Okay kids, ready to take the Leap Year quiz? Let's see if you, too, could have written the script for this painfully predictable romantic comedy.
1. Amy Adams plays our heroine Anna. She's . . .
a. A control freak and closet romantic who has lost sight of the important things in life.
b. A real estate stager by day and dominatrix by night.
c. Secretly a man.
2. Adam Scott plays her boyfriend Jeremy. He's. . .
a. A self-absorbed surgeon without a romantic bone in his body.
b. A surgeon by day, ninja assasin by night.
c. Secretly a woman.
3. When Jeremy goes to Ireland for a medical conference, Anna decides to fly to Dublin to propose to him. What happens?
a. A near-hurricane diverts her plane and she ends up stranded in a quaint Irish village.
b. She arrives safely and proposes to Jeremy.
c. Upon arriving in Dublin, she immediately becomes obsessed with the works of James Joyce and forgets that Jeremy even exists.
4. Who does Anna arrange to drive her to Dublin?
a. A charming, roguishly handsome, free-spirited tavern owner named Declan (Matthew Goode), who was once burned by love.
b. A grumpy old man with a limp.
c. Dale Earnhart Jr.
5. What will happen to Anna and Declan?
a. They will bicker and spar, reluctantly share a bed at an inn, and, in what will come as a surprise to both of them, fall in love.
b. They will discover they have nothing in common.
c. They will be abducted by aliens.
Okay, you guessed it. The answer to all the questions is A. And no, those don't count as spoilers. Because spoilers imply that something has been, you know, spoiled.
Look, I like a formulaic rom-com as much as the next gal. But Leap Year follows the rules of romantic comedy so faithfully, it's as though the script was assembled by some sort of take-home kit.
It is redeemed, slightly at least, by the not inconsiderable charms of both the Irish countryside and the two fetching leads. (And unlike Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant in the unwatchable Did You Hear About the Morgans?, Goode and Adams seem to actually like each other).
Still, in true rom-com fashion, this film should be avoided in theaters and instead watched on late night cable with a pair of fuzzy pink slippers on your feet and a pint of Haagen Daz on your lap. Hey, they're the ones who wanted to stick with tradition.