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Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 09:41 am

Leap Year takes few chances

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Unless someone comes up with a radical departure in the romantic-comedy formula, there should be an indefinite moratorium on these types of films. Just once, I would like to see the boy and girl in question meet in a way that’s not overly cute. Just once, I’d like to see the couple not put into an awkward situation where they’re forced to get to know each other. And just once, how about a heroine who, being a smart professional, is just as bright in her love life?

None of these radical ideas are to be found in Leap Year, a by-the-book rom-com that stays true to the genre’s formula to the point of tedium. Amy Adams stars as Anna, an interior designer who’s continuingly hoping that her cardiologist boyfriend Jeremy (Adam Scott) will propose. She’s stuck on him because he has the appearance of being the perfect husband, despite his refusal to commit. Anna knows in her heart, Jeremy’s the ONE, so much so that when she discovers an Irish tradition where women can propose to men on February 29, she feels the stars have aligned for her as Jeremy happens to be at a conference in Dublin at this time!

Once there, Anna meets Declan (Matthew Goode) who says he’s an innkeeper but we know who he really is – THE GUY SHE’S SUPPOSED TO BE WITH! Fortunately, circumstances force her to hire Declan to drive her to Dublin otherwise she’d never figure this out. Bad enough director Anand Tucker refuses to vary from the rom-com formula, but to film this story amidst the backdrop of one of the screen’s great love stories, The Quiet Man, seems to be a crime of sorts. Needless to say, there’s no cinematic gold at the end for the viewer — only a feeling of déjà vu and, perhaps, regret.

Contact Chuck Koplinski at ckoplinski@usd116.org.

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