Hopelessly Awkward And Clumsy Proposal Video Will Make Your Film Nerd Heart Grow Three Sizes This Day
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Hopelessly Awkward And Clumsy Proposal Video Will Make Your Film Nerd Heart Grow Three Sizes This Day

By Joanna Robinson | Videos | September 24, 2013 | Comments ()


There are a lot of slick and polished proposal videos out there, but something about the this terribly edited little beauty got me right in the heart. I mean, no, it’s terribly edited. But the would-be groom obviously put a lot of love into this film made up of scenes from Good Will Hunting, Crazy Stupid Love, The Notebook, Lord Of The Rings, Man Of Steel, Spider-Man (I dunno, 3?), Argo (right?) and, most adorably, Titanic.* Seriously, that Titanic bit is the best. I’m going to give Joe the benefit of the doubt and guess his girl is a big Affleck/Gosling fan. Enjoy his hapless, heartfelt efforts and here’s hoping she said yes.

*yes, yes, there are a few more I missed.

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  • When I asked my girlfriend to marry me, it was on her birthday back in August. She has a degree in women's studies and works for a Christian non-profit that works with Native American communities. Those two things are really important to her, so I worked them into my proposal.

    For her birthday I took her out to her favorite restaurant and gave her two books: one on native feminism and one on native Christianity and religion. On the fly leaf of the first, I wrote the date and the words 'Will you.' On the flyleaf of the second I wrote the date and 'marry me?' Then I gave her the ring and she said 'Yes' and the restaurant brought out a bottle of wine.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Good lord, you are good.

  • emmalita

    Congratulations! That sounds like a lovely and personal proposal.

  • the dude

    Hans zimmer married these two

  • Jiffylush

    I think there is something wrong with me. Every time I saw that t-shirt in the video that he obviously put a lot of time into I got one step closer to an aneurysm.

  • "Hope? On the heels of every hope walks Dathan." Speaking of film nerds, who knows what movie that's from?

  • KV

    Is this from "The Ten Commandments"? I remember Edward Robinson playing Dathan in that movie.

  • Correct. When I read the article, that was the first thing that popped into my head when I got to the end.

  • Space Raptor

    I love how this guy just put his heart out there, which is what you should do when you propose.
    Yes it is terribly edited (just awfully, sinfully bad). But he did come up with something amazing from it.
    It's definitely something that's given me inspiration for my own proposal (we've been dating 5 years for anyone interested), which as a filmmaker (I hate saying that on the internet because it seems so cheap) leaves me with many opportunities.

  • BWeaves

    Seriously? A lady wants to be asked in person, in private, with the gentleman on one knee. If someone pulled a "proposal stunt" on me, I'd say "NO."

  • Space Raptor

    Good thing I'm not proposing to you then.

  • Deidra

    "A lady wants to be asked in person, in private, with the gentleman on one knee."

    Seriously? Please, memaw, share more of your folksy ideas of how the world should be.

  • BWeaves


    1. When I was born, black people and white people were not allowed to marry by law. I disagreed with that, and was appalled that it took until 1967 to make those laws unconstitutional.

    2. I believe that gay people should be allowed to marry and have all the same rights as straight couples. I'm appalled that this is not allowed in the USA in all states. It's coming, but slowly.

    3. I believe that marriage is a contract between two people, and that they should take it seriously, and not with the idea that if it doesn't work out, we'll just divorce.

    4. I agree, that if you really know your partner well, and think they will like the stunt proposal, then go for it. But I stand by my original statement that a lady likes to be proposed to in private. Make your proposal a very classy romantic evening. If you are the outdoorsy type, then make the proposal when you are doing something you love, like hiking in a beautiful spot. But don't propose on the field during halftime in a stadium full of drunk football spectators and expect that to go well. I feel the same way about posting your proposal on the internet or writing it in the sky by plane.

  • emmalita

    BWeaves, you are a classy lady/woman/human being.

  • Deidra

    I'm all with you on 1-3 and the start of 4, but as for what "a lady" likes? That ideal sounds like it's still rooted back from a time before you were born. Why not let it simply be "make it true to who those people are." Which, yes, may include two huge sports fans, film buffs, or programmers.

  • BWeaves

    I'm just concerned that too many people are putting too much emphasis on having an impressive proposal or knock out destination wedding, instead of focusing on the the rest of the lives. I read a Dear Somebody column recently, when some young lady was being influenced by her girlfriends to give back the ring because the proposal was too low key and wasn't flashy or internet worthy, and she was CONSIDERING it, despite saying he was a sweet perfect guy and she thought the proposal was just fine when he did it.

  • lilianna28

    A friend's daughter is talking of leaving her husband because the "magic is gone"- and they've been married for 7 months. Magic? Oy come on.

    I get that it's a Catholic thing, but those Pre-Cana classes were fantastic. Solidified that hubby and I had really talked about pretty much everything we expected in the future. I remember a couple who still hadn't discussed kids, joint bank accounts or no, even which house they were going to sell. Really?

    That said, I've always wished for a redo on the proposal. For as much thinking about it he did, hubby did not PLAN things through. So it was on the couch. Watching Boot Camp on MTV (VHI?). After a fight. And it still kind of makes me sad it didn't feel as special as I'd have liked. that part is about knowing your partner and what makes them happy. But then again, I know my partner too, and he is a notoriously crappy gift giver. Great dad and partner though, so you know- winning!

  • BWeaves

    Good grief. "The magic is gone" after 7 months? I hope someone told her that it's called "the honeymoon is over" not "the wedding is over."

  • Hear, hear. I hate discussing the way I was proposed to with women younger than I am because they get this disappointed, "not-impressed" look. It was special and important to me and my now-husband, just as it should be. It's a lifetime commitment, not a trip to the circus.

  • Deidra

    I absolutely agree with you on all of this. That just has nothing to do with an antiquated definition of what "a lady" prefers.

  • I think you are maybe focusing too much on the word "lady". It seems like you feel BWeaves was saying anything who prefers anything else is "not a lady", where I think it was simply a noun for a female.

  • BWeaves

    Yes, I meant it as a noun for all females. I believe that we are ALL Ladies. I refuse to call us girls or bitches or whatever the word is for women these days. We are ladies and we deserve the respect that the word conveys.

  • jaclynhyde

    It depends on the lady, doesn't it? Considering how many of these "proposal stunts" get a "yes," I'm guessing the ones doing the proposing have an idea their significant other would like it.

  • PDamian

    I often wonder how many of the stunt proposals get a "yes" simply because the lady doesn't wish to embarrass her swain in front of all the spectators. Then later, when everyone's gone, she might say, "Um, about that ..."

  • BWeaves


    I always liked the proposal in "Working Girl" where the guy proposed to Melanie Griffith in a crowded bar, and she says, "Maybe. If you want a different answer, ask a different girl."

  • emmalita

    Seconded, the more personal and private the proposal the better. And then you go all out and do the goofy stunt stuff after for the "happy birthday" or the "just because I love you."

  • go_nelly

    yeah, after the epic douchebag encounter i had this week, it's good for me to see that genuinely sweet guys may still exist in some parts of the world... even if they are undoubtedly an endangered species.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    How does one get elevated from simply 'douchebag' to 'epic douchebag'?

  • Shell necklace and no shirt.

  • PDamian

    Axe body spray.

  • NateMan

    Popped collar.

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