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The Proposal

  • Rated PG13


Sandra Bullock is at her funniest in the fresh, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy The Proposal.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
0 out of 5

Charming romcom is best for older teens and up.

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.

what families can talk 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 reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 6
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: a morass of clichs

- Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: The Proposal doesn't blaze any new ground, but it doesn't raze any old ground either. It's a solid, old-fashioned romantic comedy that's more interested in the romance than in being silly or raunchy. These days, that's refreshing enough.

- James Plath,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Bullock is totally at home in this territory, and she remains fun to watch, but I do wish she would get stronger, possibly more original comedic material.

- Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Perfectly respectable rom-com.

- Julie, Sunday, September 19, 2010

3 stars

Pretty cute. Betty White makes this film better than it actually is.

- gatorgirl13, Saturday, September 11, 2010

3 stars

Nothing new. No surprises. passes an hour and a half, but do not say it entertains for one and a half hours. Ryan Reynolds does give a great acted lead in a romantic comedy. God bless Betty White - she is GREAT and makes the movie so much more enjoyable!!

- Tomassgringo, Wednesday, August 11, 2010