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Anand Tucker
Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Adam Scott
Writing Credits:
Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont

Anna Brady travels to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend Jeremy on February 29, but she encounters a mix of snags along the way - and a potential romance with innkeeper Declan.

Box Office:
$19 million.
Opening Weekend
$9,202,815 on 2511 screens.
Domestic Gross

Rated PG.

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
French DTS 5.1
Spanish DTS 5.1
English DVD
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 100 min.
Price: $14.98
Release Date: 5/4/2010

• Deleted Scenes


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Leap Year [Blu-Ray] (2010)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (March 24, 2021)

It seems hard to believe, but Amy Adams didn’t make her film debut until the age of 25 in 1999 with a small part in Drop Dead Gorgeous. Adams gained attention for her critically acclaimed turn in 2005’s Junebug and finally achieved a level of actual stardom with 2007’s Enchanted.

This meant Adams could now get true leads in movies. This status led her to the top billing for 2010’s romantic comedy Leap Year.

Anna Brady (Adams) seems to enjoy the perfect life in Boston with long-time boyfriend Dr. Jeremy Sloane (Adam Scott) – with one snag. After four years together, Jeremy has yet to propose marriage, and Anna finds herself impatient to become betrothed.

When Jeremy goes to Ireland for a medical conference, Anna follows him so she can use the Irish tradition of “Leap Day”. Every February 29th, if a woman proposes to a man, he must accept.

With this in mind, Anna attempts to get to Dublin, but various snafus arise along the way. Desperate to make it to Jeremy in time for Leap Day, she hires handsome pub owner Declan O'Callaghan (Matthew Goode) to drive her there.

Anna and Declan get off on the wrong foot, and matters don’t improve – not immediately, at least. As they trek toward Dublin, might love bloom?

That’s a rhetorical question, as anyone who’s ever seen a romantic comedy knows the answer. Pair the stuffy, buttoned-down Anna with the earthy, down to earth Declan and we know exactly where the story will go.

I don’t object to the predictable nature of Leap. Sure, we find not a single surprise here, but that often becomes true of most genres – heck, it’s not like we don’t know James Bond will best his adversary.

For a movie as preordained as a rom-com like Leap, it becomes crucial that we enjoy the journey despite its easily-anticipated series of character developments. Alas, Leap brings no charm or pleasure along the way.

Given Adams’ natural talents, it comes as a moderate surprise that nothing engaging emerges here. Unfortunately, even with her inherent cinematic charisma, Adams can’t bring any life to this dull, trite clunker.

God love her, Adams tries her best, but she can’t locate real heart in her bland role, and she enjoys precious little chemistry with Goode. They make an attractive on-screen pairing but they don’t show the spark they need for the movie to work.

Even with actual fireworks between the leads, though, we’d still be stuck with a slow, tedious story. We proceed through a slew of predictable beats, none of which ever threaten to amuse or entertain.

It doesn’t help that Leap fails to give us the requisite view of Anna and Jeremy as a mismatched couple. Yeah, it hints that their relationship seems more based on social status than love, but we barely get to know Jeremy before the movie ships him off the Ireland, so we don’t root against him like we should.

Perhaps I should applaud that Leap doesn’t turn Jeremy into the usual jerk who we want out of Anna’s life, and I do appreciate that he doesn’t present a cartoon lout. Nonetheless, we need a stronger sense that Anna and Jeremy make a bad couple but we don’t.

Even the basic plot prompts eye rolling. C’mon – it’s the 21st century, and Anna presents as a strong, independent woman. Does she really need some Irish “tradition” to propose to Jeremy? Why not do it… whenever she feels like it?

Because then we wouldn’t have a movie, so this dopey contrivance becomes paramount. Toss in a wasted use of John Lithgow and Leap Year becomes a weak excuse for a rom-com.

The Disc Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B/ Bonus D+

Leap Year appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a satisfactory presentation.

Overall sharpness seemed solid. A couple of wide shots looked a smidgen soft, but those were the exception to the rule, as the majority of the flick was accurate and detailed.

No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I noticed no edge haloes. Source flaws were absent, as the movie looked consistently clean.

With its Irish setting, Leap gave us a palette that favored modest greens. Some amber appeared as well, but the green feel dominated. Within those parameters, the hues were positive.

Blacks seemed deep and dark, while shadows showed good smoothness and clarity. I felt happy with the transfer.

As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Leap, it boasted a bit more ambition than typical of the rom-com genre, mainly due to various natural elements. With a storm, airborne turbulence, and seaside shots, the mix opened up pretty well at times.

Still, much of the track remained fairly restrained, which seemed fine for this sort of story. Music showed nice spread and effects offered appealing breadth.

Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, without edginess or other issues.

Music offered good clarity and range, and effects worked well enough. They didn’t have much to do, but they appeared reasonably accurate. All of this ended up as a perfectly positive soundtrack for this sort of movie.

Five Deleted Scenes run a total of six minutes, 46 seconds. Most come late in the movie, so specific discussion would enter spoiler territory.

None of them add much to the story. However, at least two allow John Lithgow’s role to expand beyond the glorified cameo found in the final cut. They should’ve ended up in the movie just to explain why he accepted the role.

If you hope to find anything other than clichés and contrived narrative points from Leap Year, you’ll encounter nothing more than disappointment. Not even the ample charms of Amy Adams can redeem this stale stinker. The Blu-ray comes with solid picture and audio but it skimps on bonus materials. Avoid this subpar rom-com.

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