In an old Irish tale, it is said St. Bridget made a deal with St. Patrick to allow women the right to ask men to marry them on one day every four years — but nothing in the deal said anything about the luck of the Irish smiling on Anna Brady.
Anna (Amy Adams) and her boyfriend Jeremy (Adam Scott), both up-and-coming professionals, have dated for four years — yet the possibility of an engagement has not been discussed and Anna is growing restless.
With the four-year anniversary approaching, Anna believes the magic day has finally come when she is approached by a friend who saw her boyfriend exiting a posh jewelry shop in downtown New York.
Anna goes through the motions of practicing her “being surprised” look in anticipation of the anniversary dinner and an engagement ring, only to be surprised by what Jeremy bought — earrings.
Bound and determined to change her status from girlfriend to fiancee, Anna decides she is going to rely on an Irish tradition and ask Jeremy to marry her on Leap Day.
Unfortunately, it’s not going to be an easy task because Jeremy has a cardiology conference in Dublin on Leap Day. Anna won’t be deterred, though, so she decides to follow Jeremy to Dublin, get down on one knee and capture the man of her dreams.
Although Anna relies on an Irish tale and the romantic nature of her quest, the odyssey she is about to undertake will not be one she forgets.
No matter what mode of transportation she intends to use — airplane, ship, bus or automobile, weather and fate leave Anna stranded on the wrong side of Ireland. To make it to Jeremy in Dublin, she enlists the help of the sarcastic and cynical Declan (Matthew Goode).
From the outset, Declan is not impressed with Anna and everything that could possibly go wrong, does.
From knocking out the power in the small town Anna is stranded in, watching Declan’s car end up submerged in water to missing the last train to Dublin, the directly opposed Anna and Declan begin to form an unspoken relationship that neither want to admit to.
As Anna and Declan argue all the way to Dublin, they discover finding love can often take you to unexpected places and present very unexpected choices that have to be made.
What does Anna find when she finally arrives in Dublin? She finds Jeremy, who says after having time to think about their relationship, wants to make it permanent. But what does Anna really want after traveling the Irish countryside with Declan?
You’ll only know if you rent the movie.
I liked the movie, although it would probably be classified as a “chick-flick,” but the comedy of errors kept it interesting — and the ending — not what you would expect, in more ways than one. Take the time to see this movie.
I give it four stars.
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