Sunday, February 2, 2014

Leap Year (2010) [PG] ***


Anna and Jeremy are New Yorkers who've been dating for nearly four years; now they've decided to buy an apartment together. Anna (Amy Adams) is an interior designer who stages homes that are on the market, while Jeremy (Adam Scott) is a cardiologist. Anna has been expecting a marriage proposal from Jeremy for some time, but when he doesn't propose, and instead leaves for Dublin to attend a medical conference, Anna decides to follow him and take advantage of an old Irish tradition... proposing to her boyfriend on Leap Year Day (February 29th).

Unfortunately, a vicious storm hits the British Isles and the Dublin airport closes. Anna's flight is diverted to an airport in Wales, where she hires a fishing boat to take her to Cork, Ireland. After she's left stranded on the beach at Dingle, a tiny, coastal village, she meets Declan (Matthew Goode) a tavern proprietor who's cold, taciturn and completely disinterested in Anna. Desperate to reach Dublin on February 29th, Anna hires Declan to drive her, and as the mismatched duo travel toward their destination, they have a series of comedic adventures reminiscent of Planes, Trains and Automobiles, all predictable, mostly unfunny and many bordering on the slapstick.

Ultimately, of course, Anna must choose between Jeremy and Declan, and her choice is hardly a surprise. This cross-cultural romantic comedy features lovely Irish scenery, uninspired screenwriting, glacial pacing and virtually no romantic chemistry between Amy Adams and either of her male leads. Only the most dedicated fans of the luminous and lovable Amy Adams need bother with this disappointing effort; for others it is simply a waste of time. For Amy Adams fans I recommend The Wedding Date and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, and for a far better romantic comedy set in Dublin, I recommend About Adam with Stuart Townsend and Kate Hudson. 


Labels: comedy, cross-cultural, romance  
Internet Movie Database    
Metacritic 33/100  
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=42, viewers=64)    
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