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Leap Year, starring Amy Adams and Mathew Goode, is an engaging family film with some bite and surprise to it. The whole family can enjoy it together, but the language and the sheer oceans of alcohol consumed in it might lever the rating up to PG-13 from PG.

I liked the fact that the whole audience seemed to be laughing out loud quite often during the showing, and so was I. The film also has an uplifting moral without being preachy.

The plot is hilarious – a young professional woman livign with her boyfirned for 4 years (we never see a love scene between them, however) is disappointed in not receiving an engagement ring for Valentine’s Day and flies to Ireland after him to propse on Leap Day, February 29. The weather and transportation are all dead set against her doing this and each delay is more humorous than the last.

My pastor states that all delays are from God and in this film, maybe they are just so. Whomever they may be from, He has a sense of humor. Irish legends and misquoted superstitions add a layer of hilarity to the already slapstick proceedings. By the time a viewer leaves the film, he feels pretty happy, Recession or no.

I will say that I noticed something about the audience in the matinee slot I saw the picture. This was that it seemed to be one of the most obese audiences I have seen in the MidWest. Being good at calculations, I found that 75% of the audience was in the obese category at least, that about half of these were women, with an overlapping half of the 75% (men and women) having to be over 150 pounds overweight. Though few children were in attendance, one eight-year-old girl caught my eye, because she was over 25+ pounds overweight already.

What’s happened to the MidWest during the Recession of 2008 – 2009 or ’10? It seems to have gained more weight, and not all form the Holiday Fortnight or 12-day. This cannot be good for for their health and will give the new Healthcare Plan from Washington a run for its money in the near future.


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