When high-powered book editor Margaret (Sandra Bullock) faces deportation to her native Canada, the quick-thinking exec declares that she’s actually engaged to her unsuspecting put-upon assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds), who she’s tormented for years. He agrees to participate in the charade, but with a few conditions of his own. The unlikely couple heads to Alaska to meet his quirky family (Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, Betty White) and the always-in-control city girl finds herself in one comedic fish-out-of-water situation after another. With an impromptu wedding in the works and an immigration official on their tails, Margaret and Andrew reluctantly vow to stick to the plan despite the precarious consequences.
Sandra Bullock plays a book editor named Margaret who is facing deportation to her native Canada if she doesn’t come up with a quick solution. She does. Her solution is to marry her executive assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds). She is the boss most people can’t stand including Andrew. When she is about to enter the work place the workers e-mail each other messages like, “The witch is on her broom!” Some comedic moments come from this situation and even more so later when she has to travel to Alaska for the weekend to meet Andrew’s family and get married. Margaret and Andrew have to convince an immigration official that their charade is on the level.
The comedy abounds in this film as Margaret and Andrew attempt to make this lie work and they share some funny dialog and moments. They even begin to discover that they like each other after all. Unfortunately for family viewers, the film has some sexual comments in addition to strong language, and a scene which comes close to showing full nudity and we are therefore unable to award the movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.