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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Amy Adams
Matthew Goode
Adam Scott.
Directors
Anand Tucker.
Screenwriters
Simon Beaufoy.
Running Time
100 minutes

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Leap Year
Even Amy Adams can't rescue this dire waste of a film


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Plot
Adams will play a woman who plans to travel to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend on that date, because according to the film it’s an Irish tradition (which, strictly speaking, it isn’t). Anyway, her trip is derailed by weather and she’s forced to undergo a cross-country trek, accompanied by a surly Irish innkeeper, in order to make the proposal in time.


Review
Leap Year
Amy Adams can brighten up most rom-coms, but she’s got her work cut out here. She’s Anna, a career woman travelling to Ireland to propose to American boyfriend Jeremy (Adam Scott) on February 29, according to leap year tradition.

Grounded flights force her to hire grumpy Declan (Matthew Goode) to drive her to Dublin. En route, an attraction forms. Two scenes contain sexual tension; the rest is bad bluescreen work, dodgy Oirish accents and jokes as lame as Adams falling over in her heels.

It’s hard to believe this comes from Anand Tucker, director of Hilary And Jackie. Even die-hard rom-com fans will feel as if they’ve travelled back in time to one of 1980’s more clichéd offerings.


Verdict
Rubbish. Irish eyes will be hard pressed to grimace, let alone smile.


Reviewed by William Thomas

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Posted by reminn at 20:51, 09 November 2010 | Report This Post


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L: BelfastBoy L: Emyr Thy King Any amount of shame is worth it for the lovely Miss Adams ( Isn't she married? So it should be 'Mrs' but she's kept her maiden/stage name though. Amy Adams is married, but has kept her maiden name. I had the misfortune to watch Leap Year as a compromise. My wife is a sucker for romcoms so this was what I had to sit through in order to see State Of Play (which is great, btw). Leap Year is a film so bad that, in terms of depictions of Ir... More

Posted by BOHEMIANBOB at 17:52, 05 October 2010 | Report This Post


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L: Emyr Thy King Any amount of shame is worth it for the lovely Miss Adams ( Isn't she married? So it should be 'Mrs' but she's kept her maiden/stage name though. sp; Amy Adams is married, but has kept her maiden name.   I had the misfortune to watch Leap Year as a compromise. My wife is a sucker for romcoms so this was what I had to sit through in order to see State Of Play (which is great, btw).   Leap Year is a film so bad that, in terms of depictions of Ireland... More

Posted by BelfastBoy at 12:51, 04 October 2010 | Report This Post


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Any amount of shame is worth it for the lovely Miss Adams ( Rate the positive and negative points of the film for further discussion. I want to rent the film as I have a feeling that I wouldn't re-watch it many times. However, the m.comoesn't have as a downloadable/streamable film. I don't fancy signing up for a monthly subscription. Isn't she married? So it should be 'Mrs' but she's kept her maiden/stage name though. ... More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 11:11, 04 October 2010 | Report This Post


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Can't believe this thread has 2 pages-the shame! ... More

Posted by BOHEMIANBOB at 22:35, 02 October 2010 | Report This Post


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L: Emyr Thy King L: BOHEMIANBOB There is no Cardiff in this film There is no spoon...no wait: tp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Etm4VMLrSnc]YouTube Check the 40 seconds mark. We're diverting to Cardiff, Wales" "Wales?!" Haha. know love but there's more here than wooden love spoons, male voice choirs and green valleys. L: BOHEMIANBOB Just to elaborate-if you are going to Dublin from Cardiff,and end up in Dingle,you are in a shit film that deserves no anal... More

Posted by BOHEMIANBOB at 22:32, 02 October 2010 | Report This Post


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L: BOHEMIANBOB There is no Cardiff in this film There is no spoon...no wait: tp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Etm4VMLrSnc]YouTube Check the 40 seconds mark. We're diverting to Cardiff, Wales" "Wales?!" Haha. know love but there's more here than wooden love spoons, male voice choirs and green valleys. L: BOHEMIANBOB Just to elaborate-if you are going to Dublin from Cardiff,and end up in Dingle,you are in a shit film that deserves no analyisAmyote] You should... More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 21:36, 02 October 2010 | Report This Post


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L: BOHEMIANBOB There is no Cardiff in this filmote] Is that a euphemism for a cold 'screen wipe'? You know, "we're landing in bogorra" and then the next scene the heroine is deposited where she ought to be. ... More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 21:28, 02 October 2010 | Report This Post


