Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, Craig T. Nelson, Betty White


The Proposal



Here’s a question for you:  How many unfunny comedies can you see in one week?  So far I’ve seen two, which is probably more than you have; after all, you’re not a critic, right?  You can pick and choose your comedies anytime you want.  But me?  I’ve seen “Year One,” with Jack Black and Michael Cera; and “The Proposal,” with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.  Apart from the fact that Bullock is 46 and Reynolds is just 33, they certainly seem like a couple made in heaven.  After all, she is his boss at a publishing company and he is what used to be called a secretary – now, of course, an Administrative Assistant.  She wears 6-inch heels and orders him around – shades of “The Devil Wears Prada” – but in the film she has neglected to fill out her U.S.Visa extension form and is about to be deported to her home in Canada unless she can marry someone within 24 hours. 


Do you get the wit here?  She will marry Ryan Reynolds, then divorce him after she gets permanent residence here.  Is that funny?  Well, not to me, but then I probably don’t have a sense of humor.  Anyway, they must go to visit his family, who happens to live in Sitka, Alaska.  Is that also funny?  I’m only asking.  Then they meet his mother, Mary Steenburgen, his father, Craig T. Nelson, and Gammy Betty White (that’s grandmother, as in Annie Hall, to you), all of whom are excited about the wedding.  Gammy even does a white version of a Tlingit dance, which Bullock joins in on.  Another funny moment which was lost on me.


And then she decides she can’t go through with it and makes a speech at the wedding ceremony, which of course means that Ryan truly loves her and she truly loves him, and he pursues her from Sitka to New York, where – oh, that would be giving it away, wouldn’t it.  And I know you wouldn’t want that, would you?