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Leap Year
DVD disk
May 5, 2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Anand Tucker

Actors:
Amy Adams
Matthew Goode
John Lithgow

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After a dinner let down where Anna thought she was getting the ring she’s been waiting for, she decides to follow her guy to Ireland where he’s on business to surprise him with a tradition based “Leap Year” proposal. Held up by a storm, she starts to fall for the dude she’s paying to get her there.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I’m all for fun romantic comedies, they’re not my favourite genre to be sure, but I’ll take one over a drama in a heartbeat. I usually break these films down into three categories; the flashy and witty kind (HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS, COFFESSIONS OF A SHOPALOLIC), the R rated raunchy kind (MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL) and die-heard tear jerkers like THE NOTEBOOK. Sadly, LEAP YEAR falls into none of the above categories, instead it falls flat on its face as just another pathetic attempt to turn a dollar.

Taking this show to Ireland could have been funny and even remotely entertaining, and God knows director Anand Tucker is trying his damndest with the all the plush scenery and the whole “leap year proposal” gimmick. Unfortunately this may not appease the Irish as it’s a rather off beat way of showing them some love (I don’t think we need another movie portraying the Irish as jolly drunks whose sole purpose in life is hang out in taverns and rob people on the street). The castle was beautiful to be sure, as were the folklore stories (which rightfully have a place in a romantic comedy) but the overall feeling here is still cheap and worn.

Our two main characters, Anna and Declan, are the absolute most clichéd, generic and predictable characters you’ve ever seen. How many times has this scenario been used? Most recently I recall this being dangerously similar to THE PROPOSAL as a direct setting (two opposites who originally can’t stand one another end up in a “situation” that makes them fall in love), but even beyond that we have a the “chick is with a douche but has her eyes opened at the last minute by someone new” which you get in SERENDIPITY (a personal favourite, yes I said it) or in the funnier WEDDING CRASHERS. If only this film could have shared in those kinds of chemistry, but the love interest between Anna and either of her men was laughably cold.

LEAP YEAR is another run of the mill romantic comedy (and I use that term lightly) that looks like it came out of movie making machine in a box factory somewhere. Though it does seem to try a little in parts, this flick lacks the heart and soul aspect of love and at the end of the day just doesn’t feel genuine. I don’t really want to poke fun at the realism behind films like this, but if stuff like this actually happened in real life (if our girls and guys were that easy to steal I mean) I’m pretty sure none of us would be letting our significant others out of our sight for more than an hour at a time.
THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes: There are about six and a half minutes worth here and as cringe worthy as it was seeing John Lithgow come off such an epic season of DEXTER to end up here was bad enough, add to that three quarters of his screen time was cut out within these deleted scenes. Bad form.

Previews: There are a handful of trailers, a Blu-ray commercial and a couple TV series previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
There are romantic comedies and then there are ridiculous pieces of bullshit like this one that stink up the genre and anyone who touches them. Even if romantic comedies are your thing straight across the board, I can’t help but think you’ll be relatively disappointed here.
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