Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds star in the romantic comedy, The Proposal (Fletcher, 2009).  In the film, Bullock is the chief editor of a publishing company.  Her personal assistant, Reynolds, has been with her for three years and is desperately awaiting a promotion.  Bullock’s coworkers are more than intimidated by her.  In the clip (at 21 seconds) below, her coworkers are shown mingling and talking amongst one another.  When Bullock walks in the door and arrives at work, everyone stops mingling and talking and quickly sits at their desks and pretend like they’re working.  This shows that Bullock has the majority authority over everyone in the work place.

The beating that Reynolds’s takes from Bullock is reversed when she faces deportation for an expired visa.  She plans a case in which she marries Reynolds, however, Reynolds finally gets his promotion in return.  They go to visit Reynolds’s parents in Alaska, and the film turns into a love theme.

This is another example of Invention and Reproduction of Cultural Images of Work.  Bullock violates the gender role women partake in the work place.  “The stereotype is that women are more emotional than men” (DeFrancisco & Palczewski, 2007).  The only emotions that Bullock displayed were love emotions with Reynolds near the end of the movie.  Within the work place, Bullock showed no signs of emotion, even when she was attacked by one of her workers because of a firing.  She later stated in the movie that she went to the bathroom to cry because she didn’t want her coworkers to see that side of her.  She portrayed too much of a masculine role in the work place to cry in front of her coworkers.  Additionally, women are seen as unequal to men’s wages for the same job.  In this film, Bullock was paid substantially well, as shown in her apartment in Central Park West.