Travis (Ryan Merriman - Independence Daysaster) has been dating Lena (Kayla Ewell - Deadly Daycare) for a while and he feels ready to take the next step so goes out to buy a beautiful, as well as expensive, diamond ring. That's when things start to go wrong as he is let go from his sales job, his writing career is going nowhere and his brother, Cedric (Adam Korson), is less than supportive when it comes to Travis trying to act like a responsible adult. Despite this Travis still plans to take Lena away on a glamping vacation so he can propose, except nothing goes as planned as they bump into a boyfriend from Lena's past. And then Lena drops a bombshell as she has been offered a position in a prestigious medical program, except it is in Munich.
I hate it when I watch a movie and after it has finished I find myself wondering what the point was. That is sadly the case when it comes to "How Not to Propose" as it just doesn't seem to know what it is or where it is going and that leaves you with that dreaded "what was the point" feeling. What I mean is on one hand "How Not to Propose" gives us Travis trying to propose on a glamping weekend but nothing goes to plan, unfortunately all of this "nothing goes to plan" chaos struggles to be that amusing. And then on the other hand you have Lena secretly conflicted by her love for Travis and the prestigious job offer in Munich. The two sides of "How Not to Propose" never truly work together with the supporting characters, Travis's man child brother who is a video gamer and Lena's pushy mother, just adding to the misery of the faultering humour.
In truth whilst the casting of Kayla Ewell and Ryan Merriman is a plus point with the actor's likeable nature making "How Not to Propose" watch-able, this made for TV movie feels like everyone involved was just going through the motions. It certainly doesn't manage to stand out from the crowd of easy to watch romantic TV movies and ends up patchy with it only occasionally hitting the sweet spot of being entertaining.
What this all boils down to is that sadly in comparison to other made for TV movie's "How Not to Propose" ends up forgettable and a bit below par with it never really flowing or becoming amusing.