Amy Adams's luck has run out
By Michael O'Sullivan
Friday, Jan. 8, 2010
Leap year comes only once every four years.
But if the new romantic comedy of the same name looks like something you just saw, you're not imagining things. The film -- about a rich, neurotic New York woman who falls for a surly rube en route to a romantic rendezvous with her jerk boyfriend -- is a retread of just about every rom-com cliche ever turned.
Remember "New in Town" (release date Jan. 30, 2009)? It's the same darn movie. And they both stink.
In the earlier film, Rene Zellweger was the Type A business gal stuck in the boonies. In "Leap Year," it's Amy Adams, who has been on a downhill slide since "Enchanted." In "New in Town," the setting was rural Minnesota. Here, it's Ireland, where Adams's Anna has gone in pursuit of a commitment-phobic beau (Adam Scott), who's in Dublin on business. The title refers to the Irish tradition of women proposing marriage on Feb. 29. And yeah, characters in the film really do say "Top o' the mornin', " "May the road rise to meet ya" and "Slinte," an Irish toast.
I've got news for you: This isn't Ireland. It's a Saint Patrick's Day card.
After a series of credulity-straining mishaps -- a diverted flight, a storm, robbery, ruined shoes and a traffic jam caused by cows -- Anna finds herself in the middle of nowhere, chauffeured toward her destination by a countrified cabbie named Declan (Matthew Goode, sporting a scruffy beard and a fake-sounding brogue).
In "New in Town," the part was played by Harry Connick Jr., who drove a pickup. He also had a beard.
Now, stop me if you think that Anna and Declan -- who all logic, or at least the script, suggests are totally wrong for each other -- will end up in love. You do?
No need to see the movie then. We all know how it ends anyway. Fate may not want Anna and Declan to be together -- neither will you, really -- but the movie sure as heck does.
At area theaters. Contains crude language and mild sensuality.