Leap Year

24 Mar

Title: Leap Year
Year: 2010
Director: Anand Tucker
Writers: Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont
Starring: Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Kaitlin Olson, Adam Scott, John Lithgow
MPAA Rating: PG, sensuality and language
Runtime: 100 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 6.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 20%

I didn’t like Leap Year a bit, but thank God there was Amy Adams to keep me from completely hating it. Because, if one’s to say a good thing about this film, is that it shows how, even if the film is utter rubbish, Amy Adams can still charm the hell out of each and every one of us.

What sucks about how bad Leap Year is that it’s just bad, its not like one of those horrible films you can actually enjoy seeing how bad it is, this one’s just the dull type of crappy, the script is garbage and it sucks to see a film like this come when the team includes the lovely Ms. Adams, a very talented young actor in Matthew Goode and Anand Tucker in the directors chair, a guy who back in ’05 proved with Shopgirl that he could definitely deliver.

The script, I think, is what makes this one suck so much, and there’s nothing I hate more than having great talent go to waste, and that’s what happens to Ms. Adams as she plays Anna who travels to Ireland to propose to her workaholic long-time boyfriend who hadn’t gotten around to propose to her yet, she’s doing it because she found out that every February 29th in Ireland women can break tradition and be the ones to propose, and it just so happens that Jeremy, the boyfriend, is there for work.

But of course as fate always has it in these films she meets this quiet handsome guy who at first mocks and ignores her but then after forty minutes falls totally in love with her, yes, this film makes all the required rom-com stops. Matthew Goode, who plays said guy, is a really talented actor, just look at his supporting turns in A Single Man or Match Point, but in this one he’s crappy, and he actually knows it, believe it or not. That’s just how bad the film is, the male lead actually went on record about how bad the film was: “The location was the main reason I took it, so that I could come home at the weekends. It wasn’t because of the script, trust me. I was told it was going to be like The Quiet Man with a Vaughan Williams soundtrack, but in the end it turned out to have pop music all over it. Do I feel I let myself down? No. Was it a bad job? Yes, it was. But, you know, I had a nice time and I got paid.”

Ouch.

The complete lack of character development is outstanding, one doesn’t like a single thing about the film other than the fact that Amy Adams is in it, and even then you hate the fact that she wasn’t put to good use, but still, I bump it up a notch just because of her sheer presence.

Grade: C-

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