Anna Brady (Amy Adams) seems to have it all. A great, well-paying job in Boston as a real estate stager, a cardiologist boyfriend, and access to great resources. The only problem with the boyfriend, Jeremy (Adam Scott) is that he has not asked Anna to marry him. They have been together for four years, and now with the opportunity to move into an exclusive high-end apartment complex comes up, Anna is getting anxious about Jeremy’s seemingly lack of commitment.
While shopping for a cocktail dress, Anna’s friend, Libby (Kaitlin Olson) comes in to tell her that she saw Jeremy at a very posh jewelry store, and that he might be popping the question on their date tonight. Later that day, while having a drink with her father, Jack Brady (John Lithgow) at a local pub, she mentions that she is very close to getting engaged. Her father tells her of a tradition in Ireland that if a woman asks a man to marry her on February 29, Leap Day, he must accept. Anna feels confident that she should not have to do this. Dinner comes around, and the little box that was supposed to have a diamond ring in it contains lovely diamond earrings instead. Anna is let down, but keeps her spirits up. As it turns out, Jeremy is going to Ireland for a doctors’ convention. She might just have to use the old legend to her advantage, after all.
Anna follows Jeremy to Ireland, but a huge storm has washed in, and the plane is diverted to Cardiff. Anna gets desperate to get to Dublin, and looks for anything to get her their, and eventually buys a ride on a fishing boat. This is a brutal storm, and the captain says there is no way he can dock in Dublin, so he lets her off in a little port town, Dingle, and she has to find her way to Dublin from there. She goes to the tavern, and meets with a cynical innkeeper, Declan O’Callaghan (Matthew Goode). Declan is just clinging to his inn, and is getting desperate for cash. Anna offers him 500 Euros for a ride to Dublin, and he agrees. Soon, her life soon becomes an adventure, and things get more complicated for her as she learns more about Declan, her own arrogance and high-maintenance ways, and how just weird the weather can be when trying to get across Ireland from Dingle to Dublin.
Declan has his own bad history with some Dublin residents, and is reluctant to even go, but when cash is this close at hand, he cannot let it go. From bumpy roads and cattle crossings, to Louis Vuitton luggage heist and hailstorms, they make their way, using cars and busses, since they missed the train in Tipperary. the only real freedom they have is to figure things out on their own, but when they reach Dublin on Feb, 29th, and Jeremy does propose for all the wrong reasons, maybe the little adventure was not such a bad thing.
This movie is cute, and does have its charm, there are better films out there with Ireland as its background. Clisair really enjoyed this one, but I found The Secret of Kells to be far more enjoyable.
I give this film a Musing review of