Film / Leap Year

A 2010 Romantic Comedy starring Amy Adams.

Uptight Bostonian Anna (Adams) travels to Ireland hoping to propose to her boyfriend (Adam Scott) because according to Irish tradition a woman can propose to a man on February 29 during a leap year and said boyfriend happens to be attending a convention in Dublin. Unfortunately bad weather forces her plane to divert to Wales and when she tries to reach Ireland by boat she ends up dropped off at Dingle (about as far away from Dublin as you can get while still being in Ireland). She ends up hiring local innkeeper Declan (Matthew Goode) to drive her to Dublin so she can get there by the 29th. Hilarity Ensues.

Also stars John Lithgow as Anna's father.

For the unrelated 1921 film, see here. If you're looking for the trope about the 29th of February, see Leap Day.

This film contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Accidental Pervert: Declan more often than Anna.
  • The Alleged Car: But remember: "It's a classic."
  • Altar the Speed: Bordering on Bureaucratically Arranged Marriage (Jeremy proposed to Anna so that it would be easier to them to get the house they wanted).
  • Artistic License Geography: Anna takes a boat from Wales to Cork, but is forced ashore at Dingle, which is further away than Cork. Also, Cork would be a much better choice during a storm due to it being one of the world's largest sheltered harbours.
    • Dingle is actually a thriving modern tourist hub, not the rural backwater of the film.
    • It would only take an afternoon to drive the four hours to Dublin from Dingle. Less if Declan just dropped her off at the closeby Kerry airport now that the weather is better - it's only a one hour flight!
    • Several of the landmarks in the film depicted as very close together are actually extremely far apart in reality. In one hilarious example near the end of the film, Anna apparently walks from Dingle to Dún Aonghasa in minutes... an archaeological site that is 100km away and on an island.
  • Bar Brawl: Declan instigates one to get Anna's suitcase back.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: To such an extreme between Anna and Declan that it makes no sense how suddenly they get together later in the plot.
  • Berserk Button: "No one's touching the music!!"
  • Big Fancy Castle: Well, it's in ruins. But still...
  • Blunt "Yes": At the wedding party. A more "serious" example than usual, as it sets up a revelation about Declan:
    Declan: I hate weddings.
    Anna: Why? Because people are in love? — That's so offensive to you...?
    Declan: Yeah.
  • Bumbling Dad: Anna's father.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor Anna.
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Anna is originally less than thrilled about relying on Declan for a ride... That changes.
  • Celtic Mythology: When they visit the castle's ruins, Declan tells Anna the story of Diarmuid and Grainne.
  • Chekhov's Gag: As they walk up to the castle, Declan challenges Anna about what she would grab if her apartment were on fire. It's Played for Laughs as another example of their banter, but it eventually serves a dramatic purpose for both Declan and Anna.
  • Chick Flick
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Declan, in spades. He shamelessly enters Anna's room when she's changing and checks her out through the see-through shower curtain... But he's always around to help her out of her predicament. Particularly when he defends her honor against the rascals who stole her suitcase.
  • City Mouse: Anna.
  • Comforting Comforter: When Anna wakes up on the bench, she sees that Declan has given her his coat as a blanket. When she rises, she places it tenderly across his body.
  • Control Freak: Anna has traces of this. Lampshaded by Declan when she gets a bit too perfectionist about the measurements in a cookbook.
  • Crazy Cultural Comparison: Between Anna the American and the Irishmen whom she meets.
  • Cue the Rain
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Anna is more than a little klutzy.
  • Daddy's Girl: The Deleted Scenes delve into Anna's relationship with her father a lot more than what we see in the movie, and they are shown to be quite close, for all the dad's bumblings.
  • Dance of Romance: Averted, as at the moment when Dance of Romance would be expected a group Happy Dance is what happens.
  • The Ditz: While Anna's shown as a capable decorator and organizer, she is kind of an airhead when it comes to "street smarts."
  • Dublin.
  • Epic Fail: Anna's attempt to plug her phone charger into the hard to reach outlet results in the room falling apart... And then the inn itself starting to fall apart... And then a blackout of the entire town. Declan ends up charging her for the vandalism.
    • This continues to happen to our girl as the movie goes on — from her causing the car to roll back and down and crash, to her running to a train in the rain, tripping, and tumbling and landing face-down.
  • Everyone Can See It: Invoked almost word-for-word by the B&B owners, about Declan and Anna.
  • Expy: Declan is a laid-back, down to earth Chivalrous Pervert with seemingly no regard for etiquette. Anna is a classy and sophisticated young lady with a prominent ditzy side. Cue the Belligerent Sexual Tension. Sam and Diane, anyone?
  • Fighting Irish: Both Declan and his adversaries seem used to this way of solving conflicts.
  • Flat "What.": Declan's reaction when Anna specifies that her suitcase is a Luis Vuitton.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Once Anna and Declan meet and start clashing and bantering, one guess as to how everything ends up. You almost get the idea that the appeal's more about the characters and setting than anything else...
  • Foreshadowing: "Mrs. O'Bradycallaghan," indeed.
  • Fourth Date Marriage
