December 24, 2001 12:00 PM

Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman

With the exception of Bridget Jones’s Diary, it has been a lousy year for romantic comedies, so here’s to Kate & Leopold’s passing muster—if just barely. Ryan, going exactly where she has gone too many times before, plays Kate, a busy market researcher who surprises herself by falling in love with the stodgy but charming Leopold (Jackman), an English duke. His old-fashioned ways come naturally: Leo has traveled to contemporary Manhattan straight from 1876 and still stands each and every time a lady enters the room. Jack-man is the draw here, a dapper dreamboat with timeless appeal. (PG-13)

Bottom Line: Charming enough

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