The Proposal

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Charming romcom is best for older teens and up.
  • PG-13
  • 2009
  • 104 minutes
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 34 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 100 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Lessons about looking past the superficial.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Margaret treats employees poorly -- especially Andrew. She blackmailshim into marrying her, and he accepts. But as the movie goes forward,she realizes she can't do something so questionable. Andrew andMargaret both learn to look past each other's "covers" to unearth thereal person underneath. Andrew is a good role model as someone whodoesn't just use his family's money to live a life of entitlement butactually works hard for his accomplishments.

Violence

In one scene, Margaret, who can't swim, falls into a lake and has to tread water for a few desperate seconds. The big "naked fall" scene is played for laughs, but it had to hurt...

Sex

The main characters accidentally crash into each other while completely nude (lots of skin is glimpsed, but no uncovered sensitive body parts). In addition to that, there are a few kisses, scenes of a couple in bed, references to morning erections, and a comical sequence of a flabby exotic dancer's strip tease (he gets down to a male G-string and pumps his hips near a woman's face).

Language

Language includes "bitch," "ass," "damn," "s--t," "boobs," "hell," "oh my God," and "Jesus!"

Consumerism

Several brands featured, including Starbucks, Apple (Mac), Pringles, Pepsi, and Hostess.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink at a cocktail party and at a bar, where one character gets buzzed.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this charming romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds has a much talked-about scene in which the leads, both naked, accidentally crash into and fall down on top of each other. But since it's rated PG-13, all that's shown is a tumble of skin. There's also plenty of innuendo, as well as couple of passionate kisses and a comical scene featuring a flabby exotic dancer in a G-string. Language is the basic PG-13 variety ("ass," "bitch," and "s--t" are the main offenders), and there's some social drinking and product placement.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... December 2, 2009

Wow...our rating system really STINKS!

Unbelievable inappropriate nudity. I'm no prude, but the rating system FAILS severely in The Proposal. The nudity is irrelevant and goes on for, what see... Continue reading
Parent of a 14 year old Written byscoogy January 5, 2011

Just cover their eyes when she gets out of the shower!

Loved it, but the naked shower scene is a little much. Sandra is totally naked covered only by her arm and a wash cloth. The guy is obviously naked and they col... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byTheSuperman765 April 16, 2011

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The good stuff * Messages: Lessons about looking past the superficial. * Role models: Margaret treats employees poorly -- espec... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus June 15, 2012

Just OK.

Not for kids!

What's the story?

Margaret (Sandra Bullock) is a shrewish Manhattan book editor who's as feared as The Devil Wears Prada's Miranda Priestly. When Margaret's bosses inform her she's about to be deported back to her native Canada, she blackmails her faithful, exploited assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds) into pretending they're engaged. To convince their incredulous immigration officer, the two agree to visit Andrew's family in Alaska, where they have to put on a believable show for his entire clan. As the weekend progresses, they predictably start falling (literally) for each other.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this movie compares to other romantic comedies. What do most Hollywood "romcoms" tend to have in common? How is this one different (if it is)?

  • Margaret isn't just Andrew's boss, but she's also clearly older than him. Is that a common scenario in romantic movies?

  • The movie's trailer prominently featured the "naked fall" scene. Did knowing about that gag make the scene any less funny? In general, do you think trailers give away too much, or just enough?

Movie details

For kids who love romantic comedies

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