Leap Year (2010)
Leap Year is a 2010 American romantic comedy directed by Anand Tucker, written by Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, and starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode.
The film was shot in County Wicklow, Dublin, County Mayo, and County Galway, with filming taking place in and around the Aran Islands, Connemara, Temple Bar, Georgian Dublin, Wicklow National Park, and Olaf Street, Waterford.
Not to be confused with the Mexican adult drama film of the same name that came out the same year as this.
Real estate agent Anna Brady heads to Ireland to ask her boyfriend to accept her wedding proposal on Leap Day, when tradition supposedly holds that men cannot refuse a woman's proposal for marriage. Her plans are interrupted by a series of increasingly unlikely events and are further complicated when she hires a handsome Irish innkeeper named Declan O'Callaghan to take her to her boyfriend in Dublin.
Why It Sucks
- The film's depiction of Ireland is 100% inaccurate.
- Forced and non-matching chemistry between the two characters: she's self-centered and pretentious and he's an asshole, yet after two days they fall in love.
- Unnecessary and unfunny slapstick and jokes just to get the audience to chuckle a bit.
- Too many obstacles that make their trip longer to prolong the plot. What easily could be a 4-hour drive turns into 2 days.
- Geographical inaccuracies. For example, it shows there's a train station near Ballycarbery Castle, however in reality there isn't a train station anywhere nearby.
- The plot is a poor attempt at trying to be like The Quiet Man.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- The movie can be considered a "so bad it's good" movie.
- Matthew Goode claimed the only reasons he did this film were for the money and so he could fly back to London on weekends to be with his girlfriend and daughter.