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Kate and Leopold
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by EricDSnider

"Meg Ryan sleepwalks through another romantic comedy."
3 stars

Meg Ryan has carved out a niche that should be named after her, where she plays perky career women who find love in New York City, often with Tom Hanks.

In "Kate & Leopold," her character is named Kate McKay (not to be confused with “You’ve Got Mail,” where she was Kathleen Kelly), and she is a marketing research executive who occasionally shows romantic comedies to test audiences to see what they like. Kate lives her life this way, too: She likes her relationships to be normal, straightforward, and typical. She doesn't believe in catering to the small minority with different tastes and opinions; she prefers to make everything as fully marketable and mass-appealish as possible.

"Kate & Leopold" presents her this way without irony, even though you are no doubt already seeing it emerge: Meg Ryan, who plays the same role in every movie, is playing a woman who would probably be Meg Ryan's biggest fan.

Her ex-boyfriend, would-be inventor Stuart (Liev Schreiber), lives in the apartment above hers and is one day joined by a guest. It is Leopold (Hugh Jackman), a very proper British noble whom Stuart has snatched from history (1876, specifically) and brought forward through a naturally occurring time portal.

Leopold is unfailingly polite and charming, and Jackman does some of his best work to date in a role that allows him to be funny and affable while also setting female audience members' undergarments on fire. Leopold and Kate are destined for each other, naturally, though she has a hard time believing he's actually from 1876, as does her actor brother Charlie (Breckin Meyer).

Much of the film is devoted to the budding romance between the title characters, though in the background we remember a point mentioned right off: Leopold has to go back to the past at a certain time next Monday, or else he'll be stuck here forever. Whatever will they do?

Director James Margold ("Girl, Interrupted") has this film firmly entrenched in romance, pushing all the buttons that make women coo and men roll their eyes. There are Gershwin songs in the score, for crying out loud. Margold has fashioned quite a good date movie, though, leaving out the embarrassing sex and nudity and leaving in enough actual comedy -- and solid stuff, too -- to keep everyone happy.

The script, by Mangold and Steven Rogers, has some sloppy points, including some anachronisms from Leopold, and the obligatory public speech at the end, where Kate has to make her decision and embarrass herself in front of everyone. (The fact that Meg Ryan is apparently now sleepwalking through these performances doesn't help it any.)

The plot is all over the place, with Kate using Leopold as a TV-commercial pitchman, Charlie using Leopold's expertise in wooing women, and Kate's boss (Bradley Whitford) attempting sexual harassment against her. None of these really goes anywhere; they are amusing diversions while we're waiting for Kate and Leopold to get together. The whole movie, in fact, is an amusing diversion while we're waiting for something better to come along.

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User Comments

2/09/17 Suzanne Meg's haircut was distracting; Hugh was a dreamboat 4 stars
12/21/11 Dr.Lao Girly porn about how wonderful men were in the age when women were considered property 1 stars
7/10/08 Rio A damn fine example of how annoying chivalry can get. But at least Breckin Meyer was in it. 1 stars
2/15/08 David Cohen I don't think I was the target audience of this empty headed drivel 1 stars
12/20/06 William Goss A surprisingly amiable, if tidy, time-travel rom-com. Director's cut is more interesting. 3 stars
2/08/06 sweetgrrl1972 Uptight, unlikable women meets rude, effeminate man. Creepy incest implied with ex 1 stars
12/07/04 Stephanie Pennell IT is a sweet movie 5 stars
10/25/04 Aaron Smith Compare Jackman's performance here with his Wolverine in X-Men. 4 stars
10/23/04 R.W. Welch Time as a pretzel...interesting notion. Okay fantasy romance tho a little uneven. 3 stars
5/31/04 Nobody Passable, hardly exceptional 3 stars
5/09/04 Cynic How can a man from 1876 see an opera (La Boheme) which was first written in 1896? 1 stars
5/02/04 Elizabeth There are mistakes in every movie. I've seen muchworse but excludingthe mistakes it's great 5 stars
3/30/04 Faustus It's all about Jackman- just skip the Meg Ryan solo scenes, and it's almost watchable. 2 stars
11/05/03 Monster W. Kung Eeeh... it's ok. Not too painful is right. 3 stars
8/13/03 Panda Regardless of the bad facts, its a good getaway from life 4 stars
7/24/03 Shadaan Feleli What a waste of a gorgeous cast ! 2 stars
5/29/03 Kelli Shit, shit, and more shit 1 stars
5/09/03 JL Hugh is sexy, Meg needs to go away. Or pick diffrent roles some of the time. 3 stars
2/24/03 jhelum excellent movie it makes u dream when dreams are almost unaffordable 4 stars
1/07/03 tina crap 2 stars
7/29/02 Kyle As far as chick flicks go, you could do worse. 2 stars
7/04/02 KMG #1 Hugh must ALWAYS take his shirt off, #2 Meg must never act again 2 stars
6/18/02 Roy Smith Wolverine saves it, Ryan has lost it. Not too painful. 3 stars
6/14/02 natasha some genuine laughs, Hugh Jackman deserves better material 4 stars
6/11/02 hilary awesome 5 stars
6/01/02 Chris the greatest romance of the year. Rare is a film that teaches us how to love and be in love 5 stars
5/22/02 Veronica Foxx Meg needs 2 pry her mop head out of her own ass & realize she sucks. Find a new role 4 once 2 stars
5/18/02 sybille lovely - though not for the brain, definitely for the heart! 4 stars
4/27/02 Danielle H it rocked 5 stars
3/25/02 susan coon its a great movie 5 stars
3/14/02 Christine Mendoza Meg, Hugh and Breckin are GREAT! Loved the Movie! 5 stars
1/30/02 The Queene of Romance NEWSBREAK: PRINCE CHARMING FOUND: Hugh Jackman in "Kate & Leopold" 5 stars
1/23/02 Dan Hogan Jackman was good, Ryan below par, movie was uneven. Below average chic flic. 3 stars
1/07/02 The Boy In The Designer Bubble Meg Ryan needs to call Helen Hunt for advice on how to be a successful mediocre actress! 1 stars
1/04/02 Suzz light entertainment; Ryan needs to find a new role to play 3 stars
1/03/02 KMG Meg is a hosebag...stupid bitch! I wanna fuck Hugh's dick 'tween my tits 3 stars
1/03/02 Matt Utt Kate and Leopold are the names of my illegitimate children. I pack fudge with Joe Stark 5 stars
12/30/01 poetchuck Like Meg Ryan -- like this movie 5 stars
12/27/01 Todd My girlfriend likes this movie, so now I have to dump her. This movie is donkey shit. 1 stars
12/26/01 Morpheous WHY GOD! WHY! WHO GREENLIGHTS THIS CRAP! 1 stars
12/26/01 Raiven dumb, formulaic, sloppy, predictable: I hate myself for liking it 4 stars
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