  • Friend to All Living Things: Anna thinks the chicken's so "sweet" that when Declan kills it for dinner, she doesn't respond well...
  • Funny Foreigner: Anna is this to Declan and his friends.
  • Happily Married: The owners of the B&B and their Italian guests.
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Declan uses this word for word in a coin toss to decide which of the two get the bed whilst sharing a room. It takes Anna a while, but she eventually realizes she's been tricked.
  • Hollywood Atlas: Anna sets off by boat from Cardiff, aiming for Cork, even though she actually wants to go to Dublin. A storm forces the boat to put in Dingle, which requires you to sail straight past Cork (consult a map of Ireland).
  • Innocently Insensitive: Anna's boyfriend Jeremy isn't a bad sort, per se... he just has no clue whatsoever about how Anna feels about his approaches to their relationship. Gets to the point where He nonchalantly tells people at their engagement party what drove him to finally propose, with no regard for how Anna, who's right there, would take it.
  • Irish Names: The film's best joke, at least for Irish audiences:
    Anna reads the name "Eoghan" on a bartenders shirt.
    Anna: Hello, um, E..o..g..h..a..n?
    Eoghan: Owen.
  • Kissing Under the Influence: Averted. Juuust when we think drunk Anna is going to kiss Declan on the beach in the moonlight... She pukes all over his shoes.
  • Leap Day: The Movie.
  • Lost Wedding Ring: Lost by Declan to his former fiancée but recovered in time.
  • Love Confession: Both Anna and Declan have one at the end.
  • Love Epiphany: Both played straight and Inverted. Anna's romantic conflict is resolved by her Secret Test of Character for Jeremy. She discovers he truly doesn't value her above everything else... And that her heart truly belongs to Declan.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Declan.
  • Mood Whiplash: As they check out the castle ruins, Declan tells Anna a beautifully romantic Irish legend. When he gets to the end, they share a warm look... And then, Beat, and Anna snaps out of it and accuses him of hitting on her.
    • Even more so, a moment later the train whistle causes a panic in our girl...
  • My Local: Declan's inn.
  • Next Sunday A.D.: The fact that it's a leap year and February 28 is a Sunday means the film, released in 2010, is set in 2016.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Anna tells Declan to take a shower because he smells, Declan replies that you can see through the curtain. Anna scoffs and says "Can you?" Declan smiles... Cue Anna's smirk vanishing to a horrified "Can you?!"
  • Oireland: Played absurdly straight. Even uses the phrase "Top of the Mornin' to You" unironically. Offensively so.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Some people thought Matthew Goode was doing a great Welsh accent (he's supposedly from Kerry).
  • Opposites Attract: Refined (if ditzy), uptight fashionista Anna and slobby, aimless Declan.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Declan teases Anna with a moment of this, when they're trying to decide who gets the bed. He claims it, and:
    Anna: Very gallant.
    Declan: "Gallant!" Welcome to the Age... of Equality. You lot wanted the vote. Live with it. (Plops on the bed)
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Declan shamelessly walking in on poor Anna while she's changing. Repeatedly.
  • Remembered Too Late: Oh, the train.
  • Road Trip Plot
  • Rom Com: And a pretty darn Troperiffic Cliché Storm of one, with everything played so straight that anyone even remotely Genre Savvy can pretty much predict how everything's going to resolve.
  • Romantic False Lead: Obvious, since Adam Scott is not even on the front cover.
  • Running Gag: "Just put 'em in the wash. They'll be grand."
    • Also, referring to Anna's suitcase as "Louis."
    • Those Two Guys and their bickering over luck.
  • Scenery Porn
  • Second Love: Anna and Declan, for each other.
  • Secret Test of Character: Courtesy of a fire alarm.
  • She's Got Legs: Discussed when they arrive in Dublin, and Anna suggests getting a cab:
    Declan: Oh, you got legs, haven't you, woman?
    Anna: My best features, or so I'm told.
    Declan: (Takes a glance) Who told you that?
    Anna: (Smiles)
  • Shirtless Scene: Declan in the bathroom, with the door open. Anna's so (smilingly) Distracted by the Sexy that she (literally) bumps into a door.
  • Shout-Out: Probably just a coincidence that Princess Giselle would be checking out a castle. Anna even dryly asks if Declan's trying to say she's the princess in the story he tells her.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Poor Anna! Steps in manure and later tumbles down a hill until she's face down in mud!
  • Sleep Cute: Twice. First when they fall asleep on the bench, Anna's head pillowed on Declan's lap. Then again right after on the bus with her head on his shoulder.
  • Smithical Marriage: Due to the conservatism of the hotel's owners.
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: When Declan and Anna enter the church just a moment before the wedding, and the priests suspects they might be bringing bad news.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: The ladies at the airport whose help Anna seeks are this.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: And Snarky.
  • There Is Only One Bed: And our two travelers are Genre Savvy enough to respond with a big Disapproving Look.
  • Those Two Guys: The two old codgers who constantly bicker over exactly what constitutes good or bad luck.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Hoo, boy. Essentially every single plot point up to and including Jeremy proposing to Anna when she finally arrives in Dublin. Mark Kermode claimed that only the last 12 minutes had been left unspoiled.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension
  • Wedding Day: Two of them.