I'm curious as to whether the director and writer of this movie ever saw another Sandra Bullock film called "While You Were Sleeping" and if not, why she herself didn't mention that she'd already played the I-lost-my-family-and-now-I'm-touched-because-yours-is-welcoming-me-with-open-arms role. I guess it just didn't come up. Aside from this obvious lack in forethought and the fact that at times it felt like something was missing this is still a pretty good movie. I would definitely recommend it for a date night. There's a little something for everyone.
It's basically about an overbearing (and that is way under-exaggerated) boss who is going to be deported back to Canada so she forces her assistant to marry her. As you can imagine everything goes downhill from there. It's fun and painful to watch the story unfold. I only had one complete ewwwwwwwww! moment when the stripper showed up (in the movie, not the theater). I've seen that guy in something else but I can't think of what. Oh wait. I just looked him up on imdb. He was on Reno 911! I cringed through the entire strip scene. To any of my friends who even consider getting me a stripper if I ever manage to get married again...please please please let him be in much MUCH better shape than this guy was. Please? Oh, and...don't get me a stripper. Thank you.
Because the ending is pretty much a no-brainer even if you've only seen the previews I feel safe saying that I am just NOT a firm believer in people falling in love in JUST 3 DAYS!!! I mean, come on people! I could possibly see it from his point of view since he'd been her assistant for 3 years. He knew almost everything about her especially the fact that she is a complete and total jerk. Then of course she mellows out around his family so he gets to see her softer side - in more ways than one - so he falls in love. I'm cool with that. But her? Give me a break!
Now, as far as the actors go I LOVE Sandra Bullock. She is pretty, she is funny and she's talented. Darn her. She plays hateful well. I especially liked her scenes with the dog. And that whole full-frontal thing they keep mentioning? All the important parts stay covered. The film crew got to see way more than we do. Same goes for Ryan Reynolds who I am free to love being as I'm a girl and all. As I mentioned in my "Wolverine" review I think he is just a pretty pretty man. And I mean that in the most masculine way possible. It still cracks me up that he strips down while he's standing on his balcony. I want a house by the water in the middle of nowhere so I can do that. Oh wait. I probably still wouldn't do that. There are some things nature just does not need to see. Anyway, back to Ryan. Sigh. Enough said.
Playing Ryan's parents are Mary Steenburgen and Craig T. Nelson. Kudos again to the casting director. The only thing I didn't like was that Craig's character was not very nice. I've liked him since he was on "Coach". And Betty White was a wonderful Gammy. If you don't guess what she's doing during the airplane scene you need to stop and wonder a few things about yourself. Of course, if you read this before you see it you'll figure it out a lot quicker (more quickly? most quickest?).
It did earn it's PG-13 rating so parents may want to consider before taking their kids to see it. While the full-frontal isn't really it doesn't leave much to the imagination. We did discover that both Ryan and Sandra are in REALLY good shape. I tend to like Sandra Bullock movies - except "Forces of Nature" - so it's not surprising I liked this one too. And, if you're like me, you'll want to punch Mr. Gilbertson in the face during the wedding scene. You'll see what I mean.
Oh, and another shout out to three women who need to borrow a clue. Believe it or not you were NOT the only people in the theater last night. Not all of us wanted to share your conversation throughout the movie. Neither did we want to listen to your foot stomping when something was funny nor the constant crinkling when you were getting in to whatever you were eating. And I would especially like to thank you for the view of your backsides when you stood up. No, they didn't moon me. There was just too much of them and too little clothing. I promise I'll do better from now on about being cranky regarding other theater patrons. Or I'll just keep it to myself. Probably the wiser choice.