Give this ho-hum romcom a wide berth

2010-04-19 00:00

THINK Ireland, think romance. At least, that’s what director Anand Tucker is relying on to warm the viewer to this love story. There are the picturesque country lanes and fields framed by ramshackle stone hedges. There’s rain. There’s greenery. There’s rain. There are quaintly querulous locals. There’s rain. There’s a rundown country pub. There’s hail. There’s a romantic castle. There’s rain.

Doesn’t sound like enough to hold a story together, does it? After all, it’s not supposed to be a travelogue, or a real estate guide, or a scenes from a home video for Irish World Cup fans who may be feeling homesick for the mother country.

No, it’s supposed to be a love story, a romantic comedy to be precise. There are indeed rings, two in fact. There’s a wedding in which the bride gets hit by a flying shoe. But it’s not the climax, just a chocolate-box moment along the way for our would-be lovers to get soppy over. Actually, she gets soppy drunk and he gets coy in the way mysterious men do when they nurse some deep, long-held hurt.

There are proposals, two of them. But neither is the one we are primed to expect.

There was another unexpected turn, a power failure. No, not in the story, in the mall. This followed the one of an hour before that interrupted lunch. But all’s well that ends well.

There is a plot, of course: neurotic woman (Amy Adams) gets tired of waiting for boyfriend to propose so she jets off after him from New York to Ireland so she can make him a leap year marriage proposal (of course women can’t do this on any other day).

Her plans don’t go smoothly and she’s thrown off course, meeting a laconic leprechaun on the way (not really), which makes her a better person.

That’s as much as I can bring myself to say about the flimsiest romcom by numbers movie to come around in a while.

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