Ok, so as far as sappy romantic comedies go, I'm a sucker for mostly all of them. However, occasionally I can't help but wish I didn't know what was going to happen next.
I've been hearing about Leap Year since last year, and I've heard of its premise many years before that. Not because it's your average boy-meets-girl, girl-hates-boy, and then boy-charms-girl rom-com, but because it's based on a superstition I just happened to have read of once. Apparently, in Ireland, if a girl asks a man to marry her on February 29th, he has to say yes. So in the film, the desperate young lady (Amy Adams) eager to wed her boyfriend flies all the way to Dublin to trap him into an involuntary engagement. Super romantic, right? Of course, if it were that simple, the movie would be shorter than her flight. Fortunately, bad weather, shitty cell phone reception, and the desolate lands of Ireland allow for quite the road trip with a hot innkeeper (Matthew Goode from Watchmen and Chasing Liberty) to help her get to her future betrothed. By the last scene of the trailer, hell by the last sentence I just wrote, you've figured out the happy ending. See for yourself:
Release Date: January 8th
While I realize that Tina Fey and Steve Carrell's star-studded comedy (Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, James Franco, Leighton Meester, Ray Liotta, Mark Ruffalo, Kristen Wiig, and rapper Common) isn't really considered romantic, I do prefer the unpredictability its madcap premise provides. Much like Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker's upcoming Did You Hear About the Morgans?, a married couple going through a turning point in their relationship gets themselves entangled in an illegal situation. But instead of fleeing to Southern small-town witness protection like the Morgans, they spend their kid-free date night in the big city trying to stay alive. While you've probably already guessed that they'll survive, how they survive is the exciting part.
Release Date: April 9th