New Releases: June 19

theproposalposter1. The Proposal (Touchstone, 3,056 Theaters, 108 Minutes, Rated PG-13): Look at that! Sandra Bullock! In a romantic comedy!

Well, to be fair, it’s been a while since she’s done one of those. Actually, it’s been a while since she has been on the big screen at all. Her last film was 2007’s Premonition.

In this one she plays a Canadian working as an executive in the U.S.  who is threatened with deportation. The solution to her dilemma lies with an underling played by Ryan Reynolds who agrees to marry her for a promotion. During a visit to his parents, presumably, real love starts to bloom.

Interesting enough, Reynolds is Canadian and Bullock is American. I though that reversal was interesting.

And kudos to whoever was in charge of casting. Here, you have a woman paired in a romantic comedy with a man over 10 years younger. Usually, it’s the opposite.

year1poster2. Year One (Sony/Columbia, 3,022 Theaters, 100 Minutes, Rated PG-13): You might, while looking at the trailers filled with many of the Apatow Repertory Players, and ask youself, is this a legit Apatow offering or yet another clone. Don’t worry, it is. Judd Apatow is a producer on the film and in my eyes that counts.

From the mind of Harold Ramis, the writer of such classics as Animal House, Stripes, Meatballs, Ghostbusters and many more, comes this comedy about the adventures of what appear to be two cavemen and their adventures through history.

I say, “what appears” because it seems Jack Black and Michael Cera go from the stone age all the way through biblical times. I’m not a theologian or an expert on intelligent design, but there seems like there would be a long gap of time between those two eras.

On the surface, I am uncertain about this film. It seems like one joke stretched way too long. But with Ramis and Apatow involved, I might be willing to give it the benefit of the doubt.

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William is cursed with the shared love of comic books and of films. Luckily, this is a great time for him to be alive. His writing has been featured on Broken Frontier.com, PopMatters.com and in Comics Foundry magazine.

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