An everything-goes kind of romantic comedy that gets some mileage out of being less horrible than it should have been, The Proposal marks one major turning point for modern Hollywood: Neither Kate Hudson nor Renée Zellweger are anywhere to be seen. The shenanigans concocted by producer-turned-screenwriter Pete Chiarelli seem right up their alley, after all: Hardbitten career woman takes a break from abusing her male assistant to blackmail him into marriage (she’s Canadian, wouldn’t you know). Much zany subterfuge and the occasional Hallmark moment then follow, ensuring that her heart of ice will be melted by his warm family and sweet sweet smile…
The Proposal opens tomorrow in all theaters everywhere. You can read the full review by your faithful critic at filmcritic.com.