Ah, the road-mance. A man and a woman in mutual hate are trapped in a car together for a long road trip. One of the pair is likely engaged and en route to see the intended. Car problems, bad weather, a herd of animals, creepy hitch-hikers, and a night spent stuck with the road-trip companion in the one hotel room still available all conspire against their timely arrival and threaten the foundations of the long-distance relationship.
Anyone familiar with this romantic comedy sub-genre knows that as the miles pass, so will this traveling duo's animosity. This whole formula works well enough as long as we get well-developed characters with good love/hate chemistry and some interesting plot twists. Sadly, we don't get any of that in Leap Year.
What we get is Anna (Amy Adams), a professional property stager (she makes homes on the market look cozy and irresistible to potential buyers), who's disappointed when her boyfriend of four years gives her diamond earrings instead of a diamond ring for her birthday. So close and yet so far. Her boyfriend Jeremy (Adam Scott) is a cardiologist, and together they're all dueling Blackberries and WASPy cuteness.
When Jeremy heads to Dublin for a cardiology convention, Anna takes inspiration from family folklore (apparently Grandma Jane popped the question to Grandpa) and some Irish tradition that says women can propose on February 29. How convenient that it's a leap year! And February! And that Jeremy will still be in Dublin on the 29th!
But Anna's flight to Dublin is rerouted to Wales due to a horrible storm. She's able to catch a ferry to Ireland, but that too gets rerouted by the torrential rains and gale-force winds. She winds up in a tiny Irish town, where she finds a strapped-for-cash pub ...1