Young actor and screenwriter whose most visible cinematic activity, prior to co-scripting Spike Lee's "Crooklyn" (1994), was as the helpful bellboy of Screamin' Jay Hawkin's fly-swatting hotel owner i...
The majesty of the Emerald Isle is on full display in Leap Year an opposites attract romantic comedy starring Amy Adams (Julie & Julia Enchanted) and Matthew Goode (A Single Man Watchmen). Director Anand Tucker (Shopgirl Hilary and Jackie) shooting entirely on location in Ireland takes us on a whirlwind tour of the country’s breathtaking landscape reveling in its fabled fairy-tale charm.
Pity then that such a magnificent setting is so mercilessly defaced by Leap Year’s unrelenting mediocrity. The film’s dubious premise testing the already loose limits of rom-com believability casts Adams as Anna a type-A career girl who flies to Ireland intending to pop the question to her feet-dragging boyfriend on February 29th aka Leap Day. Why Leap Day? Because according to some idiotic old Irish tradition that’s when women are allowed to do such things. (Click here to watch Adams herself try to explain the plot.)
Unfortunately for Anna weather problems force her plane to land far away from Dublin and her would-be fiance. Trapped in a tiny coastal town with no reliable transportation at her disposal she enlists the help of a scruffy abrasive barkeep named Declan (Goode) to drive her cross-country so she can reach her destination by the 29th. And thus begins the traditional rom-com mating ritual of sexually-charged bickering followed by moments of abrupt awkward intimacy.
While watching Leap Year I swear I could hear the Irish countryside quietly weeping as it witnessed Goode and Adams slog through the film's succession of trite misadventures the talented actors straining in vain to manufacture some semblance of romantic chemistry as an assortment of jolly Waking Ned Devine types futilely spurred them on. Oh if only Greenpeace could have intervened and put a halt to such wanton environmental desecration. It's the worst thing to come out of Ireland since The Cranberries.
Videotaped documentary on the making of "Do The Right Thing" (date approximate)
Feature acting debut "School Daze"
Directed "Nowhere Fast", featuring sister Joie
First produced screenplay (co-written with Joie and Spike Lee), "Crooklyn"
Appeared in "Mysetry Train", first film unrelated to Spike Lee
Started Child Hoods Productions with Joie Lee (date approximate)
Young actor and screenwriter whose most visible cinematic activity, prior to co-scripting Spike Lee's "Crooklyn" (1994), was as the helpful bellboy of Screamin' Jay Hawkin's fly-swatting hotel owner in Jim Jarmusch's "Mystery Train" (1989). "Crooklyn", which Lee wrote with sister Joie and brother Spike, was a family affair: the story featured an African-American family in Brooklyn during the 1970s that was loosely based on Lee's own family.
died 1977; taught black literature at St. Anne's, a private school in Brooklyn