Leap Year

"OK"

Leap Year Review


Neither funny nor original enough to really register, this breezy little film will only really entertain those who haven't seen very many rom-coms, and therefore can't predict every single scene. Although the cast members just about emerge with their dignity intact.

Anna (Adams) is an energetic professional woman in Boston with the perfect heart-surgeon boyfriend in Jeremy (Scott). Except that he won't propose to her.

So when he heads for Dublin to attend a conference, she decides that, since it's a leap year, she'll surprise him there and ask him to marry her, a proposal that tradition says he can't refuse. But the journey goes all wrong, and she ends up on the road with scruffy, cantankerous, gorgeous Irishman Declan (Goode). Gosh, what could possibly happen?

Much of the rather thinly developed humour comes from the slapstick of Anna's journey by plane, train and automobile (plus ferry, bus and foot). And the script contrives to throw Anna and Declan into the most ridiculous situations imaginable, loaded with winking suggestions and silly awkwardness such as having to pose as a married couple and share a bed in a quaint B&B. There's not one scene that we haven't seen before in several other movies.

And yet it's made watchable by the rather endearing performances of Adams and Goode, who thankfully never overplay the wackiness and create characters we almost believe in, even though we never for a second buy anything about the plot. Meanwhile, Ireland looks pretty terrific, captured rather beautifully despite the grey gloom by cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel. Although in this film it's always bright and sunny in Dublin.

Every element of this film is deeply predictable, from the sudden rainshowers to the requisite "life should be an adventure" message. We have the quirky locals, the extremely tame innuendo, even a roll in the mud. Some of the dialog at key moments in the story feels like it came from an early draft of Four Weddings and a Funeral. And most of the nutty characters around the edges feel like they came straight from the stereotype library. But if none of that bothers you, you'll love it.



Leap Year

Facts and Figures

Genre: Comedies

Run time: 100 mins

In Theaters: Friday 8th January 2010

Box Office USA: $25.9M

Box Office Worldwide: $29.9M

Budget: $19M

Distributed by: Universal Pictures/Spyglass

Production compaines: Universal Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 21%
Fresh: 27 Rotten: 103

IMDB: 6.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Anna, as Declan, as Jeremy, as Jack Brady, Flaminia Cinque as Carla, as Frank, Pat Laffan as Donal, as Priest, as Bride, as Libby, Michael J. Reynolds as Jerome, Michael Ford-FitzGerald as Fergus, Vincenzo Nicoli as Stefano, Marcia Warren as Adele

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Wind River Movie Review

Wind River Movie Review

After writing the superb Sicario and Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan moves back into...

The Vault Movie Review

The Vault Movie Review

Filmmakers Dan Bush and Conal Byrne attempt a mash-up of a frantic heist movie with...

Goon: Last of the Enforcers Movie Review

Goon: Last of the Enforcers Movie Review

The 2012 Canadian comedy Goon was one of those surprising little films that snuck up...

Detroit Movie Review

Detroit Movie Review

After The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal reteam to...

Logan Lucky Movie Review

Logan Lucky Movie Review

Good news: Steven Soderbergh's well-publicised retirement from directing only lasted about four years. He's back...

American Made Movie Review

American Made Movie Review

An enjoyably freewheeling tone and Tom Cruise's star wattage combine to make this an entertaining...

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Movie Review

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Movie Review

It's been a decade since Al Gore's wake-up-call documentary won the Oscar. And here he...

Advertisement
The Hitman's Bodyguard Movie Review

The Hitman's Bodyguard Movie Review

It really doesn't matter that this movie is utterly ridiculous, because the central pairing of...

Final Portrait Movie Review

Final Portrait Movie Review

A relaxed, amusing true story about noted Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti, this sharply...

Tom of Finland Movie Review

Tom of Finland Movie Review

Finnish artist Tuoko Laaksonen used the name "Tom of Finland" as he drew explicit illustrations...

A Ghost Story Movie Review

A Ghost Story Movie Review

Filmmaker David Lowery reunites the stars from his offbeat Western Ain't Them Bodies Saints for...

Atomic Blonde Movie Review

Atomic Blonde Movie Review

From the co-director of John Wick, this similarly styled action romp puts Charlize Theron front...

Girls Trip Movie Review

Girls Trip Movie Review

This movie's premise basically sounds like The Hangover with added black girl power. But it's...

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

There's so much manic energy in this animated action comedy that it can't help but...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.