Pretty sure this message got thrown at us when the frenemies-in-nuptial-frenzy Bride Wars came out last year: Ladies, we need to get married. We want it so badly we are willing to sacrifice our friendships, an expensive pair of heels, and our future happiness if it means we can get a freaking ring on our finger--even if it means marrying the wrong guy. Director Anand Tucker's Leap Year is more of the same--but in Ireland, so there's that--with an inspired duo of Amy Adams and Matthew Goode in an artificially unusual situation-based rom-com. It starts out terrible but ends pretty sweet--like many weddings. You know, once the bar opens and the cake gets cut.
Anna (Adams) wants her boyfriend Jeremy (Adam Scott, whose balls we've seen in Tell Me You Love Me, just saying) to PUT A RING ON IT and, god, she thinks she is so so close when he gives her a jewelry box at an anniversary/birthday/or some such fancy dinner. It contains diamond fucking earrings (thanks asshole), so she follows him to Ireland (he went there for work) in order to ask him to marry her on Feb. 29 of leap year (which it happens to be), because that's supposedly the Sadie Hawkins Dance day for proposing on the Isle of Green.
Weather side-tracks her plans for a surprise (shocking) and she spends the rest of the movie trying to get to Dublin (where Jeremy is) and fighting (and being playful!) with the rogue Irishman Declan (Matthew Goode) she hires to help her get there. He needs the money to save his bar, natch, and away they go in his faded orange Renault with her being all uptight and him being all laid back. They lose the car in a ditch, have to pretend to be married to stay at an inn, and the trains and buses all run off schedule in small Irish towns that feature a real, true castle.
Sounds par for the romantic-comedy course, no? What makes the first third of this movie shitty is the artificial tone and a certain weirdness that covers the players like the dense head on a Guinness, but somewhere along the journey the sunny side of Adams and Goode comes out, and their chemistry carried at least this one audience member away. Well, that and a good, solid ending plus a bit part played by It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Kaitlin Olson.