Leap Year (PG)

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Review byMatthew Turner24/02/2010

Two out of Five stars
Running time: 100 mins

Disappointing, cliche-ridden, painfully unfunny romcom with a lazy script, a lack of chemistry between the two leads and an atrocious performance from Matthew Goode.

What's it all about?
Directed by Anand Tucker, Leap Year stars Amy Adams as Anna, a professional room-dresser charged with making empty properties attractive to prospective buyers. Anna's seemingly perfect heart-surgeon boyfriend Jeremy (Adam Scott) still hasn't proposed after several years. When she learns about the tradition of women proposing to men on Valentine's Day in leap year, Anna hops on a plane and heads for Dublin, hoping to surprise Jeremy at his conference and propose to him.

However, Anna's plans quickly go horribly wrong and she ends up miles away from Dublin with only scruffy Irishman Declan (Matthew Goode) on hand to help her. And if you can't see where this is going, then you've clearly never seen a romcom before.

The Good
Amy Adams is literally the only good thing about Leap Year – her performance alone rescues the film from one star ignominy and is, frankly, much better than the film deserves. Similarly, there's only one really interesting scene, where she accidentally trashes a room but remains strangely calm about it instead of resorting to the usual comedy fretting.

The Bad
Matthew Goode (who's usually pretty reliable) gives an atrocious performance as Declan, mumbling most of his lines, mangling the Irish accent and making it look like he's hoping if he hides behind the dodgy facial hair and a bad accent, no-one will realise it's him. Meanwhile, Scott does nothing of interest with the obligatory Unsatisfactory Boyfriend role and the rest of the cast is made up Irish stereotypes that are so appalling that it's actually embarrassing to watch them.

Unfortunately, the film's problems don't stop there – it's painfully unfunny throughout and, one single kissing scene aside, there's no chemistry at all between Adams and Goode. On top of that, the hideously cliched, utterly predictable script also completely bungles the supposedly romantic finale, to the point where you feel Anna would actually be better off on her own.

Worth seeing?
In short, despite the best efforts of Amy Adams, this is extremely poor, even by the already low standards of generic Hollywood romcoms. One to avoid.

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