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Leap Year

Released

Latest Home Video

May 04, 2010

MPAA Rating:

PG


Run Time:

100

Cast

Amy Adams

Matthew Goode

Adam Scott

Studio

2010 Universal Pictures

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Still shot from the movie: Leap Year.

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Overall B+
ViolenceB
SexB
LanguageB
Drugs/AlcoholC+
Run Time100

Making the Grades

After a four-year relationship, Anna (Amy Adams) and her boyfriend Jeremy (Adam Scott) are buying an apartment together in an exclusive, upscale neighborhood. But what Anna really wants, in addition to the real estate, is a marriage proposal. So after Jeremy gives her diamond earrings instead of an engagement ring, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Booking a flight to Ireland where he is attending a medical conference, she plans to put into play an ancient Irish tradition that allows women to propose on February 29th of any Leap Year.

Anna is a house stager who organizes her life with the same precision she employs when preparing an apartment to sell. When her trip to Dublin is interrupted by a fierce storm that forces her to make a detour to a tiny coastal hamlet, she is not about to be undone. Pulling her expensive luggage behind her, she sets out in a pair of ridiculously high heels for the country’s capital.

However, the laid back but superstitious Irishmen she meets in a village pub, including the reticent bar owner Declan (Matthew Goode), are more amused than impressed by her determination. When she bursts through the door of their establishment looking for a ride to the big city, she is met with bemused smiles instead of the kind of hop to it action she is hoping for. Finally agreeing to give her a lift (for financial reasons), Declan loads up the impatient redhead and heads for Dublin.

As to be expected the trip is fraught with disasters and setbacks. But compared to the clinical relationship Anna shares with her boyfriend, even the traveling companions’ arguments seem charming. (The most endearing comment Anna makes about Jeremy is that he’s a cardiologist.)

This movie scores positive points for families for what it doesn’t include as much as what it does. Even though Declan and Anna are forced to spend a night in the same bed (under the pretense of being married), sexual activity is not part of their slumber. And although we see Anna wearing only her underwear at one point and the outline of her showering in another, the scenes are done mainly for comedy. Even a fistfight between some men is motivated by chivalry. Unfortunately, there are plenty of pints in this production and characters drink frequently both at home and in social settings.

The film’s biggest fault may be its proclivity to predictability. The movie poster alone gives the ending away. However, even if the outcome is certain, this romantic road trip through the cinematic Irish landscape is an amiable one despite the contrasting values of the two main characters. As well, the script introduces some interesting locals and positive messages. Initially motivated by the accumulation of possessions and achieving the perfect presentation, Anna discovers the real value of things and, more importantly, people in her life. Then, with the kind of passion that causes her to walk down the back roads of Ireland in stilettos, she sets out to pursue them.

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Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Leap Year.

Although the film’s timeline is only 2 1/2 days, this unlikely couple forms feelings for one another by the time they reach Dublin. Do you think two strangers could fall in love in that amount of time if they shared similar experiences as Anna and Declan? How do the two main characters in this film help one another to overcome personal issues?

The men at the local pub are particularly prone to superstition. Check out this list of Irish notions.

The tradition of women proposing to men originated in an old Irish tale about a deal struck between St. Bridget and St. Patrick. However the intercalary day has other practices associated with it as well.

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG Violence.
AB PG Coarse Language.
MB G Mature Theme.
ON PG Language May Offend.
QC G
NB
NS
NL
PE
PG

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Leap Year...

Release Date: 4 May 2010

Leap Year comes to DVD and Blu-ray with the following bonus materials:
-Deleted Scenes
Leap Year on Blu-ray disc also offers:
-BD Live Access
- pocket BLU app for iPhone or iPod Touch!
- Mobile-to-Go
- Virtual Remote and Keyboard
- social BLU

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tiffanne.ricks@gmail.com says: Mar. 06, 2010

This movie had a few funny parts, but overall it was pretty boring and sexually suggestive. There are several scenes where Anna is in her bra and underwear which if you have anyone watching who is prone to be curious sexually or interested in pornography this movie would certainly invite them to be more curious about it. There also is a scene where she’s in the shower with a guy who owns a motel who can see her threw the curtain, I felt that invites curiosity toward sexual interest and that’s when I left so I am not sure what else was in it after that, but where it was headed didn’t look appropriate to me.

kwoodcox says: Apr. 17, 2010

This was overall a really fun movie, and I really enjoyed it. I didn’t find it to be boring at all, in fact, Amy Adams does a lot of hilarious physical comedy throughout the movie. I do think parental guidance is appropriate for children. There is a lot of drinking in the pubs, and there are a few sexually suggestive parts, but Kerry covers all of that in her review. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find movies that entertain and touch the heart without all the garbage that has become standard fare in theaters. This is definitely a great date movie for adults, and I highly recommend it!

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