The Proposal (2009) - Deluxe DVD Edition

Genre(s): Comedy / Romance
Touchstone || PG13 - 108 minutes - $39.99 || October 13, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-10-05

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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

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Director: Anne Fletcher
Writer(s): Pete Chiarelli (written by)
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson,Del Betty White

Theatrical Release Date: June 19, 2009

Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Set Antics
  • Digital Copy

Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French

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.::THE FILM::.

If you had told me back in June that The Proposal would be one of the biggest sleeper hits of the year, making nearly $300 million worldwide at the end of its run, I would have told you that you were crazy. It turns out though that you would have been correct though, as the movie became a huge hit due to the comedy involved as well as the big cast of Deadpool and that chick from Speed. The previous was obviously a joke, if you didnít get it then sorry, Iíll move on to the review.

Margaret (Sandra Bullock) works, works, and works some more in her life. Her job takes up almost her entire life, and she hasnít dated in over a year. Her eager yet slowly dying on the inside assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds) caters to her every need, but since heís always working for her he hasnít returned home in nearly three years. After Margaret is forced to fire Bob (Aasif Mandvi) for being too lazy, sheís called into her bosses office where sheís told she is about to be deported. It turns out sheís an illegal citizen, and unless she finds a way to stay in the country she has to leave for at least a year to resubmit her application. Andrew walks in as planned and Margaret forces him to take her with him to see his parents in Alaska, much to her chagrin, and sheís also forced to ask him to marry her.

After meeting with a rough officer at the Immigration Services Department, the newly engaged fake couple head to Alaska to meet Andrewís Parents, Grace (Mary Steenburgen) and Joe (Craig Nelson). Joe is immediately off put by the idea of his son getting married to a girl they never even knew about, and treats Andrew like crap for the duration that they are there. Grace however introduces and befriends Margaret right away and introduces her to Grandma Annie (Betty White). After being angered by Joe, Andrew announces to the entire party that they are engaged and asks Margaret to tell the tale of how it happened. Itís now up to the fake couple to convince the family they are indeed in love, fool the INS agent trolling them, and maybe just maybe fall in love for real.

I must say, this movie surprised the heck out of me. I found myself laughing at the entire cast with the jokes, as they all managed to hit perfectly. Reynolds and Bullock are great in their respective roles, mainly because they played their characters perfectly. Andrew is a character you want to like since he has to do the marriage thing to save his job since Margaret threatens him. Margaret is the person you want to hate but can clearly see why sheís so damaged and hates the world so much.

The supporting cast of Nelson, Steenburgen, and White are also just as hilarious in their roles. Annie has a few hilarious moments when sheís trying to bond with Margaret in the dress shop, and her role at the end of the film is freaking hysterical. Nelson comes off a little too hard though as the grumpy father-figure and was a character I thought though needed a bit of fine tuning in the script department. He only has a handful of lines, while his wife gets way more lines and scenes in comparison to him. The bachelorette party scene with White, Steenburgen, and other females is absolutely the funniest scene in the film, so I wonít spoil it for you but I must say that I found myself unable to breathe from laughter due to it.

This is a fantastic movie and thereís no denying it. Itís a comedy with a few serious elements thrown in for good measure, and it works in the end. Thereís nothing really wrong with the film beside a supporting cast being too underdeveloped, so this one ranks up there with one of the best movies of the year.


Commentary by Anne Fletcher and Peter Chiarelli: The two mesh incredibly well together in this rarely a dry moment commentary, so I highly suggest a listen. Fletcher discusses more of the story, while Chiarelli talked more about the cast and characters in-depth. Itís a fun and upbeat commentary and you can tell that they both enjoyed doing this one, mainly because they probably did it after seeing the box-office receipts.

Alternate Ending (7 minutes): The only difference in this ending is where the couple meet for the final time, but this one has just as many laughs and a great cameo by a television actress that I wonít spoil. This is worth a look just be forewarned itís not complete in the technical sense since you can obviously see the green screen in the background.

Deleted Scenes (2 minutes): You only get two extra scenes that didnít make it into the film, and these can be skipped. Thereís no humor value to be had here and nothing relating to the story either.

Set Antics (7 minutes): The cast goofs around while shooting the film and flubs up their lines in this feature. A few of these are quite funny, especially the one with the golf club that Reynolds tries to pull out, so Iíd recommend watching this short but funny segment.

Finally, the second disc contains a Digital Copy that can be used with I-Tunes and other portable devices.


Finally, a film that doesnít look too dark even though the cast is obviously outside and sun is beaming down on them. Thereís no issue here what so ever with brightness levels, as they are perfect throughout. Color-wise, the transfer also does a phenomenal job showcasing the bright and detailed colors that go the entire duration. I didnít notice any over blowing of any particular color, and when it came to flesh tones I was pleasantly surprised that they looked appropriate. The one lone complaint lies in the fact that there were a few scenes that did have a bit of noise in them, mainly the outdoor shots here and there. Other than that though, this is an excellent transfer.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track wonít be winning any awards anytime soon for surround usage, but it will get props from me for being loud and engaging with the dialogue. Dialogue it loud and never was there a time when I had to tweak the volume of my receiver, which is a huge plus for me. The bad news is that thereís fairly little surround usage and even when there was it was either too light or just didnít sound appropriate at the time. Granted though there are maybe at most a few scenes where surround usage could have been improved or used at all, so Iím only knocking it down a star because of that. This is still a great dialogue-heavy track that is mainly front centered, so those few with only a light setup will be able to enjoy without fear of being unable to hear things.


The Proposal was a breakout and a sleeper hit at the same time this year, and as you can see from my glowing review of it that itís deserving of your bucks. The technical package is excellent and the special features package has a little something for everyone. This is one DVD that needs to be in your collection; so, on October 13th get ready to propose. Letís just hope it says ďyesĒ to being added to your collection!