A 2010 Romantic Comedy
starring Amy Adams
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 of 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
The film has not been greeted with universal acclaim, especially by Irish critics who were left frothing at the mouth at some of the outdated Oirish
stereotypes it employed.
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).
- Bar Brawl
- Belligerent Sexual Tension
- Berserk Button: "No one's touching the music!!"
- Big Fancy Castle
- Bumbling Dad: Anna's father.
- Butt Monkey: Anna.
- California Doubling: That small little Ballygobackwards standing in for Dingle.
- Can't Stand 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.
- Chick Flick
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 not totally stupid Anna is kind of an airhead.
- Fake Irish: Matthew Goode.
- Fighting Irish: Both Declan and his adversaries seem used to this way of solving conflicts.
- Foreshadowing: "Mrs. O'Bradycallaghan", indeed.
- Fourth Date Marriage
- Funny Foreigner: Anna is this to Declan and his friends.
- Happily Married: The owners of the B&B and their Italian guests.
- Hatedom: Amongst Irish movie critics. One called it "offensive, reactionary, patronising filth". This review is roughly as favourable, but much funnier.
- 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 Geography: 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).
- Irish Names: The films 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?
- 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
- 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.
- Oireland: Played absurdly straight. Even uses the phrase "Top of the Mornin' to You" unironically. Offensively so.
- Master of the Mixed Message: Declan.
- Money, Dear Boy: Matthew Goode claimed he only did this film for the money and so he could visit his family more often.
- My Local: Declan's inn.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Some people though 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.
- Remembered Too Late: Oh, the train.
- Road Movie
- Rom Com
- 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, refering to Anna's suitcase as "Louis."
- Scenery Porn
- Shirtless Scene
- Slapstick Knows no Gender: Anna.
- 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
- Unresolved Sexual Tension
- Wedding Day: two of them.