The Proposal is a 2009 American romantic comedy film set in Sitka, Alaska. Directed by Anne Fletcher and written by Peter Chiarelli, the film features Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds as the leading roles, with Mary Steenburgen, Betty White, and Craig T. Nelson in supporting roles. The film was produced by Mandeville Films and released on June 19, 2009, in North America by Touchstone Pictures. The plot centers around a Canadian immigrant named Margaret Tate, who learns that she may face deportation charges because of her expired visa. Adamant to retain her position as executive chief, Tate convinces her assistant, Andrew Paxton, to temporarily act as her husband. Initially planning on resuming their lives after Tate resolves her visa issues, the plans are seemingly abandoned as their relationship intensifies.
Development on the film began in 2005, when Chiarelli wrote the film's script. Principal filming encompassed over a period of two months from March to May 2008. Critics were polarized with The Proposal; however the interactions between Bullock and Reynolds were critically acclaimed. The film was a box office success, grossing over $317.4 million worldwide, becoming the highest grossing romantic comedy film of 2009.