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Leap Year
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Directed By
Anand Tucker

Written By:
Deborah Kaplan

Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Adam Scott, John Lithgow, Noel O'Donovan, Tony Rohr, Pat Laffan, Alan Devlin, Ian McElhinney, Kaitlin Olson, Liza Ross, Michael J. Reynolds, Mark O'Regan, Maggie McCarthy, Marcia Warren, Catherine Walker, MacDara O'Fatharta

Leap Year (2010)
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Movie Review by Jarrod
January 11th, 2010

There is not much even the delightful Amy Adams can do to save the generic and boring 'Leap Year', a romantic comedy bogged down by false emotions, forced situations, totally formulaic plotting, and irritating contrivances that propel us towards the easily guessed ending. Adams plays Boston resident Anna, who is expecting to marry her cardiologist boyfriend, Jeremy (Adam Scott), and is crushed when he does not propose to her, and seems to have no intention to. He flies to Ireland for a medical conference, and, Anna follows him, after some encouragement from her father (John Lithgow). Apparently, the Irish have an old tradition, in which, on February 29th, women propose to men, and the man is more or less obligated to accept.

However, along the way, bad weather strands Anna in a small town many miles from her destination, and she meets Declan (Matthew Goode), a local pub owner, whom she persuades to escort her to Dublin, and they encounter numerous obstacles on the way, but also start to fall for each other. These feelings have no sound or rational basis, and we are left to wonder what Anna sees in Declan that overrules her relationship with Jeremy. Declan may have a more rugged appeal, but about all that they do is argue, and he repeatedly criticizes and talks down to her, and their verbal spats are supposed to be a source of amusement, I wager, though I did not find them even the slightest bit funny.

The timing was off in many instances, and the chemistry just isn't there, the dialogue is not sly, vicious, or clever. Eventually, Anna will realize that Jeremy is the wrong guy for her, and that Declan is more her type, but how she arrives as this decision is never plausibly or credibly explained. The presence of Adams makes everything slightly more tolerable than it otherwise would be, and we like Anna, despite her juvenile obsession with getting engaged. My fundamental problem with the movie, beyond its inherent mediocrity, is that its protagonist displays a pre-feminist mentality, believing that she needs a man in her life to achieve personal fulfillment, and that she needs to be a wife, instead of simply a girlfriend, as that somehow affords her a lower social standing.

She willingly puts her career on hold in blind pursuit of Jeremy, who she may only be interested in because he can buy her a lot of expensive trinkets, but, if she is this shallow, what future could she possibly envision with Declan? Her motives are difficult to discern. Lithgow shows up in one early scene, to introduce the premise, before withdrawing from the story completely. Goode is merely adequate, reprising his role from the equally bland Chasing Liberty.

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