“Leap Year” is a typical romantic
comedy, nothing more and nothing less. Anna
(Amy Adams) is a thoroughly modern woman:
young urban professional (interior decorator specializing in showcasing
homes for sale), good standard of living, live-in significant other, Jeremy
(Adam Scott), who himself is an accomplished professional (physician), both
with no apparent close family ties. In
other words, she pretty much lives by her own lights, and is guided solely by
her own whims.
When a friend tells her that Jeremy’s been seen in a jewelry store,
emerging with a small box, and then he asks her to dinner in a fancy
restaurant, she anticipates the obvious.
But inside the little jewelry box is….a pair of diamond earrings.
She hides her disappointment fairly well, but she also decides to take
matters into her own hands. When
he’s scheduled to go to a medical conference in
, she seizes on the Irish custom of “Leap Year,” which, supposedly, is
like our Sadie Hawkins Day: the
girl gets to ask the guy. (OK, if
she’s all that modern, she doesn’t have to be in
on Leap Day to pop the question herself, but you have to go with the plot line
here.) Emerald Isle, here we
Naturally, nothing happens according to plan.
The travel is so thoroughly messed up that she winds up out in the
countryside near a remote pub. Now
she plays the disgustingly pushy American, demanding service of everyone in
her line of sight. Apparently
she’s accustomed to her flowing, curly, red locks, and her cute smile, and
her perky personality, getting men to get her what she wants.
Enter the love interest, Declan (Matthew Goode), who begins by not at
all wanting to help out this brassy, brazen, arrogant tourist.
Naturally, they wind up spending time together.
And we all know what’s going to happen next:
that after a very bumpy ride (literally and figuratively), they’re
startled to discover that they have an interest in each other.
OK, now what? What about
the Leap Year proposal? What
about meeting up with the significant other?
Are we, as viewers, going to side with the unlikely pairing, rather
than the predictable one?
Well, of course we are. There’s
no suspense, really, in any of this. It’s
just a matter of whether we find ourselves charmed by the follies and foibles
of our star-crossed couple.
“Leap Year” is a typical romantic comedy, nothing more, and nothing
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Pastor, Grace