“Kate & Leopold,” reviewed by Jennifer Anne Messing.
Comedy/Time travel/Romance. Rated PG-13 for brief, strong language. Appropriate for family viewing, with kids ages 13 and up. Check your favorite local and online movie rental stores, or the public library for availability.
“Kate & Leopold” is a one-hour, fifty-eight minute, 2001 Miramax Films release, in color, directed by James Mangold, starring Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman and Breckin Meyer. This Golden Globe award-winning time-travel drama is incredibly funny and entertaining―but with enough love interest to satisfy even the most romantic at heart.
Meg Ryan stars as Kate McCay, a quintessential 21st century career woman climbing up the corporate ladder. She lives in New York City with her younger brother, Charlie (Breckin Meyer), who is an aspiring actor. When Meg’s ex-boyfriend, Stuart (Liev Schrieber), finds a portal near the Brooklyn Bridge he is transported back in time but then returns to the present with a handsome bachelor named Leopold (Hugh Jackman) from the 19th century.
Stuart gets involved in a mishap that puts him in the hospital for several days. During this time, Meg’s life is turned upside down when she discovers that Leopold is actually a duke who is unaccustomed to modern life, and who can’t be left alone for very long. Circumstances then bring Meg, Charlie and Leopold together on a whirlwind adventure in friendship and shared experiences in New York City. And it isn’t very long before cynical Meg and trustworthy Leopold also come to discover that true love, chivalry and honor are timeless and relevant across the centuries.
“Kate & Leopold” is a well-produced modern film that’s woven with traditional values. The dialogue is witty and engaging. Meg Ryan is convincing in her portrayal of an ambitious, business-minded woman, and Hugh Jackman is perfectly cast as the lovable Duke of Albany. This is a charming romantic-comedy movie the whole family can enjoy!
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Portland residents can borrow “Kate & Leopold” (2001) on DVD, at the Multnomah County Library, tel. 503-988-5234. “Kate & Leopold” (2001) in DVD format can be rented at Movie Madness, 4320 SE Belmont, Portland, Oregon, 97215, tel. 503-234-4363.
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Author, poet, speaker and singer Jennifer Anne F. Messing of Portland, Oregon, is a wife and mother of three children. She has a bachelor’s degree in Christian Education and Journalism. A past president of the Oregon Christian Writers, Jennifer Anne has over 200 articles, movie reviews, and poems published in 60 magazines and books, including The Christian Journal, Evangel, LIVE, Standard, Bible Advocate, Christian Fiction Online and Nudges from God. Her poetry gift book, “MORNING’S PROMISE: Poetic Moments in His Presence” is now available in trade paperback and e-book (Kindle) format. CLICK HERE TO ORDER, or find more information on her website: www.JenniferAnneMessing.com.
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