For three years, Andrew Paxton has slaved as the assistant to Margaret Tate, hard-driving editor at a New York publisher. When Margaret, a Canadian, faces deportation for an expired visa, she hatches a scheme to marry Andrew - he agrees if she'll promise a promotion. A skeptical INS agent vows to test the couple about each other the next Monday. Andrew had plans to fly home that weekend for his grandma's 90th, so Margaret goes with him - to Sitka, Alaska - where mom, dad, and grams await. Family dynamics take over: tensions between dad and Andrew, an ex-girlfriend, Andrew's dislike of Margaret, and her past color the next few days, with the INS ready to charge Andrew with fraud.Written by
"Downtown" Sitka is actually Rockport, Massachusetts, which includes a famous tourist area called Bearskin Neck. The harbor formed by the Neck is where Motif #1 is located. Rockport remains a working fishing village, especially for lobster, although the bigger fisheries are in nearby Gloucester. The filming was done in April, which is off season for large numbers of visitors. Bullock and Reynolds were seen shopping locally. See more »
A Rockport, Massachusetts landmark called "Motif No.1" (a little red shack often portrayed in art) can be seen in the "Sitka, Alaska" scenes. See more »
SPOILER: During the first half of the end credits there are various clips of Mr. Gilbertson (the immigration "detective") interviewing Margaret, Andrew, Ramone (the "stripper"), Grace and Joe (Andrew's mom and dad), and Grandma Annie. See more »
There is an alternate ending to the film in which the plane in which Margaret is going to New York comes back to Sitka Airport and Ryan Reynolds' final speech takes place over there only See more »
Well, if I could split the movie into two, I would say that the first half is a superb Proposal and the second half is fairly traditional Hollywood pablum. In the first half, the wonderful comedic timing and chemistry between Bullock and Reynolds was terrific. The writing was first-rate intellectual, snappy sparring, even throwing in some literary references in the put-downs. Kudos to the Director, Anne Fletcher, and the Screenwriter, Pete Chiarelli.
The completely different tone in the second half, I surmise, could only be attributed to the studios/producers stepping in and stating that the film must appeal to a wider audience. We, then, get lots of family characters thrown in, with a great reduction of Bullock and Reynolds mutual screen time. And when they do share time in the second half, it's more about slapstick/physical humor (cue studios/producers needing appeal to wider, a.k.a, younger audience). Maudlin music comes in on the soundtrack, letting us know that this part of the movie is supposed to tug on our heartstrings.
I don't buy the inevitable resolution either. I don't believe that it is supported well or justified by what came before it.
The 1st 45 minutes is WELL worth seeing. I wish the filmmakers could have pushed and maintained the pace and feel for the entire movie. Reynolds and Bullock are so good, they could be this generation's Tracy and Hepburn. I'd like to see them in another project that follows through all the way.
BTW, this film was actually shot in Boston and (the Alaska scenes) in Manchester by the Sea and Rockport on the North Shore with digital effects adding snow capped mountains. You might even recognize Motif No.1, a famous small building on a wharf in Rockport which has been the subject of many famous painters' and photographers' work. It was also fun seeing some of my local Boston area acting colleagues doing background work in the film.
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