I must be a sucker for Rom/Com’s because here I am again suggesting you go see one. “Leap Year” offers us silly fun, and two irrepressibly likable characters to trod with through the very limited plot.
Anna (Amy Adams) has been in a relationship with Jeremy (Adam Scott) for years now awaiting the engagement ring she thinks is coming because a girlfriend saw Jeremy coming out of a posh jewelry store and tells Anna all about it.
Anticipation runs head long into disappointment when the gift Jeremy has for her is revealed to be a pair of diamond earrings (not a bad present, unless you’re expecting a proposal and a ring). Jeremy then jets off to Ireland to attend a medical conference (yes, he’s a doctor and seemingly a good catch).
Anna meets with her daffy father (John Lithgow, in one of the briefest supporting performances I’ve ever not seen very much of on film) who proceeds to tell Anna of the time honored tradition of women in Ireland proposing to men on leap year, and lo and behold that elusive 29th day of February is just a scant few days away!
So off jets Anna to Ireland to propose to Jeremy, but she is beset by trouble along the way in the from of diverted aircraft, storms at sea, and the scoffing of a rugged cab driver named Declan (Matthew Goode) she meets along the way. Declan promises to take her to Dublin by the 29th so her plan can succeed, but of course any even casual Rom/Com fan knows that ain’t gonna happen.
Anna and Declan’s growing fascination with each other throws a monkey wrench into Anna’s plan, and when they arrive in Dublin a now doubting Anna is met with a now proposing Jeremy. Uh-oh!
Winning performances by Adams and Goode help you overlook certain less than credible plot points.
Okay, let’s face it, you can drive a Hummer through the holes in this plot, and yes, you can play “let’s count the logical inconsistencies” with it all you want, the bottom line here is: It’s Good!
Good for a Rom/Com, and just a sweet, lighthearted film, that might as well have been sponsored by the Ireland tourist bureau as I dare you to not want to go visit the Emerald Isle after seeing the absolutely breathtaking visuals this film is bejeweled with throughout. They even manage to make it look like the sun comes out every once in awhile there.
Take the girlfriend, take the wife, try not to take both to the same showing (are you listening Gov. Sanford?), and enjoy “Leap Year!” I know I did.