Leap Year

Rated PG 97 min. 2010

 It’s got Amy Adams’ charm, which is considerable and which blends nicely with the lesser — but still notable — charm of Matthew Goode. It also has this script by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont. It’s the kind of script that normally comes festooned with the names of a half-dozen or more writers. It’s the kind of bad that usually requires a committee to attain.

Adams stars as Anna, who has been waiting four years for her somewhat weasely cardiologist boyfriend, Jeremy (Adam Scott, Step Brothers), to propose. Just when she thinks he’s going to, he jets off to Dublin for one of those non-specific medical conventions movies are full of. Enter a drunken (I can’t blame him) John Lithgow as her professional Irish-American dad to spout some blarney about following Jeremy to Dublin and some custom about the woman doing the proposing on leap year. Having set the plot in motion, Lithgow beats a hasty retreat (probably to cash his check) and Anna flies to Ireland — only she ends up in Cardiff, Wales, owing to the requirements of the script. This means paying a fairly steep fee for hunky pub owner Declan (Goode) to drive her there in his “classic” Renault 4. Said car ends up in a river early on, so just why Declan continues to squire her to Dublin is never clear — except there’d be no rom for the com if he didn’t. Of course, they hate each other. Then they don’t.

And after that? If you can’t answer that question, then go see Leap Year. It will seem fresh to you and you’ll get at least 80 years worth of romantic comedy tropes in one sitting. If you can answer that question, chances are you weren’t planning on seeing this anyway.

Film Credits

Official Site: www.universalpictures.com/leapyear

Director: Anand Tucker

Writer: Simon Beaufoy, Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan

Producer: Gary Barber, Chris Bender, Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman, J.C. Spink and Jake Weiner

Cast: Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Kaitlin Olson, Adam Scott, Peter O'Meara, Michael J. Reynolds, Martin Sherman, Annika Hammerton, Flaminia Cinque and John Burke

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