Cute Romantic Comedy
Starring: Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, John
Lithgow, Kaitlin Olson, and
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: Not Available
Distributor: Universal Pictures/General
Director: Anand Tucker
Executive Producer: Su Armstrong, J.C. Spink
Producer: Gary Barber, Chris Bender,
Roger Bimbaum, Jonathan
Writer: Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont
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The movie opens with Anna (Amy Adams) in a four-year relationship with Jeremy (Adam Scott) a workaholic doctor. Anna wants to get married and thinks Jeremy is about to propose, but instead he gives her diamond earrings and flies off to a convention in Ireland. Amy learns of an old Irish tradition that women can propose to men on February 29 (which only comes on leap years). She flies to Ireland to propose to Jeremy.
Anna’s plane is diverted by a major storm, and she has to try to get across country to Dublin to make her proposal. Circumstances result in the only ride available being from Declan (Matthew Goode) the handsome young owner of a struggling pub. As can be anticipated they fight like cats and dogs but wind up falling in love. Obviously, this classic conflict and its resolution provide ample opportunity for comedy and romance. Amy Adams and Matthew Goode pull it off very well.
One refreshing scene features an innkeeper who only wants to rent rooms to married couples. Thankfully, the police did not come arrest them for a hate crime or even discrimination. The result is that the couple that actually dislikes each other at that point must share a small bedroom with one double bed. There is no sex shown or implied in the scene, but they do come to appreciate each other more while at the inn.
Trying to avoid a hailstorm, the couple crashes a wedding. The comedy at the wedding includes some heavy drinking to the point of throwing up. The movie includes a few light obscenities and one use of the Lord’s name in vain.
While the movie honors marriage, its concept of romance is typical of romantic comedies. When considering marriage, it is crucial to seek God’s will and to purposely build your marriage on a relationship to Jesus Christ. Marriages built on the kind of love found in 1 Corinthians 13 stand a far better chance of lasting 50 years than those built on a thrilling kiss or a weekend of fun. A good Christian marriage should see love grow and grow over the years. Marriages built on Hollywood style romance can fall apart easily.
LEAP YEAR is fun. The production values, the acting, and even the music are all first rate. Just be cautioned about a little foul language, some heavy alcohol abuse, a shower scene shown through a blurry curtain, and the usual starry-eyed kind of Hollywood romance.
Amy Adams and Matthew Goode shine in this cute, well-done romantic comedy. While the romance is not what you’d recommend for your own children, the movie does honor the institution of marriage and opposes sex outside of marriage. Caution should be exercised because of brief foul language, some heavy alcohol abuse in one scene, a shower scene shown through a blurry curtain, and the usual starry-eyed Hollywood romance.