“Leap Year”
 
“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 Ireland , 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 Ireland on Leap Day to pop the question herself, but you have to go with the plot line here.)  Emerald Isle, here we come.
            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.  Surprise!
            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 less.
 
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Greenville , Texas