Saturday, February 29, 2020

Movie Review: Leap Year (2010)

Happy Leap Day, everyone!!

The opportunity for bloggers to post on February 29th only comes every for years so you don't want to pass it up! Even though I've been blogging since the last Leap Year, 2016, I started in July so I missed this! Therefore, this is rather exciting for me.

I'll be reviewing a movie that I watched specifically for this purpose. Let me know what you think in my thoughts!

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless I give you warning. This review is spoiler free!

Leap Year (2010):
After a woman's boyfriend doesn't propose to her, so decides to follow her him to Ireland to carry out a tradition where every February 29th, where it is switched: a woman can ask a man to marry her. With bad weather she gets stuck far away where she wants to be and pays a local man to drive her to Dublin. A long, long, trip ensues, and while her companion at first seemed intolerable, she begins to find herself relying on him. But, could he have a past that she doesn't know about?
'"You know what I'm talking about."
"I never know what you're talking about!"'
Genre: Romance, Comedy.
Length: approx. 100 minutes.
Costumes: 6, nothing great, and we see people in their underclothing.
Script: 6, a few bad words here and there as well as some name calling.
"Throw them in the wash, it'll be grand."
Directed by: Anand Tucker.
Written by: Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont.
Amy Adams as Anna Brady.
Matthew Goode as Declan O’Callaghan. "You're a con artist."
Adam Scott as Jeremy Sloane.
John Lithgow as Jack Brady.
Noel O'Donovan as Seamus.
Tony Rohr as Frank.
Pat Laffan as Donal.
Alan Devlin as Joe.
Ian McElhinney as Priest.
Maggie McCarthy as Eileen.
Peter O'Meara as Ron.
Kaitlin Olson as Libby.
Cinematography: 9! This was the one thing that I really liked about this movie, the lovely shots of Ireland!
Cinematography by: Newton Thomas Sigel.
Music: 8, bonus points because I heard a few songs that I know ("Irish Rover" and "Tell Me Ma"), but other than that not memorable.
Music by: Randy Edelman.
Notes: Okay, so the geography is absolutely incorrect. She is stuck in Wales and wants to go to Dublin so she takes a ferry and ends up in... Dingle? As someone who has been to Ireland, I know where Dingle is, and Wales is way, way, way closer to Dublin than Dingle.
Quotes: 6, really not very quotable, but I did find the continual suitcase joke funny.
"Can I help you into the car, Louie?"
Content: 8, it is a romance so there is kissing, and a few suggestive things, in addition to gross things, fighting, and blood.
Originality: 4, I'm sorry that this rating is so low, but the whole plot was so predicable and I feel like I've seen it a million times. So cliche. The setting of Ireland was fun, but that was the only thing to distinguish it.
"You can dish it, but you can't take it, can you?"
Good For: People who want to see images of Ireland.
Age Range: Besides the few things that I mentioned this movie is clean and fine for all ages to watch it! It depends on who would be interested in the story.
Overall Score: 6.5!
Bonus thoughts:
Let me get this out first: This movie is very clean and I really appreciate that. I just didn't like it because of the fact that it was so predictable. If you feel like watching a rom-com this could be in your options, but I don't need to see it again. I wasn't really paying attention while I was watching because I was cleaning and playing with dogs, but I got the idea.

Have any of you seen this movie? Did you like it better than I did? Thanks for reading!



  1. My mom was JUST talking about seeing the movie and I'd never seen a review on it and then I see this.

    1. Oh my word, the timing can't get more spot on! <3 It's a good year to watch it.

  2. I guess I don't care about the predictable partial because Declan is so funny, if it was predictable and completely sappy, that is a no for me. I've seen this three times though, so I probably need to wait before I watch it again.

    1. Oh yeah, I did appreciate the banter! If I didn't have that and the funny parts I probably wouldn't have finished it. I don't know why I didn't like, it seems like something I really would enjoy!

  3. I literally just watched this movie yesterday :D
    I think its up there in my top five favorite rom-coms.

    1. February 29th was the perfect day for this. :D
      Oh, what are your other favorites? Rom coms aren't what I usually watch, but I'm up for recommendations!

  4. It's SOOOO predictable, the geography is completely mixed up, the Irish accents are AWFUL and it's so cheesy, but I love it! And I find it to be VERY quotable!

    1. Your blog was the first place that I heard of this! I don't know why I didn't like it, I've liked all of the other Amy Adams movies that I've seen. Maybe I just need to watch it again. What are your favorite quotes?

  5. Haven't seen this one, been watching a lot of rom-coms lately maybe I should give it a shot.

    1. Yeah, I have so much time on my hands now that I've been watching a lot of movies, too!

  6. Some movies are really predictable. Sounds interesting though. Great review!

    1. It's funny, because the day before I watched this I watched another super predictable movie and loved. Thanks!

  7. Ok so Rom coms are so predictable but sometimes you just need that right? Something cheerful and happy and so useless! But leap year is ok, my favourite part is the music! It’s lovely

    1. Definitely! There are some movies that I watch that my sisters think are so pointless but I get 'warm fuzzies'! I am obsessed with Irish music so I loved the score, too!


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