A 'Proposal' you'd best decline

Thank goodness for Betty White.

Just knowing that the always game, still golden comedian would be in "The Proposal," made me smile. You just know that they are going to get Ms. Betty to put on that sweet smile and say or do something considered age-inapproriate.

They didn't get her to do enough, in my book, certainly not enough to make "The Proposal" any more than it is, a by-the-book romantic comedy.

Sandra Bullock stars as Margaret Tate, an uptight book editor; Ryan Reynolds plays Andrew Paxton, her toadying assistant. It's supposed to remind you of a "Devil Wears Prada" relationship with Bullock as the Meryl Streep character. But even with a severe ponytail, 4-inch Louboutain heels, pencil skirts and a tight smile, you look at Bullock and go 'Oh, Sandy, you're just being silly.' There is nothing scary about her, which is unfortunate for the plot because she's supposed to be intimidating to an entire floor of people.

Tate is from Canada, and when she's about to lose her job and be deported for not settling an immigration matter, she blackmails Andrew into marrying her, so she can stay and he can become the editor he so desperately wants to be. Their fake relationship means she must accompany him to his small and, naturally, wacky Alaskan hometown for his grandmother's 90th birthday celebration (his 'gammy' is played by White), where she'll also meet his parents, played by Mary Steenburgen and Craig T. Nelson.

Along the way, they learn more about each other, situations happen that make them accidentally gaze into each other eyes, then look away, and then quickly go back to hating each other. They make mistakes trying to cover up their lie... you know the drill.

Eventually, Bullock transforms into the Bullock we are used to, the goofy-girl-who-doesn't-know-how-pretty-she-is thing she does. Whatever. Reynolds does better; he has a great sense of how to deliver the dry, funny line, and an ease that's charming.

It's worth noting that the age difference between the stars is raised only once -- by White's character, of course; Bullock is 44, Reynolds is 32. That's fine by me since we know that leading men get to go there all the time.

Still, I think it would have been much funnier if Betty White had been the book editor.

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