Kate and Leopold
Reviewed by Sharon Turner
Rating: 8 Beans
h lordy, is Meg Ryan on a massive losing streak or what? Of course, it doesn't help that I've never liked her, oh well. But this...this stinking offal that is supposed to be partially romantic, partially funny and partially the Time Machine adds up to nothing.
The *only* redeeming quality is being able to look at Hugh Jackman for a bit of time, but you have to be able to put up with all the rest of the stench which makes that bit of eye candy sort of melty and gross.
Ok, so what's the plot? Meg Ryan is some sort of advertising executive (hits a little too close to home for my taste) who lives in an apartment below her ex-boyfriend. Her ex-boyfriend, Liev Schreiber, is some sort of science dude who has discovered that time is not quite what it seems and you can travel through it when it has these little storms...and there's one right off the Brooklyn Bridge. So the ex-boyfriend is off in olden NY taking pictures, etc. and the disenchanted with himself Hugh Jackman, playing some sort of English royalty sees him (there is a side plot involving the invention of the elevator which is vaguely amusing later in the movie) and follows him back through the time storm.
Liev hits his head and gets put in the hospital (conveniently for the length of the movie it seems), Jackman wakes up in Liev's apartment and wanders downstairs and meets Ryan and her brother, Breckin Myer, an aspiring actor who thinks that Jackman is just staying in character. Capers and humor, or stilted attempts at it, ensue and of course Jackman and Ryan end up falling in love...in one week, with Jackman seemingly unloading his old time sensibilities with the ease he sheds his trousers.
With all the plot subtlety of an anvil in a Road Runner cartoon, Jackman goes back to olden NY and Ryan figures out that she doesn't want the stinky old promotion to take over the entire NY office or whatever and wants to go back and be an olden NY gal...and magically her dress changes to an olden NY dress on the way through the time storm...give me a break.
Ugh, it was the only movie playing that wasn't sold out. Next time I'll just skip it and go get drunk or something.
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