Proposal Gone Wrong

One of my favorite things to do in my free time is watch romantic comedy movies. I know that a lot of people think there tacky and overdone a lot of the time, but the hopefulness of the plot always makes me smile, and in a world where we focus a lot on the negative, a little hope can go a long way.

One of my all-time favorite romance films is “The Proposal”, with Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, and Betty White. It’s the perfect mix of slow-burn romance and sarcastic humor that I love in a book and a film.

If you’ve never seen the main premise is that Bullock’s character is a prominent book editor and her work visa from Canada expired and she’s about to get deported. Reynolds plays her assistant who has aspirations of becoming an editor as well.

She threatens his job unless he pretends to be her fiance and convinces Immigration that they are in love. He agrees and the plot thickens when they have to go to Alaska for his grammies’ birthday. Many comical events ensue, even a scene of Bullock and White dancing in the woods.

Though the film’s name comes from the proposal of keeping her green card status, feelings blossom between the two and Bullock’s character tells everyone the truth wanting to protect Reynolds’s character and prevent him from going to jail.

At the end of the film, there is the grand scene of them professing love for each other as Bullock is packing her office.

Starting and ending the film with a proposal is pretty interesting. And it got me thinking about all those proposal videos we see on the internet.

Just imagine the planning and coordination it takes to set up some of those public proposals up. And imagine the terror when some of those proposals go wrong.

One couple’s beach proposal made its way onto Tiktok, and it looks pretty. But something about sand and water with a ring doesn’t sound all that good to me.

One of the top comments was as follows, “Public proposals are my biggest nightmare,” @chaanelc shared. And I have to agree with her.


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