182: Leap Year

Leap Year (PG) - 2010 - Runtime: 100 minutes
Starring: Amy Adams, Matthew Goode
Director: Anand Tucker

I'll admit this didn't look like a bad movie. It seemed like a good premise for a romantic comedy, but could it deliver? And I love Amy Adams - she's adorable in most everything and talented, too. As for Matthew Goode? Oh, you never heard of him? Well, he's quite the versatile actor, he's been in several movies (Match Point, Watchmen, A Single Man, and a favorite hidden gem of mine, The Lookout). Unfortunately, the movie never seems to find any steady ground to get some laughs or cheers - it's quite a mess and all over the place.

Adams plays Anna, a women who has it all - the perfect boyfriend, a great job, etc. etc. Of course, she can't be just a girlfriend forever and her dim-witted, but successful, boyfriend hasn't gotten the clue to marry her. So, being the gung-ho person she is, she takes her father's little anecdote of a story and puts it in practice - she can propose to her boyfriend only on Leap Day, in Ireland. And only then apparently. What this movie seems to avoid is the nagging question of why she just doesn't sit him down and talk about marriage. Any sane person would have done this. But of course, that would ruin the movie. And of course, her trip to Ireland is met with all kinds of disasters, save one man named Declan. Of course, they're destined and the movie seems so long to actually get to that point.

It's a pretty dull movie that I can't even recall what happened in it. Like I said, there's not a whole lot to think about - the movie plods along and the scenes where there's supposed to be a spark are anything but fun or at least watchable. I wouldn't say there wasn't any chemistry between the actors, but it seems that the story was trying to hard to push them together, rather than letting it unfold. The movie was too high concept - a plot conjured up in business meetings without one thought as to how to make it a good movie. If you're looking for a romantic comedy, look elsewhere - this one is DOA.

Rating: Avoid Like the Plague!

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