Bored on a Friday night, I scanned Netflix for something lighthearted to watch. I came across Leap Year, which I’ve seen twice before. It’s been a leap year since I’ve watched it, and once again it didn’t disappoint.
For me, there are only a handful of endearing romantic comedies that have stuck with me throughout the years. To name some of my favorites – there is The Holiday, Serendipity, and Someone Like You. They are romantic “fluff” as I call them. Light, airy, not much substance, but filled with a few good laughs laced with happy mushy endings. There are other romantic comedies I can think of that I like, but some of them have a tad of sadness attached to the story (example, Return to Me). I like the romantic comedies that leave me with a smile, and Leap Year I have added to my list.
Amy Adams plays Anna, a posh Bostonian who has been dating a cardiovascular surgeon for four years by the name of Jeremy. They are rich, upper class, and wishing to move into together at an exclusive apartment complex in New York City. Amy, however, has been waiting for Jeremy to propose but he never gets around to it. When he tells her he has a surprise for her when they are to meet for dinner, she assumes he’s going to pop the question. Instead, he pops a gift of diamond-studded earrings.
Depressed and despondent that he is still dragging his feet, her father tells her the story again about how her grandparents came together. The Irish tradition of a woman asking a man to marry is an option. Of course, it just happens to be a leap year. She dismisses the ridiculous idea, but the more she thinks about it, the more romantic it sounds.
After Jeremy travels to Ireland for a medical conference, Anna decides to do just that – get to Ireland by February 29 and ask him to marry her. However, everything goes wrong and her flight to Dublin is diverted because of bad weather. She ends up in Wales, takes a ferry over a stormy sea to Ireland, and eventually ends up in some small village on the coast far away from her destination. It’s here she meets Declan (Matthew Goode) a pub owner who agrees to drive her to Dublin for money.
Of course, the humor of the movie is that everything goes wrong from the very instance she steps onshore. The trip that should have taken a day ends up taking days, which puts the two of them together for more than they care to be. Naturally, feelings develop, and by the end, Anna must make a decision about what is really important in life.
So yes, it’s fluff. Cute fluff. I’ve always like Amy Adams for the most part. Recently, we’ve seen Matthew Goode in other memorial roles such as Downton Abbey, so he’s easy on the eyes. It’s definitely not an award-winning movie, but as a romantic comedy, it goes well with popcorn.
Oh, and if you wish to ask a man to marry you, gals, you missed it in 2016, which was the most recent leap year. You’ll have to wait another four years, until 2020, to get that extra day in February. Apparently, it is an old Irish custom where St. Brigid made a deal with St. Patrick to allow women to propose to men every four years. So there you go!