If you’ve ever watched a romantic comedy, you’ll know just about everything that’s going to happen in THE PROPOSAL long before it gets there. Sandra Bullock is the cold, driven New York book editor who’s actually Canadian and has a visa problem that means she’s about to get deported. Ryan Reynolds is her harried assistant who hates her. You can write the rest of the movie from there.
That said, they’re both so darned cute, and the script actually is pretty funny in places, and Betty White, who always cracks me up, has a major supporting role as the grandmother of Reynolds’ character, and a lot of the movie takes place in Alaska with some spectacular scenery (including a Bullock shower scene), and when you throw all that into the pot, THE PROPOSAL turns out to be a pretty decent little film. I enjoyed it, and as long as you’re not expecting anything ground-breaking, I think there’s a good chance you might, too.
FFM/B: New fantasy short fiction on the US newsstands & bookshelves, late 1976: ARIEL, Autumn 1976, edited by Thomas Durwood; CHACAL, Winter 1976, edited by Arnie Fenner and Byron Roark; FANTASTIC, November 1976, edited by Ted White; THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, October, November and December 1976, edited by Edward Ferman; FLASHING SWORDS #3, edited by Lin Carter; WHISPERS, December 1976, edited by Stuart David Schiff; THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY STORIES, Volume 2, edited by Lin Carter; THE YEAR'S BEST HORROR STORIES, Series 4, edited by Gerald W. Page
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