Picks and Pans Review: Sandra and Ryan's Fake Romance Brings Real Laughs

updated 06/29/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/29/2009 01:00AM

THE PROPOSAL
Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Betty White | PG-13 |

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ROMANTIC COMEDY
The imperious top editor at a Manhattan book publisher, Bullock begins this enjoyable comedy as a junior clone of Meryl Streep's wicked witch in The Devil Wears Prada. She blithely orders her cowed assistant (Reynolds) to be her faux fiancé as a fix to her visa woes (a Canadian, she's facing deportation). But this ice queen soon warms up to Reynolds, and vice versa, during a visit to his family in Alaska.

While breaking no new ground, Proposal is amusingly diverting and sometimes better than that. Sure, it goes on too long and a few scenes are superfluous (no more male strippers, ever!), but its likable leads capably zing comic lines and land pratfalls. And veteran pro White is a hoot as Reynolds' grandma. Upon meeting Bullock, she asks tartly, "Shall I call you Margaret or the Devil's Mistress?"

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