Ryan Reynolds works for the ruthless boss played by Sandra Bullock, and one day he is forced to marry her! All sorts of madness ensues, including a fully nude bump of their bodies (which you already saw in the trailer). The story started out as mildly amusing, but later on becomes diluted with lots of useless side-gags that were included just to drag this film out to over a hundred minutes.
Ryan Reynolds is an above average comedy actor, and Sandra Bullock is pretty good herself. The problem is that the script isn’t as funny as it should be. Betty White appears as Ryan Reynolds’ Gammy and adds a little more spark to this sub-par comedy. The film tries to work in some heartwarming elements but doesn’t succeed. The two leads are likable, but The Proposal feels like a watered-down version of a much raunchier and perhaps funnier movie.
The best thing, actually the only good thing about The Hole is the girl. You may remember Haley Bennett from Music and Lyrics, or maybe you think she’s Jennifer Lawrence. Anyway, she teams up with two brothers as they uncover the secret of a mysterious hole that they accidentally found.
The Hole is surprisingly good in its first half, but once the plot becomes more elaborate, that’s when you start to see the strings and realise that this is the B-movie you had already suspected all along. There is living toy horror a la Child’s Play, complete with the usual slasher boom-fest a la A Nightmare on Elm Street. Interestingly, there’s a scene that straight out references A Nightmare on Elm Street, which is quite cool but doesn’t necessarily make the film any better.
So is it scary? Maybe if you are under six. Just because of the girl, I shall be very very very generous and give The Hole a pass.
Hugh Grant and Haley Bennett in Music and Lyrics