An Eagle, a Dog, and a Crazy Grandma are the Cupids
SUMMARY + ABOUT
“A pushy boss forces her young assistant to marry her in order to keep her visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada” – IMBd.
This movie’s two main characters are Margaret Tate and Andrew Paxton, portrayed by Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. It first aired in 2009, and the script was written by Peter Chiarelli. It was nominated for more than 19 nominations and won 7 of them. It won a lot of them, but these are some of them:
- People's Choice Awards, Favorite Comedy Movie.
- Teen Choice Awards, Choice Movie (Dance).
- Teen Choice Awards, Choice Movie Actress in Romantic Comedy (Sandra Bullock).
- Teen Choice Awards, Choice Romance Movie.
Oh my gosh – this is one of the best comedy-slash-romance movies I’ve ever seen. The Proposal is one of those movies that make you laugh until your insides hurt, with hilarious scenes and dog scenes and grandma dancing scenes – wait, I think I got a bit ahead, didn’t I? But first, this movie is PG13, so ask your parents for permission first.
Instead of putting this movie in the Movie & TV Zone, I put it on the Movie Scripts Zone. Why? Well, because I’m actually reading the whole movie script, and I decided to make you guys read two of my favorite scenes, those that make laugh until I sound like a madwoman.
Okay, so let’s get started.
Margaret Tate is a name everyone in Royce Publishing fears (and hates) at the same time. She’s the editor-in-chief and doesn’t care about what other people say about her. She’s just too invested in her job, to notice.
Andrew Paxton is Margaret’s secretary (personal assistant, is what he would shout at us all), and is completely normal and average. He has to bring Margaret her coffee every single day, as well as his own.
To make matters worse, everyone in Royce Publishing calls Margaret, “THE WITCH”. Yes, capitalized and everything.
Then one thing makes Margaret’s life turn upside down.
Her visa was about to expire, and she was going to be deported and go back to Canada, where she was born and grew up. So, she comes up with an idea that might save her – and it’s “marrying” her personal assistant and visit his family.
They go to Alaska (where Andrew’s family lives), and Margaret meets Mr. and Mrs. Paxton, accompanied with Grandma Annie (Andrew’s grandmother). The Paxton’s dog is named Kevin (that was not his name in the original script, I’m telling ya), and he somehow hates Margaret at first sight.
The movie then develops more and more, and Margaret and Andrew develop romantic feelings towards each other. I mean, love. They begin to love each other. How can a nice man love a witch? We might never know, my friends.
At the end, they actually got engaged. For real. I’m being truthful. Just watch the ending credits and you’ll believe me.
And yes, everyone at Royce Publishing was shocked that Andrew was marrying the witch. Well, Margaret’s not a witch. She was a cold-hearted person and grew up distant from other people because her parents died when she was really young.
The movie’s script actually deserves an 8/10, since I feel like it needs to be a lot more descriptive, so we can feel the flowing emotions – everything. But when Peter Chiarelli polished his work, the movie’s dialogue and conversations got a lot better. We could feel the embarrassment, the awkwardness, the happiness, and the love.
Now, let’s go back to the two favorite scenes I was talking about in the beginning…
The first one is when Kevin the dog gets trapped by an eagle, and Margaret has to sacrifice her phone in order to get the dog again. First of all, this scene is hilarious! But since I only could get Chiarelli’s first draft, everything looked different than from the movie.
Instead of the dog’s name being Kevin, it was Balzac. I think Kevin suits the dog more better, don’t you think? Margaret’s original surname was Mills, and Andrew’s original name was Richard. I think that now, every single name goes perfectly with each character.
The eagle actually caught Kevin – and that surprised me a lot. Like, I thought that Margaret would stop the eagle at first, but she didn’t. It was the second time that she decided to help Kevin. And instead of taking the dog again (for the third time), the eagle caught Margaret’s phone.
And now, moving to my all-time favorite…
Grandma Annie teaches Margaret how to give thanks to Mother Earth.
You rock, Grandma Annie!
But yes, I’m being serious. Margaret was riding her bicycle when she spotted Andrew’s grandmother chanting and dancing around a bonfire. OK, so before you read the script, I actually had to rewrite the scene, the scene playing on my laptop and writing down the dialogues and everything. BUT the whole script (and the entire movie), belongs to the talented Peter Chiarelli. I just edited it in order so you, my lovely readers, could read the scene and laugh uncontrollably. Betty White and Sandra Bullock did a great job portraying their characters (Grandma Annie and Margaret), and will make you laugh until your insides hurt.
What I really liked about this movie is that when you’re a cold-hearted person, you sometimes forget what family really is about. It’s about love, it’s about happiness.
Since Margaret lost her parents since she was really young, she didn’t really experience what a family really was like. She was alone, and was supposedly, a “witch”.
But when she went to Alaska with Andrew, she found out what a family really is. Grandma Annie is a nice and sweet old lady, and Mr. and Mrs. Paxton made her feel welcomed at their home.
The Paxtons were really sweet to her, and that shocked Margaret, since she grew up having no parents, and didn’t experience what growing up with two loving parents and your grandparents was like.
I think the soundtracks affected the movie a lot. For example, if the Get Low music hadn’t been sung when Grandma Annie and Margaret were giving thanks to Mother Earth, the scene couldn’t have been that funny. In various ways, music makes scene development easier and gives us more entertainment.
So, I hope that you enjoy the movie, and just down below, are some links to the trailer, bloopers, and behind the scenes.
I hope you enjoy them!
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