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Kate & Leopold

Kate & Leopold

Meg Ryan, after a short foray into adventure mode with Proof of Life, is back to what she does best - romantic comedy.

Ryan (sporting one of the worst hairdos ever) stars as Kate, a no-nonsense market researcher who is unlucky in love.  She lives below Stewart (Liev Schreiber), her ex-boyfriend, and a sweet guy, but a bit of a dreamer who couldn't commit to her.

What Stewart does commit to is experiments with time travel.  He jumps through a "wrinkle in time" and ends up in 1876 New York, where he meets his great, great grandfather Leopold (Hugh Jackman).

Leopold is a proper English Duke who moved to Manhattan to find a rich bride and when Stewart returns to the present, Leopold mistakenly gets sucked back along with him.

Upon meeting Leopold, dressed in nineteenth century finery, Kate thinks he's an actor like her brother Charles (Brekin Meyer) who shares her apartment.  However, when Leopold continues his "act", she thinks he must be crazy.

It's fun to see Leopold deal with modern gadgets and life-styles, but most entertaining is watching him sweep the cynical Kate off her feet.

Both Schreiber and Meyer add a special touch to their to their secondary roles.  It's the first time I've seen Schreiber play a comedic character and he's wonderful.  And Meyer has just the right mixture of vulnerability and goofiness as Charles.

Ryan has played this part so many times before, she could easily do it in her sleep.  However, it's still great fun watching her hardened view of life melt as the handsome, charismatic Leopold works his gentlemanly magic on her.  Jackman is naturally charming and the two stars are fabulous together.

I'm happy to say that this delightful romantic comedy proves that even in the 21st century, chivalry is still alive.

 
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