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.
Previews: There are a handful of trailers, a Blu-ray commercial and a couple TV series previews.