The Proposal reviews are as expected for a romantic comedy, as reviews are as middle of the road as any “rom-com.” But The Proposal reviews may not matter that much, due to the stars and due to being a rare 2009 summer chick flick. The Proposal reviews do suggest that fans of Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds and Betty White may find a lot to like. But aside from that, The Proposal reviews aren’t completely kind.
The setup for The Proposal is, indeed, a setup. Boss-from-hell Sandra Bullock needs to get married to stay in the country, so he makes put-upon assistant Ryan Reynolds propose to her. But before they can tie the knot, the two have to stay with Reynolds’ wacky family in Alaska, which includes the likes of Betty White, Craig T. Nelson, Malin Akerman and Mary Steenburgen. Unexpected sparks and nudity ensue.
Buzz for The Proposal is around Sandra Bullock’s first rom-com appearance in a few years, and her pairing with younger up-and-comer Ryan Reynolds. The two already have a much talked about scene where they run into each other naked.
Reviews for The Proposal say that Bullock and Reynolds do deliver in their hate-love moments together. But aside from the main pair, and Betty White making off with scenes of her own, The Proposal is knocked around for its unoriginality.
The consensus on Rotten Tomatoes puts The Proposal reviews at 45% positive thus far, concluding that “Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds exhibit plenty of chemistry, but they’re let down by The Proposal’s devotion to formula.”
However, since The Proposal is the first romantic comedy “chick flick” of the summer, experts speculate that the reviews might not stop it at the box office this week. The Proposal will be in a three way dog fight with The Hangover and Up for the top spot, before Transformers obliterates them all next week.
In addition to Bullock’s fans being anxious to see her back in the comedy genre, Ryan Reynolds’ growing fan base may also come along. This is Reynolds’ second summer film after X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and he is coming off an appearance on the cover of Entertainment Weekly as their “Must Leading Man” on their Must List for summer.
Despite reviews, The Proposal could get fair numbers from an audience that is now considered a “niche” in summer time. After that, rom-com chick flick fans will have to wait another month for another movie like this, when Katherine Heigl and Gerald Butler’s The Ugly Truth opens in July.
Rotten Tomatoes- “The Proposal” www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10010458-proposal/
Entertainment Weekly- “Ryan Reynolds kicks off Entertainment Weekly’s ‘Must List’ issue” popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2009/06/ryan-reynolds-proposal-interview-1.html