Leap Year is a lacklustre attempt at a romantic comedy. So what else is new?
Anna Brady (Amy Adams) wants the perfect life, so when her cardiologist boyfriend, Jeremy (Adam Scott), doesn’t propose to her on their four year anniversary, she decides to surprise him on a business trip to Dublin – and propose herself. Of course, a woman being so forward and forthright about her feelings couldn’t possibly be an everyday occurrence. Such presumptuous behaviour is only allowed because her beau will be in Dublin on the 29th of February – it’s a leap year – and Irish tradition dictates that on this day a woman may propose to a man. Of course, the course of true love never did run smooth, and Anna finds herself road-tripping with the cynical, scruffy Declan (Matthew Goode), and sparks fly.
Adams is, as usual, cute as a button. Goode has that whole scruffy charm thing going on. The two of them have natural screen chemistry, and their bickering is believable. Plus, there are those beautiful Irish landscapes as a backdrop. But the script is such a complete and utter travesty that even the forces of Adams, Goode and the entirety of Ireland combined can’t save it. The plot is predictable, the romance trite, and the slapstick “comedic” moments in the film could only be called as such if the word is placed in quotation marks.
With a couple of deleted scenes on the DVD – and trust me, they were deleted for a reason – there isn’t any reason to rent Leap Year, let alone buy it. Although the day this film is named after is supposed to be something special, the film Leap Year certainly isn’t. It’s just another charmless, harmless non-event.