In her romantic comedies, Sandra Bullock traditionally plays the wacky free spirit or the earnest do-gooder. She's the force of nature who gets the uptight Ben Affleck to loosen his tie, or the environmental activist who softens up a callous Hugh Grant. The Proposal
tries to break new ground by having Bullock take on the role of the Type A -- the queen-bitch big-city professional who needs to relax. And it works, kind of. It turns out that Bullock playing against type is the only original thing going on in the whole film.
Bullock plays Margaret Tate, the high-powered editor of a premier publishing house. Her executive assistant, Andrew Paxton (Ryan R...