The Proposal

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The Proposal Review


Jennifer Esposito (Summer of Sam) has a long way to go to reach the A-List if she keeps making direct-to-video pap like The Proposal. Ostensibly a crime thriller where the duplicity runs so thick you just don't know who to trust, The Proposal is really just a cut-rate cop drama with one too many arbitrary plot twists thrown in.

Esposito plays a sexy young cop assigned to help an undercover agent (a mousy Nick Moran) infiltrate a crime ring by posing as his wife. Uh-oh, the mob boss (Stephen Lang) is so devilishly handsome and dashing he puts the moves on the naïve Esposito! Meanwhile, Esposito has entered into a wholly unbelievable romance with the annoying-beyond-belief Moran, ultimately taking the film to an even more unbelievable resolution amidst the inevitable hail of gunfire.

Amateur production values, straightforward performances, and a dull story conspire to make The Proposal eminently forgettable, Esposito's bared-thigh photo on the cover of the video notwithstanding.

If you're up for more tedium, check out the making-of featurette on the DVD (not even five minutes long!) or the dry-as-dust commentary track by director Richard Gale.



The Proposal

Facts and Figures

Run time: 108 mins

In Theaters: Friday 19th June 2009

Box Office USA: $163.9M

Box Office Worldwide: $317.4M

Budget: $40M

Distributed by: Walt Disney Pictures

Production compaines: Kurtzman/Orci, Touchstone Pictures, Mandeville Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 44%
Fresh: 80 Rotten: 102

IMDB: 6.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Richard Gale

Starring: as Margaret Tate, as Andrew Paxton, as Grace Paxton, Craig T. Nelson as Joe Paxton, as Grandma Annie, as Mr. Gilbertson, as Gertrude, as Ramone, as Bob Spaulding, as Chairman Bergen, as Chuck, Dale Place as Jim McKittrick

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