(USA) The true story of one of American football’s hottest young stars is the subject of this quite irresistible new movie by John Lee Hancock, who previously helmed The Rookie, another very watchable sports-based number.
(USA) So what if this is just another cookie cutter rom-com in the vein of flicks like Whatever Happened in Vegas and 27 Dresses (you know, boy hates girl, boy gets to know girl better, boy falls in love with girl eventually)? But if it works, it works! Look past its clichés, and there is much to enjoy in The Proposal in the form of fiery chemistry between leading stars Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, who play each other off and earn lots of laughs along the way.
Sandra Bullock (“Speed”), Keanu Reeves (surprise surprise, “Speed”) and a letterbox that can transport letters backwards and forwards in time - we already know where this is going, right? “The Lake House” is really pretty humdrum, but could have been reasonably entertaining had the director put more thought into it.
It was said that local audiences don’t want to see a film about black people. This was apparently one astonishing and ignorant reason why the Academy Award-winning “Crash” wasn’t released here earlier. And that’s precisely why the film should be seen. It confronts racism head on, with blacks, whites, Arabs, Koreans, Iranians, Mexicans, Hispanics and even Chinese in Los Angeles, all struggling with their prejudices, their preconceptions and their subsequent actions.