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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 Zara
February 7th, 2010

There's absolutely nothing offensive about this movie and that might have been its biggest offense. In my town, LEAP YEAR played in the first run theaters for only 2 weeks before getting bumped to the cheaper second-run theater and by the look of the crowd which was in it when I went to see it this afternoon, it might just get a second life there.

I'm a fan of the wide eyes of Amy Adams and her ability to make me believe just about any piece of tripe which comes out of her mouth, so falling for her in this film is just as easy as it is to fall for her in any film. She is bright, she is airy, she is everything that they warn leading Hollywood actresses not to be. Darker, deeper, this is normally what is called for. But Adams excels as bucking that trend and instead doing the one thing that most actresses fear the most: she's the same woman all the time even when she's playing different characters. She literally lights up the screen and her voice is a parade of tinkling sounds which entrance you like a siren calling to you from the mists.

Matthew Goode might not have wooed me in WATCHMEN, but I was a fan of his from THE LOOKOUT and I happened to really like him here. Sure, he's the typical rough guy from the country with the handsome rugged accents who has a gruff exterior and a broken heart inside of him looking to be mended. But I have to ask... what exactly is so wrong with that character? If so many people can fall in love with the demanding and whiny male lead in (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, why not fall for a guy who is more guarded about his emotions? Does he not yearn for love just as much?

The movie wraps up its loose ends a little too quickly for my tastes in the end and there is the happy ending that you expect coming from a mile away, but I liked that this movie embraced the old-fashioned spirit of Hollywood... where two people could be attracted to each other and fight that attraction and not give into it with hedonistic abandon. I liked that this movie picked up on the old generation's bits of subtlety and allowed two really good characters to find one another slowly and surely. What's so wrong with that? Why can't we have just a little room for that sort of sentimentality amongst all the crazed sexual passion that so many other movies cave into?

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Feb 6, 2011 5:06 PM
also wrote a review of Leap Year
Zara, you're f*cking up the curve!

; )

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