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The Proposal

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Charming romcom is best for older teens and up.

Movie PG-13 2009 104 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 37 parent reviews

age 18+

Too much nudity...

I bought this Rom-Com and watch it often, because I do like the end result. Ramone is disgusting to watch as he puts on his stripper act... I love the interaction between Sandra and Ryan, and wish they would have an actual wedding that counts!The nudity between them is unnecessary in their living area. I am a Mom, GM and GGM, and this has some fun laughs and good truths!... Definitely an adult movie!!! BH
age 12+

Very sweet movie, but lots of sex jokes!

I'm a parent who has more problems with violence than sexual situations (as long as they are comedic), so I found this fine for my 12yr old. Sandra and Ryan have great chemistry and comedic timing. We laughed together through the whole movie. There are quite a few sexual references, including a terrible-performing strip dance guy (he goes down to his undies) and a pretty showy scene where Sandra and Ryan slam into each other completely naked. It's a hilarious moment, but if you aren't comfortable with that, then I would steer clear of this movie with your kids. But the message of how important family is over material wealth rings loudly in this film which I loved, and my daughter can't stop talking about Betty White's performance!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (37 ):
Kids say (116 ):

There's nothing original about an uptight career woman who needs some lovin' falling for her gorgeous, put-upon assistant. But Bullock and Reynolds have a breezy chemistry that most on-screen couples never achieve. They're equally believable as boss-and-subordinate as they are as reluctant lovers. Both have finely honed comedy skills, and they're bolstered by scene-stealing supporting actors, particularly Betty White as Andrew's grandmother and Oscar Nuñez (The Office) as a jack of all trades (including exotic dancer).

Obviously, there aren't many unconventional twists to this mainstream love story. But occasionally a good ol' genre flick is well executed enough to transcend its predictable plot. Director Anne Fletcher hit the jackpot with leads who know (no doubt due to their long-term off-screen friendship) how to make each other funnier. Move over Matthew and Kate -- it's time for Sandy and Ryan to be Hollywood's new golden romcom couple.

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