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The Proposal (2009)

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Comedy, Drama, Romance |

The Proposal is a American romantic comedy film directed by Anne Fletcher and written by Peter Chiarelli. It stars Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds with Betty White, Mary Steenburgen, and Craig T. Nelson. The plot centers on a Canadian executive who learns that she may face deportation from the U.S. because of her expired visa. Determined to retain her position as editor-in-chief of a publishing house, she convinces her assistant to temporarily act as her fiancé.

Development began in 2005, when Chiarelli wrote the script. Principal filming occurred over a period of two months from March to May 2008. The film received mixed reviews from critics, who criticized its screenplay but praised the chemistry between Bullock and Reynolds.

Margaret Tate is a Canadian, who is executive editor-in-chief of a New York book publishing company. After learning she is about to be deported back to Canada because she violated the terms of her work visa, she persuades her assistant, Andrew Paxton, to marry her. She reminds Andrew that if she’s deported, the work he put in as her assistant will be lost, and he’ll be set back in his dream to become an editor.

Mr. Gilbertson, a U.S. immigration agent, informs them that he suspects they are committing fraud to avoid Margaret’s deportation. Gilbertson tells them that they’ll be asked questions about each other separately. If their answers don’t match, Margaret will be deported to Canada permanently and Andrew will be convicted of a felony punishable by a $250,000 fine and five years in prison. Andrew insists that Margaret make him an editor after their marriage and publish the book he’s been recommending to her. Margaret agrees.

Director: Anne Fletcher

Writer: Peter Chiarelli

Stars: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenburgen, Betty White, Craig T. Nelson, Denis O’Hare, Malin Akerman

Cast:

Sandra BullockMargaret Tate
Ryan ReynoldsAndrew Paxton
Mary SteenburgenGrace Paxton
Craig T. NelsonJoe Paxton
Betty WhiteGrandma Annie
Denis O’HareMr. Gilbertson
Malin AkermanGertrude
Oscar NuñezRamone
Aasif MandviBob Spaulding
Michael NouriChairman Bergen
Michael MosleyChuck
Dale PlaceJim McKittrick
Alicia HuntCoffee Barista
Alexis GarciaImmigration Clerk (as Alexis R. Garcia)
Kortney AdamsColden Books Receptionist
Chris WhitneyMedivac Pilot
Lee WesleyJordan (as Jerell Lee Wesley)
Gregg EdelmanLead Counsel Malloy
Phyllis KayMrs. McKittrick
Kate Lacey-KileyParty Guest (as Kate Lacey)
Gene FlemingStore Owner
Mary Linda RapelyeExecutive Secretary
Anne FletcherJill
B. JohnsonGuy in Office
Cindi AlexWedding Guest
Ellen Becker-GrayWoman Buying Coffee
Brian BradburyAirline Crew
Jodie BrunelleEngagement Party Guest
John J. BurkeAirline passenger
Chemi Che-MpondaAfrican Immigrant at INS Office
Desiree April ConnollyOffice Worker
Diane Curran1st Class Airline Passenger
Eric FerrazImmigrant at INS Office
Keith FlukerBusiness Man
Shawn FogartyAlaska Plane Passenger
John FranchiTaxicab Driver
Alexander ‘Alex’ Garde(uncredited)
Dan GriffinBusinessman / Pedestrian on Sidewalk
Sophya GudelmanSitka Airline Passenger
Joseph GuglielmoGay Friend
London HallWedding and Reception Guest
Patrick Mel HayesOffice Worker
Frankie ImbergamoInt. Airline Passenger
Jessica J. ImmanuelAirline Passenger
Haytham KandilLawyer
Spencer KaydenWedding Guest
Dan MarshallLawyer at Publishing Company
Robert MasielloBusinessman
Ben L. MitchellMail Clerk
Ron MurphyWedding Guest
Niecy NashStewardess
Thomas OlsonParty Guest
Nikki PrestonBusinesswoman
Cory RasmussenMail Room Clerk
Donna Glee ReimReception Guest
Annie RohlingINS Employee
Darren RossBusinessman
Eric RyanGround Crewmen
Cory ScottBagel Guy
Rich SkinnerNew York Cab Driver
Ylian Alfaro SnyderImmigrant at INS Office
Vyvian B. StevensSecretary
StreamIndian Immigrant at INS Office
David StruffolinoWorker in Lobby
UzimannPedestrian
Larry VigusParty Guest
G.A. WestWedding Guest
Andrew C. WileyMessenger
Darryl WootenOffice Worker
Adam ZaltBusinessman

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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