Movie review: Leap Year

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Leap Year is a fairly conventional romantic comedy, in which our hero's quest for the "perfect" life with the "perfect" potential husband eventually becomes meaningless as she completes her journey. But cliches and all, the film succeeds in its simplicity.

Uptight, controlling interior designer Anna (Amy Adams) desperately wants to wed her beau - so much so that after he surprisingly spurns her with diamond earrings instead of a ring, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

Adhering to an Irish family tradition of women proposing on Feb. 29, she follows her guy on his business trip to Ireland to do just that.

Anna's meticulous plans are quickly dashed by disastrous weather, and next thing she knows she's stuck in rural Ireland. She enlists a charming, handsome Irishman named Declan (Matthew Goode) to help her reach Dublin and complete her task. Along the way, of course, Anna's ideas about life and love are upturned through a series of misadventures.

Leap Year never pretends to be something it's not. It's a simple, well-written, road-trip love story that runs with its strengths - two likable stars with plenty of chemistry. Adams and Goode deliver the reasonably witty dialogue with charisma, and their playful sparring is enjoyable to watch.

"Leap Year"

Opens Friday

Grade: B