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Not a Bad Chick Flick

  • Jul 13, 2010

Being that this movie has been on continually on the subscription movie channels I figured I would write a little review. The movie overall is a watchable chick flick with witty banter between the main characters, Meg Ryan (Kate), Hugh Jackman (Leopold), Breckin Meyer (Charlie), and Liev Schreiber (Stuart).

Warning, slight spoiler alert with the plot. Leopold follows Stuart through a worm hole of time from his time in 1876 to modern day New York. Being that Leopold was inventing the elevator, his time travel interrupts all elevator service in which Stuart, ex-boyfriend and downstairs neighbor of Kate, falls down the elevator shaft and winds up in the hospital. While he's there Kate and Leopold start spending time together, reluctantly on her part, where she finds that his 18Th century mannerisms makes him a perfect candidate for the new margarine commercial her company is helping to put together. Kate who is trying to get a big promotion at her firm, goes go dinner with her boss, who is trying to get her into a relationship with him, is bamboozled by Leopold's knowledge of opera, French and the lack of history on the boss's new 18Th century home in England. Leopold's idea of an apology is a romantic dinner on the roof top and in the meantime is giving love advice to Kate's brother Charlie. Stuart is committed to the psychic ward of the hospital and once he escapes with the help of a nurse sees the pictures he took of the night he was back in 1876 that shows Kate at the ball where Leopold was to announce his choice of women to take as a wife. Once Leopold returns to 1876, Stuart  convinces Kate that  her that and Leopold were meant to be and that she has to jump off the Brooklyn bridge to find the love of her life.

The acting from each of the characters is not a huge stretch from what they normally do in other movies, but the combination of all of them together makes for a fun couple of hours. Of course while this isn't one of Hugh Jackman's best movies, it's fun to get to watch him in a romantic role with that English accent and makes wearing a three piece 18Th century suit look good even on the streets of modern day New York. Yes, he can even sell crappy diet butter to the most skeptical of women watching day time soap operas. While nothing to write home about, if your home on a Friday night with nothing much else to do, this movie is fun to watch, and has a nice feel good ending.

Not a Bad Chick Flick

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Kate & Leopold
 is a 2001 romantic comedy motion picture that tells a story of a duke who time travels from New York in 1876 to the present and falls in love with a career woman in the modern New York.

The film is directed by James Mangold and stars Meg RyanHugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber. The DVD edition contains two versions of the film: one, the original theatrical release, runs for 118 minutes while the director's cut version runs for 122. One scene in the director's cut shows Ryan's character in a test screening for a new movie and also features a cameo by Mangold.

This is Spalding Gray's final film.


In 1876, Leopold Alexis Elijah Walker Gareth Thomas MountbattenDuke of Albany and future inventor of the elevator, is a stifled dreamer. Strict Uncle Millard (Paxton Whitehead) has no patience for Leopold's disrespect for the monarchy, chastising him and telling him he must marry a rich American, as the Mountbatten family finances are depleted. His uncle has told him that on his "thirtieth birthday he had become a blemish to the family name".

The Duke finds Stuart Besser (Liev Schreiber), an amateur physicist (and descendant of Leopold, according to deleted scenes) perusing his schematic diagrams and taking photographs of them. He had seen him earlier at Roebling's speech about the Brooklyn Bridge. Leopold ...

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