Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Anand Tucker|
|Produced by||Gary Barber
|Written by||Simon Beaufoy
|Music by||Randy Edelman|
|Cinematography||Newton Thomas Sigel|
|Editing by||Nick Moore|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures (USA)
Optimum Releasing (UK)
|Release date(s)||January 8, 2010|
|Running time||100 minutes|
Anna (Amy Adams) travels to Dublin, Ireland to propose to her boyfriend Jeremy (Adam Scott) on February 29, leap day, because according to Irish tradition, a woman can propose to a man on February 29 during a leap year. While mid-flight to Dublin, there is a storm and the plane diverts to Cardiff, Wales. Anna hires a boat to take her to Cork, but the severity of the storm forces her to be put ashore on the Dingle Peninsula. She enlists the help of a surly Irish innkeeper, Declan (Matthew Goode), to taxi her across the country to Dublin to pull off the proposal in time, and begins to question her intentions with Jeremy when she makes a connection with Declan.
At first, Declan refuses to drive Anna to Dublin, but after his inn is threatened with foreclosure the next morning, he agrees to drive for €500. The two set out in Declan's rickety car, but they quickly run into a herd of cows. Anna shoos them away but steps in cow dung, causing her to lean against the car, which wheels back into a lake. Angry at Declan Anna walks away from him she stops a car for a lift and after offering to take her bag they drive away with her luggage to the delight of Declan. The two eventually reach a bar where they discover the men going through Anna's luggage Declan punches them and they are both kicked out by the landlord. They eventually reach a train station by foot. While passing time waiting for the train at a nearby castle, Declan asks Anna what she would save if her apartment caught fire, and she is unable to answer. The train arrives early, and Anna misses it. The two go to a bed and breakfast, where they are forced to say that they are married so they are allowed to stay by their conservative hosts. During dinner, Anna and Declan are forced to kiss, which causes some confusion for them. That night, they hesitantly sleep in the same bed. The next day they take shelter from a hail storm in a church where a wedding is taking place. At the reception, Declan reveals that he was once engaged, but that his ex-fiance ran off with his best friend, and his family ring, to Dublin.
The next day they arrive, by bus, in Dublin. When Anna reached Jeremy's hotel he proposes to her, and she accepts with hesitation as Declan walks away. At their engagement party, Anna finds out that Jeremy proposed to her in an effort to impress the manager of the ritzy condominium the two were attempting to buy. Dismayed, Anna pulls the fire alarm and watches as Jeremy grabs all the electronics before fleeing. Anna goes back to the Dingle Peninsula, where Declan is successfully running his inn. She proposes that they get together to "not make plans", and Declan leaves the room. Anna interprets this as rejection, so she goes outside and stands at a cliff over the sea. Declan follows her out and proposes to her with the ring he retrieved from his ex-fiance while in Dublin. Some time after, the two are shown driving in Declan's car with a 'Just Married' sign in the back.
On October 17, 2008, it was announced that Amy Adams was to star in the film. Then on November 23, Anand Tucker signed on to direct the film, with Simon Beaufoy, Harry Elfont, and Deborah Kaplan to do the screenplay. On February 12, 2009, Matthew Goode was announced as playing the role of the cynical innkeeper. On March 18, it was announced that Adam Scott is to play the love interest of Adams in the film. Kaitlin Olson has also joined the cast as Amy's older sister.
The synopsis of ‘Leap Year’ on the Universal Films news homepage clearly states, “The film is loosely based on Jab We Met, a 2007 Bollywood film”. The film was shot in Wicklow, Dublin and Galway, with filming having taken place in and around the Aran Islands, Connemara, Temple Bar, Georgian Dublin, Wicklow National Park and Olaf Street, Waterford. On October 19, it was announced that Randy Edelman had been selected to compose the film score. This came as a surprise, as Tucker had used Barrington Pheloung for his films Hilary & Jackie and When Did You Last See Your Father?
The film received mostly negative reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 21% of critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 4.1 out of 10. Among Rotten Tomatoes' "Top Critics", which consists of popular and notable critics from the top newspapers, websites, television and radio programs, the film holds an overall approval rating of 24%, based on a sample of 21 reviews. The site's general consensus is that "Amy Adams is as appealing as ever, but her charms aren't enough to keep Leap Year from succumbing to an overabundance of clichés and an unfunny script." Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean score out of 0–100 reviews from film critics, has a rating score of 33 based on 29 reviews. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times described it as a "full-bore, PG-rated, sweet rom-com". "It sticks to the track, makes all the scheduled stops, and bears us triumphantly to the station". Also, Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave it a B- stating that the film could have used more "pizazz". Of the more negative reviews, A. O. Scott of The New York Times saw it as "so witless, charmless, and unimaginative, that it can be described as a movie only in a strictly technical sense". Richard Roeper gave it a C-, stating, "Recycled plot, lame sight gags, Leprechaun-like stock Irish characters. The charms of Amy Adams rescue 'Leap Year' from Truly Awful status". Donald Clarke of the Irish Times gave the film one star out of five; and in a scathing review cited the film as evidence that "Hollywood is incapable of seeing the Irish as anything but IRA men or twinkly rural imbeciles", and described it as "offensive, reactionary, patronising filth". Actor Matthew Goode admitted "I just know that there are a lot of people who will say it is the worst film of 2010" and said the main reason he took it was to remain close to home, so he could visit his girlfriend and newborn daughter.
The film opened with a modest $9,202,815 at #6 behind Avatar, Sherlock Holmes, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Daybreakers, and It's Complicated . With its 19,000,000 million dollar budget it was a box-office success with about $25,380,000.
Leap Year is due to be released on DVD and Blu-ray on May 4, 2010 in the United States.