Leap Year - Review

Apartment stager Anna Brady (Amy Adams) is so frustrated that her longtime cardiologist boyfriend Jeremy (Adam Scott) still hasn't popped the question that she falls for an old Irish legend that claims if a woman proposes to a man during a leap year (on February 29th) then he must accept. Anna secretly follows Jeremy to Ireland where he's attending a conference, but subsequently learns that the luck of the Irish is not all good.

Everything that could delay her journey from County Cork to Dublin and thus make her miss the February 29th cut-off happens. Anna ends up hiring roguishly charming local Declan (Watchmen's Matthew Goode) to drive her to Dublin. They don't get along at at first, but -- ah, sure wouldn't ye know it? -- soon realize they're madly attracted to each other. You know the rest.

Leap Year makes for a lovely travelogue, but a miserable movie. It rehashes every romantic comedy cliche and Irish stereotype that's been done ad nauseam. Uptight, professional young woman who really just needs a man to make her complete (and to lighten up)? Check. A rough around the edges male who proves to the female protagonist that opposites can attract? Check. Fish out of water? Check. Irish locals who spout corny aphorisms in-between sipping pints at the village pub? Check. I could go on, but you get the point. It should also be pondered whether anyone would like a movie if the protagonist had instead been a man who met another woman while traveling abroad and was tempted to dump his longtime girlfriend for her. Not so romantic or comedic then, is it?

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Jan 25, 2010 8:22AM EST

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