By Joey Bartolomeo Lesley Messer Kristen Mascia Oliver Jones
January 18, 2010 12:00 PM

Leap Year

Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Adam Scott | PG |



Tired of 2012 doomsday theories? Here’s a more romantic notion: It’s a leap year, and per Irish lore, Feb. 29 is the day women are allowed to propose to men. That tradition is the premise of this comedy about Anna (Adams), a type A Bostonian who follows her cardiologist beau Jeremy (Scott) to a conference in Dublin so she can pop the question. When a storm diverts her flight, she hires arrogant but endearing pub owner Declan (British actor Goode) to drive her across Ireland. As they bicker through the countryside, she learns there’s more to life than Louis Vuitton—and possibly Jeremy. Adams infuses uptight Anna with moments of adorability, but the cutesy, predictable film seems like something she should have made in her pre-A-list days. However, Goode, best known for his supporting work (Match Point), proves he has what it takes to be a leading man—or at least the guy you dream about meeting abroad.