p.m. CST
by DAS JANKE
ever. so who gives a fuck if the ending is predictable? no shit, dumbass. it's a rom-com. did you expect him to be a dead guy that didn't realize he was dead at the end? no, dumbass, you expect them to get together. and it was fucking hilarious the whole way through. it's sentimental tripe, sure--but it's fucking amazing how they make fun of the 90s.
June 19, 2009, 11:54 p.m. CST
with embalming fluid. <P> Or the tanning booth turned her into wood.
June 20, 2009, 12:26 a.m. CST
Just the idea of this movie is horrifying. And I hate the fucking posters for it that they have all over town. Sandra Bullock? And Ryan Reynolds? What are you thinking...
June 20, 2009, 1 a.m. CST
It was a rom-com that had more laughs than most, and wasn't too syropy near the end. Plus, Anna Farris was hilarious in it.
June 20, 2009, 2:01 a.m. CST
I just got back from a date where we went to see The Hangover, and the only movie left to sneak into was this. I like Reynolds, so I wasn't completely opposed. <a> And you're right, Reynold was the only good point in this movie. Craig T. is a badass and Mary Steenburgen is hot, but this movie was truly horrible. It came to the point that I would laugh loudly after all the other teenage girls and middle age women in the theater finished laughing. Bad Capone.. badddd
June 20, 2009, 7 a.m. CST
The last two season when they dropped "and a pizza place" off the title were actually very funny. They had THE best cast on a sitcom tv since Cheers. The crazy red head girl that was their neighbor, and her short, hyper mailman boyfriend were great. The episode were Reynolds shows up drunk for a bachelor auction is a classic.
June 20, 2009, 7:58 a.m. CST
fwiw, i worked on the set of Paper Man, and Reynolds was f-ing hilarious. His obnoxious back-and-forth with Jeff Daniels is classic. Just wait, you'll see.
June 20, 2009, 9:26 a.m. CST
by Kid Z
...like, pushing 60 or something by now?
June 20, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST
by Kid Z
...and doesn't that just suck? No one, even women, really want to see a nude male. The female body is a work of art, the male body is like a Jeep, made to haul shit and get around. (Yeah, that's from Seinfeld, what isn't?) Used to be you'd get at least a flash of boob in just about every movie released back in the 70's and 80's. Hell, we even got some completely unnecessary and gratuitous JoBeth Williams full frontal in one of those lame "teacher turns around a ghetto school" movies back in the 80's! Thank the gay PC Police for today's current drought of naked babes. What's wrong with H/wood these days? I'd actually go to see Transformers 2 if Megan Fox had her bra pop off in just one scene!
June 20, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST
Saw it last night. Bullock and Reynolds have great on-screen chemistry. Quite the opposite of Capone, I preferred the first third or so of the film wherein Bullock's character is nasty, bitchy and she and Reynold's character are duking it out with a growing sense of sexual attraction between them. After that, the film drops off a bit and gets a bit too predictable. Overall a better-than-average rom-com with two very compelling leads. I'm a big Sandra Bullock fan and now am a bigger Ryan Reynolds fan. I'd give it a 7.5 out of 10.
June 20, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST
Preach brother preach!
June 20, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST
dude, what planet do you live on? "naked babes" are hardly a scarce commodity. <p> And when you say 'the female body', say what you mean. I'm guessing it's not just any female body you want to see, but extremely young female bodies of a very specific type.
June 20, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST
by Anal Inflictor
is such a freak in bed she'd make Sarah Silverman look like a nun.
June 20, 2009, 2:35 p.m. CST
by andrew coleman
Why? I mean does Sandra Bullock really bring in the masses? I saw it made 12 million on friday and my jaw dropped. I mean this is beating a Black/Cera movie. Not sure if I should be proud or ashamed at people right now. I guess a little of both.
June 21, 2009, 3:07 a.m. CST
I saw it at a packed house in Burbank and everyone loved the movie. Its funny, sexy, warm and (compared to The Hangover) safe. 13 yr old girls loved it and so did grandfolks. So kill us, snarkers. And by the way, 44% on rotten tomatos tells me critics are terrified of taking a chance and commending the crowd pleaser. So fuck them too.
June 21, 2009, 3:15 a.m. CST
using "gay" as a derogatory term makes you the living equivalent of my late uncle Bill who used the term "jigaboo" for an African American. Long live dumbshits.
June 22, 2009, 3:28 p.m. CST
by Evil Sean
Has the demo for this site changed and no one told me? There have been at least 3 reviews for blatant chick flicks in the past year (Sex and the Harpies, Proposal and another whose name escapes me right now). The common theme of the last 2 rom-com reviews was that they both said something like: "these movies are usually pretty shitty but if your girlfriend or wife is gonna make you sit through one, this is the one you should sit through." This alone makes me suspect that AICN are now either sellout studio-shills or too stupid to realize they're being manipulated by Hollywood to "recommend" these movies. In the meantime, it would have been nice to have any sort of advance notice of GI Joe: Resolute on Adult Swim a few months back or possibly a talkback for the Spike Guy's Choice Awards last night. I was expecting it to suck, the tributes to Fight Club and Clint Eastwood were actually pretty badass and Mickey Roarke had a terrific moment as well. I guess I'll go spend some quality time on Mania or Bleeding Cool since you guys aren't serving your market anymore. Peace.
Sept. 27, 2009, 7:11 a.m. CST
i swear, if i see him leaning on a woman advertising another rom-com then i'm finished with him. <p> got to give him his props, though. He's made an effort with the fanboy films.
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