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Just to elaborate-if you are going to Dublin from Cardiff,and end up in Dingle,you are in a shit film that deserves no analyisAmy ... More

Posted by BOHEMIANBOB at 01:39, 02 October 2010 | Report This Post


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There is no Cardiff in this film ... More

Posted by BOHEMIANBOB at 01:31, 02 October 2010 | Report This Post


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I actually thought she was Irish! Turns out she grew-up in Wiltshire. Going back to " YearI know there's a bit where Amy Adams' characer is diverted to Cardiff. Does it show anything in Cardiff or does it quickly move on to Dublin? ... More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 01:22, 02 October 2010 | Report This Post


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L: Emyr Thy King Does any woman actually follow that tradition of proposing to a man on the 29th of February during a leap year? What do you make of Romola Garai? hat i know of! Romala-Amazing Grace and Atonement-excellent,a true rising star! ... More

Posted by BOHEMIANBOB at 01:19, 02 October 2010 | Report This Post


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Does any woman actually follow that tradition of proposing to a man on the 29th of February during a leap year? What do you make of Romola Garai? ... More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 01:07, 02 October 2010 | Report This Post


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Beautiful,just beautifuleat to the senses! ... More

Posted by BOHEMIANBOB at 01:05, 02 October 2010 | Report This Post


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At the risk of seeming to harbour a fetish I'd love to meet a lovely redheaded lass in the same vein as her. It's not simply her physical beauty but her personality, the mannerisms, the smile, her energy and spirit. It just accentuates her physical beauty. I hear that she does well with the rather spartan material in the film? ... More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 22:37, 01 October 2010 | Report This Post


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Beautiful,just beautiful ... More

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What is Amy Adams like in the film? ... More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 13:22, 01 October 2010 | Report This Post


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Guilty pleasure of mine,i can't believe there's even athread on this! The "racism" or whatever is just what some films do.Take it with a pinch of salt.It is really just bad film making. As for the film itself,completely full of air,but has a certain appeal to me which even i don't understand! Good to pass a rainy afternoon,two good leads with a hint of chemistry,so it's ok. ... More

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L: Deviation Or was that Scotland? o it's the United Kingdom. Binge-drinking and teenage pregnancies. Not to forget loutish behaviour. Back on topic. Amy Adams is stunning. ... More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 04:19, 29 September 2010 | Report This Post


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L: Deviation I thought it was a documentary. It really reminded me of when my plane crashed in Ireland. I saw the Irish in their natural habitat, and it wasn't pretty.  I'd seen them huddling in stations before, being loud but… this time I was surrounded. Everywhere I went it felt like they were watching me; fish-white flesh puckered by the Irish breeze; tight eyes peering out for fresh meat; screechy, booze-soaked voices hollering out for a taxi to take 'em halfway up the road ... More

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It was at that time you had your first taste of human flesh. ... More

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L: tommyjarvis From the trailer it looks like a pretty accurate depiction of Ireland, to be honest. thought it was a documentary. It really reminded me of when my plane crashed in Ireland. I saw the Irish in their natural habitat, and it wasn't pretty.  I'd seen them huddling in stations before, being loud but… this time I was surrounded. Everywhere I went it felt like they were watching me; fish-white flesh puckered by the Irish breeze; tight eyes peering out for fresh meat; s... More

Posted by Deviation at 17:28, 28 September 2010 | Report This Post


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L: The Hooded Man Another lazy example of racist stereotypes from the American film studios. Nearly as bad as Tommy Lee Jones in Blown Away making bombs while doing a riverdance to U2 while drinking Guinness. aha! That sounds utterly hilarious. I'll have to find it on YouTube. Top of the mornin' to ya! ... More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 15:44, 28 September 2010 | Report This Post


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It's troubling to think how this film would function without the acting chomps of Amy Adams & Matthew Goode – who despite the sheer awfulness of the piece, manage to spark up a decent chemistry between each other and make this film far better than it deserves. A film so cringe-worthy it's as if the film-makers of Leap Year have collected their Irish residential research by watching repeats of Father Ted. But rather than emulate the hysterical comedy classic, this film is about as fun... More

Posted by Qwerty Norris at 22:30, 06 March 2010 | Report This Post


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Another lazy example of racist stereotypes from the American film studios. Nearly as bad as Tommy Lee Jones in Blown Away making bombs while doing a riverdance to U2 while drinking Guinness. ... More

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