Forget Irish Wish, 24%-Rated Amy Adams’ Romcom Is Surprisingly Better

Forget Irish Wish, 24%-Rated Amy Adams’ Romcom Is Surprisingly Better
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The reason to learn about the Bachelor’s Day tradition and to fall in love with Ireland.


  • Irish Wish, Lindsay Lohan ’s new movie, blowing up Netflix ’s top these days, can be considered as an unfair representation of Irish culture.
  • Amy Adams’ 2010 romcom already tried to feature a romantic story in the obstacles of the trip to Dublin.
  • Despite low ratings, the movie managed to deliver proper Irish vibes.

While Lindsay Lohan’s light-hearted romantic comedy, set in the landscapes of Ireland, continues its strong domination in Netflix’s global chart, it’s still far, far away from faithful representation of modern Ireland. It can be a good reason to recall other movies of this genre, addressing Irish culture and locations – and one movie does stand out.

It follows a real estate stager, Anna Brady (portrayed by Amy Adams), who is getting tired of waiting for a proposal from her long-time boyfriend Jeremy (Adam Scott). When he heads to Dublin for work, Anna acknowledges a peculiar Celtic tradition called Bachelor's Day, which allows women to propose their men on February 29, which happens only in a leap year, and plans to take advantage of this custom.

However, as it always happens both in movies and in real life, you never know where you can find what is destined for you. On her way to Ireland, Anna meets Irish innkeeper Declan (Matthew Goode), who accompanies her to Dublin and somewhat breaks her initial intentions, putting her between the old plans and the new unexpected feelings.

Yes, we’re talking about Anand Tucker’s 2010 romcom titled Leap Year, which was received quite negatively by critics after its release, but then became a classic movie to watch on February 29 and a cultish movie representation of Bachelor’s Day.

In fact, the movie was criticized for some inaccuracies, mostly concerning Ireland’s geography, as the time for which characters walk from one city to another doesn’t often correlate with the real distances between Irish cities.

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Nevertheless, no one really cares about such details when it’s showing a funny, compelling love story and can give you an authentic visual impression of Ireland despite some obvious film’s simplifications.

“Bruh, my dad (who is from Ireland and never watches movies) took 14 year old me to see this movie in theaters because HE WANTED TO SEE IT,” shares their memories of Leap Year’s hype Redditor @bananaspartying in a recent discussion.

Even though it’s mentioned that this movie brought some stereotypes with it too, it’s now appreciated due to its uplifting lightness, humor and the decision to cast Matthew Goode.

You can check Leap Year out as an older attempt on a romcom set in Ireland, which is now available on Netflix and Prime.