Did you know that every leap year, on February 29th, women may propose to men in Ireland? I didn’t either, but apparently they can (and apparently they can’t the rest of the time, which is kind of weird, but… whatever). Or at least that’s the case in the new film “Leap Year,” in which Anna (Amy Adams) seizes upon this obscure Irish custom to finally propose to her longtime boyfriend (Adam Scott). But in order to reach him in Dublin, she needs to hitch a ride with a handsome guy named Declan (Matthew Goode). Will she be able to make it in time to propose whilst resisting the romantic vistas of Ireland and the scruffy beard of her escort?
Don’t count on it. In movies, no one can resist the romantic vistas of Ireland (to say nothing of the power of scruffy beards). Film history is filled with stories of grief-stricken, cold-hearted or unhappy Americans succumbing to lustful temptation amidst the lush natural beauty of the Emerald Isle. “Leap Year” could be right at home in this chart of other programmatic Irish-set romantic comedies. [Click the chart to see it full size.]