It's a plot as old as the movies themselves: girl meets boy, boy needs to be married for some reason or another, girl agrees to marry boy as a business-only arrangement, wackiness (and maybe a bit of love) ensues.
We've seen it in Green Card (the 1990 romantic comedy that teamed Gerard Depardieu's broken English with Andie MacDowell's stilted acting), The Wedding Banquet (Ang Lee's 1993 gay/straight/race/class/immigration status romantic comedy), 2007's I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (in which Adam Sandler and Kevin James become fake domestic partners for health insurance), and this summer we're graced with it yet again in The Proposal (a romantic comedy in which American administrative assistant, Ryan Reynolds, agrees to marry his Canadian high-powered boss, Sandra Bullock, so that she can stay in the country). Marrying A Much Older Man Made Me A Better Person
Indeed, it's a crowd-pleasing formula. Who doesn't like to see power dynamics turned on their ear and love blossom from unexpected arrangements? But one can't help but wonder when watching such movies, how many of us would do the same thing if faced with similar circumstances?
Matchmaker.com, Amor.com, and Date.com wanted to know. And so, inspired by The Proposal they decided to conduct a survey. And what they found out might suprise you: more than half of the people they asked (61 percent of women and 59 percent of men) said they'd marry someone so that they could stay in the country. 50% Of Women Regret Marrying Their Husbands
The breakdown for women: 22 percent said they would do it as a favor for an ex-boyfriend, 20 percent would do it to help out a best friend's relative, 16 percent said they would do it for the right price, 10 percent said they would do it for their bosses, and 1 percent said they would do it for a gay friend's lover. Is America Ready For Gays To Be Equal?
Would you marry someone so that he or she could stay in the country? If so, what would it require (lots of money, a job promotion, etc.)? Or would you do it out of the goodness of your own heart?