Mr. Movie

'Leap Year' stumbles, falls short

A scene late in the movie has Amy Adams’ character standing at the edge of a cliff.

I thought for sure she was going to jump. Had it not been so late in the movie, I would have gladly traded her places — anything to be done with this one.

-- Local show times, theaters, trailer.

Leap Year is the movie, and it’s about that special every four year event. Using the date as a film title suggests the production will at least have a little energy. Leap as a verb has a joyous connotation. Jumping, vaulting, springing and even hopping come to mind. Big smiles. Happy people. Fun.

It’s a comedy about an unlucky trip through Ireland. Comedy makes me think of a smiling Snoopy tripping lightly through fields of green clover or of mischievous leprechauns puffing on a pipe and playing marvelous tricks as you banter with them while trying to grab their pot of gold.

There is more fun in my inane introduction than you will have in the two hours you’re stuck in this joyless, annoying mess.

Amy Adams is a woman pushing 30 and in a frustrating relationship.

Her cardiologist/boyfriend has no heart. He won’t pop the question. Irish tradition says on Leap Day, Feb. 29, women can ask men to marry them. Thinking it’s a great idea, she follows when he heads to Ireland for a conference. Like it really needs to be Feb. 29 for her to give the guy a hard nudge?

Anyway, a winter storm keeps her from getting to Belfast and puts Adams in the care of a pub owner played by Matthew Goode(Watchmen). He agrees to take her to Belfast.

They continue to get delayed and encounter one disaster after another. None as stupendous as this movie but close. Love blossoms. Since you’ve seen this movie 10,000 times you can write the rest yourself. You may want to do it and save some bucks. Even my wife — the film’s target audience — and who tolerates this fluff better than me, fell asleep.

I feel deeply sorry for Adams and Goode. They are too good at their craft to get stuck in a project this lame.

Mr. Movie rating: 1 stars

Rated PG for mature themes. It opens Friday, Jan. 8 at Regal’s Columbia Mall 8 and at the Fairchild Cinemas 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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