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PLOT SUMMARY: Pushy Canadian boss forces her assistant to marry her in order to save both their jobs. Romantic comedy ensues.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Illegal immigrant exploits subordinate, deceives family, government.

PEOPLE: Sandra Bullock (yummy as ever) and Ryan Reynolds (who we just saw in Adventureland). Mary Steenburgen (her looks have really held up since Back To The Future 3!), Malin Akerman (yummy, but underused), Oscar Nunez (Oscar from The Office–and he was hilarious), Betty White (who also doesn’t seem to be aging anymore), Craig T. Nelson (Blades Of Glory, Wag The Dog, The Devil’s Advocate), Denis O’Hare. Great cast, actually.

QUIRKS: Formulaic romantic comedy. However, the types of awkwardness that occurred once the plot started to develop were pretty unique. I’d say that from 10% into the movie until about 40% into the movie, this was a 4/5 star movie. But ultimately, it was a 3/5 star movie.

VISUALS: Sandra Bullock naked and barely covering up her naughty bits. Mmmm! My ex-co-worker was right. I didn’t believe him in 2002 when he said she was hotter in HD.

SOUNDTRACK: It takes two to make a thing go right! It takes two to make it out of sight! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

BAD STUFF: Fairly formulaic. I think the alternate ending sounds better than the one they used.

CONCLUSION: An above-average romantic comedy. The awkward subterfuge of an employer-employee sham marriage being explained in front of a huge nosy family created some 4-star moments in this ultimately 3-star movie.

Clint: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 6/10. She only considered it average.
The native public rating for this movie is Netflix: 4.0/5 stars (3.4/5 stars for people who rate like me), IMDB: 6.9/10.

RECOMMENDATION: If you can stand romantic comedies, this one is above average due to the awkward subterfuge.

MOVIE QUOTE: Margaret Tate: What am I allergic to?
Andrew Paxton: Pine nuts, and the full spectrum of human emotion.

COINCIDENCES: (What Happens In Vegas, The Proposal) 2 movies in the same night that had sham marriages that the authorities were investigating, as well as a scene with people listening to headphones while taking a bath/shower, and not being able to hear what is going on.

(the movie Gamer, The Proposal) 2 movies within a few days that have “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” in the soundtrack.

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Metinee liked it.

Mood: awake!\
Music: Pixies – Into The White